Part of the problem is probably that my purse is so big. That's because I carry a planner, a small idea notebook, two or three other notebooks, reporters notebooks, papers, pens, sunglasses, glasses, water bottles, my wallet (that M calls "the brick") and whatever other randomness gets shoved in there. Sometimes there's a book, sometimes magazines, sometimes a scarf or sweater.
Grover wanted to point out that the purse is bigger than his head.
But really, when I keep losing my keys, something isn't working quite right.
I'd like to blame it all on my super creative, multitasking mind, but part of it is more likely that I'm just scattered.
Our house is still pretty much a construction zone and will be for some time, but, I still use a few tricks to find the important things.
+ Have a consistent spot for things like keys, important mail/bills, the jewelry you wear regularly, the book your reading, etc. It's easier to keep track of things when they don't constantly grow legs.
+ Clear the clutter. I read The Happiness Project a few years ago and the part about a cluttered space, cluttered mind, stuck with me. Here's a few of Gretchen Rubin's myths about decluttering. Plus some other tips from Real Simple on clearing the clutter.
+ Hang up your clothes. The other day I was going to be early. Then I couldn't find the shirt I wanted. The other one I grabbed in exchange was wrinkled. I ended up 20 minutes behind. Weekend project, putting my clothes away. And more work on Operation Closet Purge: update on that mission coming soon.
When in doubt, learn from the very wise Alicia at Jaybird. I regularly refer back to her Old School Productivity tips and Banish Overwhelm.
How often do you misplace your keys? What are your tricks for keeping track of the important items in your life?