Monday, October 31, 2016

Wait! You've Been Peeling Sticky Notes Wrong Your Entire Life

Think about how you use sticky-notes (aka “Post-It Notes”). You probably used one today or at least somewhat recently. Was it a sticky note from Ministry Ideaz? Regardless, you likely wrote on the Post-It, grabbed the bottom and then just ripped it upwards off the stack to stick it somewhere, right?


It turns out we’ve all been using Post-Its incorrectly this whole time.

Apparently, you’re supposed to pull the Post-It off the stack not from the bottom up, but from the side. There's a reason Post-Its never seem to stick to anything and always curl up, and the reason is that you’re peeling it off incorrectly. And now that we’re providing sticky notes here at Ministry Ideaz, we thought it would be good to have a little refresher on “proper sticky-note peeling etiquette.” After all, they didn’t exactly teach us this in high school. So,... think “side-to-side,” not “bottom-to-top.”

Most of us peel sticky notes from the bottom, but that ends up making the Post-It curl where the adhesive is. So try this Sticky Note Hack: Start at the left of the pad and pull the paper to the right (or vice versa). Voilà! A flat-lying note.

Confused? Don't worry; we illustrated it with some of our sticky notes for Jehovah’s Witnesses we had lying around.

Most people's first instinct is to grab a Post-it and pull it straight upwards. Unfortunately, this causes the note to curl up towards the top. So, what's the solution?

Pull from the side! Instead of grabbing the bottom and pulling up towards the sticky side, grab the side of the Post-it and drag it across the sticky side. When you do it this way, you’re left with a nice, flat note.

Still skeptical? See for yourself! Here is a side-by-side comparison of the notes, one of which looks way easier to write on, and won’t fall off your computer screen or refrigerator.

See how the wrong way curls up and off the wall, and the right way just stays flat and smooth?

So there you have it: The perfect “Post-It peeling” form. Go ahead and peel your sticky notes as they were meant to be peeled. Be the change you wish to see in the world! And hey! Check out the fancy new JW Sticky Notes available now at Ministry Ideaz.

I can't help but wonder what else I’ve been doing wrong this whole time ...


  1. Wowsers that got me out of a sticky situation! ­čśéKatherine

  2. The things you learn from Ministry Ideaz. :)

  3. Oh my gosh who would have known there was such finesse??

  4. I feel I have been in the dark for so many years. Thank you for helping a "Post-it-Note" challenged customer. :)

  5. This is an all together silly over all over done explanation of post it notes ever and I just couldn't read it all
    Thanks for thoroughly training us all. LOL

  6. Who knew? Excellent step-by-step instructions with illustrations!

  7. Wow! We've all learnt something new today! Who would have known we had to have a course in how to remove a sticky note from the pad lol!

  8. Thanks for the heads up.

    Now I know. Thx

  9. Why doesn't "Post-it" say anything about this?? Do they know? ��

  10. WOW, thanks for the information! I'm glad to learn something new everyday!