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How to stick a sticky note

by Martin Schapendonk on May 17, 2013 · 39 comments

While doing my work in a lean and agile way, I work with sticky notes quite often. When sticked to a wall or whiteboard, it is quite crucial that they do not move until I want them to. Unfortunately, it sometimes happens that the sticky notes fall down to the ground… What a disaster!

Although the sticky note manufacturers are also selling Extra Fantastic Super sticky notes, these are not always available and they come at premium cost. There is an easier solution! Read on for a best practice to stick a sticky note to a wall without risking that it will fall down.

I hear you thinking: “Is this guy kidding me? I know how to stick a sticky note!”. Please, try it for yourself and judge me afterwards 🙂


Grab some sticky notes!
Sticky notes

The Wrong Way

Take the sticky note at the bottom and move it upwards to remove it from the pad. See the photo, the blue line indicates where the adhesive is, and the red arrow is the direction to move the sticky note.
From bottom to top
Now look at that note. It is curled where the adhesive is!
Result from bottom to top
Stick it somewhere on the wall and pray it doesn’t fall off before you reach the end of this blog post.
Sticked curly sticky note

The Right Way

Now take another sticky note. Start at the left side of the pad and pull the note to the right. See the picture; the blue line indicates the adhesive again, and the red arrow is the direction to move the sticky note.
From left to right
Look at the result again. It’s perfectly flat!
Flat, not curled
Now stick it next to the curled note (if it’s still there of course). See the difference?
The difference

Remember this and your sticky notes will never, EVER, come off that wall again.

Happy sticking!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Laurens May 18, 2013 at 7:34 am

Bloody brilliant!


Jane June 20, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Definitely Brilliant! But there is an alternative! We use rewritable magnets at a whiteboard. No problems white stick notes falling down anymore.


Aju Antony December 9, 2014 at 9:34 am

I knew i was doing something wrong, thanks for this


omid July 12, 2015 at 11:50 am

great .. great .. great


Sukhjinder Kharaud September 21, 2015 at 11:32 pm

Lol that’s actually BRILLIANT. Thank you


baby March 3, 2016 at 4:28 am

That’s awesome!


Tony March 12, 2016 at 5:28 am

Thank you for the tip!!


Dasher March 15, 2016 at 12:21 pm



Joseph March 15, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Good to know, thanks! But it came to my mind that so 3M is teaching us wrong way to use post-it when they sell their dispensers for post-it.. 🙂


Frank Dorst March 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm

This is brilliant!


Daisy March 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm



anders April 7, 2016 at 9:38 am

Came here from a quora post, that my friend, is magic!
Thank you!


Alex July 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm

My wife is using same technique as yours, now appreciate better what shes doing. I understand it completely!


Declan September 22, 2016 at 2:22 am

Try this …

Lift the front end of the sticky and pull straight back without lifting up. Flat sticky.


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