Me: Are you through with those newspapers? [stacked on the shelf next to the TV.]
SH: No. Why?
Me: Because it's three weeks' worth of papers and it looks bad.
SH: If the pile outgrows the space, then it's reason for concern. But if it fits into the available space and it's in a neat pile, then what's the problem?
Me: They're old newspapers.
SH: You don't think a neat pile is an acceptable resolution of a big mess, do you?