Always losing your keys? Never able to find where you left your phone? Mommy brain got you frazzled again? I can relate. Losing things is not only frustrating on its own, but it adds to the general stress of the day - and when mom is stressed, no one is happy! While we can't do anything about your toddler who hides your wallet, there are simple steps you can take to make it less likely that you'll lose things.
Some of these might seem like no-brainers. But if your aren't doing them, they aren't helping you. Here are three simple steps to try.
1. Designate one specific place for your most important things.
A place for everything and everything in its place. Hard to do if you don't first set a specific place for your most important things. Is it your wallet? Your keys? Your phone? Your glasses? Choose 1-3 of your most important - most likely to lose - items and spend a few minutes thinking about these two questions:
- Where is this item most logically stored for you?
- What specific spot/holder/hook/box will hold this item?
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For example, always take your rings off when you do dishes? Put a cute ring dish like this adorable elephant or this simple tray on the window sill. Use your reading glasses in bed every night - and then can never find them in the morning? Create a book basket with a cute case to keep your glasses safe. Remember that the goal is not to force yourself to remember a new habit. It's to create a cute and convenient storage solution for where you already put the item. So if you always come in the house and walk right past that cute key hook you bought on Etsy and instead drop your keys on the kitchen counter (along with the mail, your cardigan, the bag from the grocery story and your kid's permission slip), then you need to create a key solution on or near the kitchen counter.
2. Try a tech tracker.
Tech can be a major distraction, but it can also help you keep track of your stuff with a tracking device and accompanying app. While there are many options like Tile or TrackR, I like this O tracker which is just prettier and less obvious than some of the other trackers on the market. Choose from two different color palettes and receive four Os, one hanger accessory and four adhesive patches. You can also upgrade and purchase the gold or black designer holders which can be used as a keychain or purse accessory. The free app helps you keep track of your most important things by giving you an alert in the very moment you are about to lose something or a reminder when you leave home without your wallet, medicine or other essentials. It will even tell you if things were left at home or are on your person - perfect for those time you can't find your car keys hidden in your purse.
3. Get more sleep.
Seriously. If you're exhausted and running and empty, there's no way you can function at 100%. Sleep is not for the weak! Being well-rested will make you happier, healthier, and oh yeah, more likely to remember where you put your keys. According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 30 percent of adults get less than six hours of sleep per night, on average (when most should be getting more like seven to nine). When you're short on sleep, you’ll have a tougher time remembering things, feel less focused, and have slower reaction times - a guaranteed recipe for forgetting where you put your purse. So make sleep a priority. Your brain and whole body will thank you.
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