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The Principles of How to Quit Losing Stuff
© 2017 Den Warren
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If you are like me, you passionately hate it when someone asks you, “Where did you leave it last?” Since you are already frustrated hearing that simple-minded question just makes you want to scream, but you say as calmly as you can, “If I knew that, it wouldn’t be lost.” Then the inevitable accusations and denials surface. “What did you do with my thingamajig?” or “Who stole my thingamabob?” This discourse typically results in a lot of tension and arguments.
At times, we all frantically roam around looking for things because we misplaced them. (It is easier for us to admit we misplaced them, than to say we forgot them.) Lost stuff is pervasive, I would imagine that it is especially true in the western world where we tend to have a lot of stuff. The world’s economy would probably spike in productivity if everyone had everything at their fingertips all of the time.
Personally, I have a long rich history of forgetting things. Basically, I don’t possess much of a memory at all. People now attribute my scatterbrain to my old age. However, I deny any creeping dementia and attest that I have been forgetful my entire life. I think my situation is mostly because I am and always have been, mentally elsewhere. My teachers in school complained about my daydreaming.
But for whatever the reason for my mental lapses; over the years, I have found ways to usually beat the lost keychain or wallet crisis. The key preventing most lost stuff is what I shall call progressive organization.
Progressive organization is more than just the old adage you have heard your whole life about putting things in their place. Progressive organization is more than writing a grocery list that you usually leave on the kitchen table. The problem with trying to put things in their place is that after awhile or with so much stuff, you will just forget where the proper place is. Duh. Progressive Organization takes organization to a whole new fascist level. PO is about making the item impossible to forget, so you don’t get POed.
For instance, I no longer forget my driver’s license, because it is on the same key ring as my keys. I can’t forget my work keys, because they are also attached to my big key ring. I can’t forget something I plan on taking out with me the next day, because it is placed in front of the door, or is already out in the car the night before.
Conversely, if there is something I want to bring home, it either is put into the car immediately, or is at the last location I will see before I go out of the door.
PO is good for many things, but not everything. For instance, on your computer, you will need to have some kind of a list for all of your passwords. And what about when you can’t find a particular file on your PC? Correcting this type of situation would be an example of what I would call intuitive repositioning.
Intuitive repositioning goes like this; I really, really thought I would find my seldom used object in location A. However, it was in location B. Instead of just being happy that it was found and in location B, it might be a good idea to take the extra step to store it in location A, so the next time you look for it, it will be where your brain normally expects it to be anyways.
Storage by Function
Sometimes, you may need to own more than one unit of the item you could potentially misplace. For instance; your brain tells you that you only need to own one socket that fits the oil plug on your car. Don’t believe lies like that. You really need another socket that you put into the box with your oil wrench (along with information about your last oil change). Otherwise, you will undoubtedly waste a lot of time looking for that small indispensable thing that that you could have easily purchased and put with your related oil changing items, thus again using the principle of progressive organization.
Centralized Return Receptacle
Some people, such as family members, think that they are entitled to use some or all of your stuff. This chaotic insanity inevitably results in the item becoming lost, as they don’t put it back in the correct place no matter how hostile and threatening you were to them in the first place. Then, after they said they put that ratcheting screwdriver they used for a paint stirrer back, and after some intense interrogation, you are somehow made into the bad guy just because you unleashed a verbal barrage upon them that was all true. Anyway, we live in the real world where we cannot depend upon anyone, so here is the solution to this situation: No one is to be told to put the item “back where they found it”. They are told to put it back to the return location. All the items anyone takes are to go back into this box, or onto the workbench, or whatever location you decree for anything coming back. Note that this principle will not work on tools lent to the neighbor, or books or DVDs loaded out to friends. Nothing on Earth will make that happen. You are better off writing off those items if you lend them out. If on the remote chance you get it back, consider it a windfall.
Okay, so maybe you could consider this article to be humor. It might as well be. Everyone ends up laughing at the way I say stuff anyhow. Note that this essay will not help you remember why you went up the stairs, but I hope you will find these principles to be of value and enrich you life by reducing the tension you face by not being able to find your junk.
Think about the last thing you misplaced, or the thing you always forget. Review the principles set forth in this article and see if you can apply any of them to your situation.
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This is not a repeat of the old stuff everyone tells you about being organized. It is an entertaining look at how to avoid looking all over for stuff.