So many times when we lose or even just misplace things, it is because we set something in a place that was convenient in the moment. And a lot of times we end up repeating that behavior over again for the same objects. This results in assorted piles of miscellaneous things, lost items, and also prevents certain items from ever getting a permanent home–floating around in homeless purgatory for eternity.
Often the lost zones for this offense are in entryways, on kitchen counters, or in junk drawers, if we are lucky! The key to becoming unlost first is to have established AND convenient homes for these hot little items, and second, to practice consistently hitting those homes instead of the lost zone. The reward: no lost time, no thwarted frustration.
We all know that keys and phones are major lost-and-found items. We like having hooks by the entryway door to hang our keys and the phone resting on its charging station. Convenient access is key.
How many times have you found yourself thinking, “but, I layed it down right here?” Laying things down almost always results in lost stuff. Here is our Lost List and suggested simple homes for an unlost existence:
- Sunglasses: It might be a little unconventional, but I like to make a home for my sunglasses in my car. The car is where I need them most readily. But also, the car is rarely that far away from where I am. If this is not a practical home for you, then a designated spot near the entryway will help keep them handy as you make your way outside.
- Jewelry/Watches: We sometimes remove jewelry in the bathroom, in the kitchen when we are cooking, or when we are relaxing in our favorite chair. In addition to jewelry boxes, we like jewelry trays that sit at these spaces and assist us in setting down our valuables in a mindful way.
- Thumb drives and SD Storage Cards: These items are extra slippery it seems! We suggest only one home for these at a desk or drawer in an office area. I like to put them in a pen-holder cup inside the drawer.
- Phone Chargers: I find that if we have a car charger and a home charger, the need to move chargers around decreases. Have a charging station in your home that never moves and one available at your desk/office area to cover your mobile lives.
- Stuff from your pockets: In the laundry room and/or in the bedroom a clear glass jar where we can immediately empty our pockets creates a place for us to see what we have been carrying around with all day.
- The remote: A designated basket on the coffee table or end table will ensure that we all know where the remote should land when the tv is turned off.
- Notes we leave ourselves: I suggest not writing them on paper that can be lost. Keep notes to yourself in your phone or on your favorite app and they will be with you as long as your phone or mobile device is with you.
- Gift cards/discount cards/membership cards: An app like Mobile Pocket will allow you to digitally store and present membership cards. But for discount and money cards, a business card file is a good place to store these if they won’t fit well in your own wallet.
- Lost Socks: Keep clips or a basket in your laundry room for those mismatched socks that are hard to find. That way the whole family can search for the lost pairings.
And to ensure that we don’t make ourselves late looking for keys, book bags, wallets, and purses, we love Tile for finding that which has eluded us: https://www.thetileapp.com/
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