Being of the pack-rat variety, this post with advice on reducing your piles struck a cord.
Once you’ve made that commitment to eliminate piles the first thing you should do is check all your flat surfaces.
A hallmark of a person who has piling issues is that every flat surface around them will have a stack of something on it. Their floor with have piles of clothes, or CDs or cords. Their desks will have piles of papers, notes or books. Clear those surfaces off right now by putting all those things you pile away.
I don’t know that this will make any difference to my pack-rat tendencies, but it’s nice to have a resource out there just in case.