I’ve Been Peeling Post-it Notes Wrong For My Entire Life! I’m so glad I learned This!

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Post-it notes are one of those simple, seemingly inconsequential inventions that make life all the more easier. The small pieces of paper have a strip of tacky glue on the back and come in a variety of sizes and colors. Sticky notes come in most handy when organizing paperwork and files and they’re great for leaving messages and reminders on. Besides attaching them to paper, you can stick them just about anywhere.

Most people press them onto the fridge, mirror, doors, their arm, computer screens, and really on whatever they’ll stick to. Post-its are the original brand name of the product and they’re sold just about everywhere these days. The original yellow-colored squares are iconic by now, after being developed back in the 1970’s by a man named Arthur Fry.

Fry was a scientist and inventor who worked at 3M when he accidentally created the glue that is now on the back of all Post-it notes. He was trying to make a super-strong type of adhesive but instead he ended up making the less strong, yet reusable, tacky glue that makes Post-its so great to use. The glue doesn’t leave behind any residue and won’t stick so hard that it tears anything when it’s removed.

There is a right way and a wrong way to do just about everything in life, and that includes using Post-it notes. Recently it has emerged that most people have been peeling the sticky notes the wrong way their entire lives. The most common way to go about removing a single Post-it note from the pad is by taking the bottom edge and peeling it upwards and off the pad.

This leaves the non-tacky part of the paper sticking up in the air and curled so that you can’t view it quickly. It also results in the notes catching on things and coming loose or falling off the surface they were stuck to. The correct way to remove a Post-it note is to peel it from the side while pulling along the adhesive line using a down and away motion.

Check out the video for a clear demonstration of the process and once you see it, you’ll never use a Post-it note incorrectly ever again. That’s because peeling them the right way leaves you with an ideal, flat note that won’t come off the surface you stick it to.

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