It Turns Out We’ve Been Using Post-it Notes Wrong All This Time

The other day I stumbled across an old blog from Martin Schapendonk called How to Stick a Sticky Note and discovered we’ve been using Post-It notes wrong all this time.

Apparently, you’re not supposed to pull the Post-It off the stack with the sticky side at the top, but rather with the sticky stuff on the side. Pulling them with the adhesive at the top makes them curl up and fall off everything. This doesn’t happen when you pull them with the adhesive at the side.

We took some pictures to show you the trick. The black line represents where the adhesive is on the Post-it note.

First, the wrong way, with the sticky line at the top of the stack:

The wrong way to peel post-it notes

The right way is to peel the Post-it off the stack with the adhesive to the side:

The right way to peel post-it notes

When you put them side by side, you can really see the difference.

The wrong way to peel post-it notes and the right way side by side

Mind = blown.

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Greg Bussmann is a Marketing Specialist at Office Essentials. He is a lifelong, proud St. Louisan, a technology enthusiast, and father to four teenage daughters. He spends his spare time providing rides, chaperoning dates and trying to keep track of his credit cards. He also enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals when it's his turn to use the remote. Email Greg anytime.