In the topic: Statement of Information: beginning, middle, or end?, I mentioned that I prefer to put this document at the very end. Mostly because it's time consuming, and I can use that time for reviewing the loan documents.
But there are certain documents that should be at the very beginning, and not at the end. For example, the HUD Settlement Statement. Apart from that, I pretty much leave the documents in the stacking order.
However, there are others documents, apart from the settlement statement, that I prefer to have near the top, and get them out of the way -- notarized documents.
The flow of the signing goes smoother if all of the 'swearing and stamping' is gotten out of the way.
And it allows me to put my notary stamp back in my bag -- into 'early retirement'.