Atlas Insider: Like Things Together
I’ve mentioned a few times that we’re undergoing a big warehouse rearranging project to make both receiving and order-packing move along a little more quickly. And now I’m mentioning it again, so if you don’t wanna read more life-altering detail about that, you can just skip to the bottom and see how to sign up for the free mini-muffin basket or whatever the ladies are giving away this week!
I have an almost pathological obsession with organizing things using a “like things together” method. At home, that’s easy. Books go with other books in the library. (It should tell you everything you need to know about me that I bother to have a designated room that’s a library but have absolutely nowhere to put towels except in a corner on the floor. Visiting me is like visiting the world’s most spartan B&B. I just point with a flashlight and shout “The towels are on the floor. YOU WILL LIKE IT GOOD EVENING I SAID GOOD EVENING.”) The weedeater lives near the lawnmower somewhere down in that dark room with the well and the little poodle. Necessities in the pantry all live on the same shelf so that they’re easy to find if the lights go off or I get trapped in the back of the house avoiding a persistent Girl Scout at the door: olive oil, salt, gummy bears. Like. Things. Together.
In the Atlas warehouse, though … things get a little hairy. Worsted yarn goes near worsted yarn. Sock yarn goes with sock yarn. Seems simple, right? But the problem is a lot of things are similar to a lot of other things—or rather, each thing is similar to more than one other thing.
Does it make sense to put all worsted yarns together if they appear in, oh, six different Field Guides featuring designs from different people? Customers do tend to shop a specific Field Guide, so perhaps it makes more sense to put all of the yarns for a particular Field Guide near one another?
But wait: some people don’t use our Field Guides at all (seems crazy, but something something something, lid for every pot, I guess) and they literally just type BLUE YARN into the search box. Should we sort it that way? BLUE YARN NEAR BLUE YARN is suddenly in the mix.
We’re still fiddling. There are two of us on the warehouse side of things, and we don’t overlap often, so frequently one will come in to an all-new somethingorother system that makes perfect sense to, um, one of us but the explanatory note left behind might as well be written in Sumerian for the other.
I’m not completely intransigent! There’s a good argument for each of the ways and I certainly take them all into … ha ha, well, I thought I could type all that out with a straight face. But I cannot. There is only a good argument for the way I want to do it, but I pretend that I am listening to all the other arguments and then I just come in early the next day and move it all around and then act shocked. “Gosh, who did all that? But it does make absolute perfect sense … I never would have thought of it. Let’s try it out, I guess.”
In other words, I am gaslighting the heck out of everyone up in here. Whatever works.
The prize? A mega mini-muffin basket … The Revolution Tray.
How to enter?
Step 1: Sign up for our weekly newsletter, Snippets, right here. If you’re already subscribed, you’re set.
Step 2: Is your blue yarn by the blue yarn? Let us know in the comments about your stash and paraphernalia organizing system … if any.
Deadline for entries: Sunday, March 6, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.