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4 ways to never lose anything

How to never lose anything again

My brain feels cluttered. I have so much to do, so much to remember, that I forget where I put my car keys.

I can’t find my hammer.  I have had several sets of car keys cut and replaced my debit card three times in the last year. I am tired of constantly searching for my hammer and my keys. I need help.

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”
William James

4 ways to never lose anything 

1. Always put the item away immediately.  Put your debit card back in your wallet immediately after you pay. Don’t stick it in the back pocket of your jeans. I put my debit card in the back pocket of my jeans after I bought gas. I put my phone in the same pocket and flipped out my debit card when I took out my phone.

2. Every item in the house should have a home. Your hammer should have a home. It might be in a tool box, or in a drawer in the kitchen. After you hammer  the nail to hang a picture, immediately take the hammer and put it where it belongs. Do no set the hammer on top of the washing machine with plans to put it away “later.”

3. When you walk in the front door immediately hang up your keys. Have a hook right by the front door. Do not walk into the kitchen and place your keys  on the table. In an hour when you have to drive your daughter to school, you won’t remember where your keys are.

4. If you have a plan, remember to follow it. After I wrote this I went to photograph my keys . They were not on the hook by the front door. I found my keys on the table by my computer. I need to follow my own advice.

How about you?

Does your hammer have a home?  How do you keep track of your keys?


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My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Sue Sutherlin

    I, too, am plagued by trying to find my keys . . . .

    If I put them in the same place, I DO find them easily. For a while, I put them next to my cell phone (then I could call my phone and find it AND my keys!). When I take the few extra SECONDS it takes to put something where it belongs, it saves SO much in the way of stress avoided and the time spent trying to remember where I put something.

    I have also been known to pray desperately “God, PLEASE help me to find (whatever it is I am looking for at the time)!” as I race frantically around the house. Sometimes it is REALLY important stuff . . . that really makes me crazy! I do remember to thank Him when I find the thing!

  • I never kept track of my keys when I was a classroom teacher. In fact, it became a big joke with my students and I since I’d leave them in the door, on bookshelves, even on their desks! AND I had a key catch-all (that I didn’t consistently used). Thankfully, I was better with my personal keys than I was with my work ones!

  • This is not a problem for obsessive people. Do you have any advice on how to train our family members? They are the ones who don’t put things back in their designated places.

    • Good question Kathleen. I have considered adding an electric charge to the stapler and tying my scissors to the handle on my desk.

  • Lotta Wanner

    You gave us some really good points Pamela! I make a point of thinking a little extra in that moment I am holding my credit card, keys and/or wallet because it gives me so much trouble when I don’t have them! Also liked the verbalizing idea from Janelle. 🙂

    • Me too. I have done the frantic run through the house yelling, “Where are my keys?” way too many times.

  • My keys play hide and seek on me. Sometimes, they jump from side pocket to side pocket. Other times, they nestle under all the “stuff” I have in the main compartment. Then, there are other times, they jump out onto the kitchen counter and hide under all the clutter. They are slippery little things. My husband always says, “Put things back in the same place, every time.” I try. I really do. I think Janelle has something about verbalizing. I will give that a go.

    • Keys really do like to play hide and seek don’t they? I will try saying it out load like Janelle suggested and I will look into buying a homing device for my keys.

  • Janelle

    I have a friend who, when she sets something down, says it out loud. “I am putting the hammer on top of the fridge.” She says it helps. 🙂

    • I once left my hammer on top of an eight foot ladder and then forgot the hammer was there when I moved the ladder. My hair hides the three stitches. I should have said, “I am leaving my hammer on top of my ladder.”