You probably know the feeling as you’re about to leave the house only to realize that you can’t find your keys, phone, iPod, headphones, glasses, or whatever else you need! Could it be pixies moving your stuff in the night? Whatever the reasons for your suddenly missing items, you’ll want to find them as quickly as possible – but this isn’t usually what happens. Instead, most people will start looking in vain as they start blaming other people for moving their stuff! However, you don’t have to put up with this stressful reaction. These tips will help you find your misplaced stuff, as well as helping you to stop losing things in the first place!
Five Quick Search Tips:
1. Stay Calm!
So, you need to be leaving for work or college right now, but try to stay calm. Panicking will only make you lose your focus, making it harder to find what you are looking for. Conversely, keeping calm will help your search…
2. Be Organized In Your Search
Experts say that a lot of people fall into the trap of looking in the same places repeatedly as the flit from room to room. Make sure you check one room at a time, only moving to the next one when you have exhausted your search. This will stop you returning and searching places you have already checked.
3. Check The Clutter
Research has shown that people have a tendency to ignore the cluttered tricky places to search, instead repeatedly looking to the more obvious, tidier spots. Rather than looking at the table where you thought they might be, try checking among that pile of papers. Chances are, if your keys were in an obvious place, you wouldn’t be searching for them!
4. Let Your Memory Do The Work
Try to recall where you last saw the item. You can make this more powerful by trying to remember as much as you can – what you were doing, who you were with, what time it was, and any other details will help your remember where the lost item might be. Start your search in the most obvious place, such as around the area that you recall last seeing the missing item. Most times, your missing item will only be about 18 inches from where you thought it was.
5. But, Be Careful Of False Memories!
If you are searching with someone else, try to stop yourself from creating false memories. Think about how police will seek to separate witnesses at crime scenes so they can prevent them from swapping stories, be careful not to introduce false memories by using open ended questions. So, instead of saying, “Weren’t we in the car when I was last wearing my glasses,” ask, “do you remember when I last had my glasses?”
How To Stop Yourself Losing Things:
Firstly, here’s the bad news – it is actually perfectly normal for people to forget things. Plus, this can get worse as we get older and at times when we are trying to cope with a lot of different stresses at once. So, chances are, you won’t ever totally stop forgetting things. However, you can make things easier on yourself…
Putting things in the same place will certainly help. Just putting your keys down on the side when you get home is a sure-fire way to lose them. Instead, why not have a bowl to put them in, a hook on the wall to hang them on, or some other place where you always keep them?
Another good tip is to make your things stand out. Have a large key-fob, buy a bright case for your glasses, or put colorful post-it notes on important documents. When it comes to your cellphone, make sure you keep the ringer on, so you can call it if it goes AWOL. Making your stuff stand out is certainly much better than having it camouflaged to go missing in your home!