Give everything a home
One of the reasons stuff tends to get lost is that it doesn’t have a dedicated home. To prevent losing your keys or your purse, designate a special spot where you’ll put them each day when you arrive home. It could be a bowl on the counter or a hook by the door. By getting into this habit, you’ll know exactly where to look for the item when you need it. Other members of your household will also get into the habit of using this dedicated space and should they happen upon the object outside of its normal place in your home, they’ll return it. Organisation zones are a super-simple but extremely effective way to keep track of everyday objects.
The less clutter present in your home, the fewer ‘hiding places’ there are for missing objects. If you keep a well-organised home, it’s easy to spot any object out of its place. Minimising piles of papers, collections of mismatched items such as toys or office supplies, will help cut the time required to find any missing items as well.
Narrate your actions
According to Michael Solomon, author of How to Find Lost Objects, taking a moment to make a note in your subconscious of where you place an item will help set a reminder for the next time you go looking for it – especially if it’s a temporary spot. Go ahead and say out loud, ‘train pass is on the console’, and your subconscious will remind you of that when you’re ready to grab it.