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I make a living helping contractors organize their businesses. While my work includes setting up bookkeeping systems and installing software, it typically begins by reorganizing the office space itself. Often, when I enter the office of a new client for the first time, I am faced with yet another case of Stack Syndrome: Papers cover the desk, piles of magazines, catalogs, and assorted junk mail litter chair seats or corners, while heaps of just plain stuff (coats, drink containers, lunch boxes, a handful of drywall screws) occupy various horizontal surfaces. Although this can be daunting, it is simply evidence of a single problem: There is no system in operation that assigns