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FEATURE/Myth of the Bunny Slippers Debunked by Entrants in Stacks & Stacks "World's Messiest Home Office Contest".

--(BUSINESS WIRE FEATURES)--

Have you dreamt of working in a home office in your pjs and fuzzy slippers? Most people have. But take it from those who work at home. It's not all it's cracked up to be.

According to the more than 1,000 entrants in Stacks & Stacks web-based "World's Messiest Home Office Contest" a disorganized home office can be a source of shame, stress, poor credit, strained relationships and just plain craziness for the half of the American work force who toil in home-based businesses.( Please Note: Additional information is online at http://www.stacksandstacks.com/stacks-contest-winner.htm_)

Mandy Traineanu, president of New England Industrial Sales, the contest winner, accuses the stacks of paper of secretly breeding and blames an "Office Beast" for the mess which gives her "nightmares of floods of paper swallowing me up alive." Her messy office has won her $500 in merchandise from Stacks web site and a free consultation with Professional Organizer Cyndi Seidler. The runner up in the contest at http://www.stacksandstacks.com, artist Jackie Sandstrom, apologized about the office mess to a workman who said "Aw, every house has a junk room."

"Being disorganized can really hurt the bottom line, and also make people feel they've lost control" says Mel Ronick, president of Stacks & Stacks, the California-based chain of thousands of stylish storage and organization products. "This contest generated the most wild and interesting essays," says Seidler, "revealing some pretty heart-felt reasons why the contest entrants need help getting organized."

Many entrants admitted to being ashamed of their messy offices and said they have quadruplicates of files because they can never find the originals; that they pay bills late because they get lost in the quagmire; and that they spent more time looking for things than working. "I'm working on my PhD...piled high but deeper," lamented craft maker Barbara Brewer. Donna Park said of her office services business, "I am not messy. I'm just in my fifth (or is it sixth) year of getting organized."

A number of contestants noted that they are basically organized people but that they didn't know where to start in their home offices. Many who had started their own businesses after working in offices with support services and secretaries were suddenly and overwhelmingly without such systems. "We would like to hire a secretary," says Traineanu, "but where would we put her?"

The numbers of home-based businesses are staggering. The U.S. Association of Home Businesses estimates that more than 55 million people will be working at home by the year 2,000 and the U.S. Small Business Administration says that approximately half of America's small businesses are home based. Small business employ 53 percent of the workforce.
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