- Ever lost your keys, glasses, wallet or phone around the house?
- Have you ever left for work late because you couldn’t find one of them?
- Women, if your phone rings in your purse, does it go to voice mail before you can find it?
- Have you ever had a spouse call your phone so you can hear which room it is in?
How much time do you spend searching for these items every week? If you say anything higher than NONE, then you are spending too much time on it.
A popular minimalist saying is: Everything should have a place. This includes the portable items that we carry with us everyday. At some point of the day, they are no longer portable. After a long day at work we tend to just drop them wherever we are in the house. Then pick them up later when we need them. But a lot happens at the end of the day. Between making dinner, taking care of kids, extracurricular activities, grocery shopping and everything we need to do in life. Our minds are distracted and we often lose track of those portable items. Add on top of that children and pets often relocate items, who knows where things will be later when you need them.
So find a place to put things every time you enter the house. Maybe a key holder or a simple tea cup hook where you can hang your keys as you enter the house. Women consider putting your phones into a specific pocket of your purse every time, instead of just tossing it into the purse black hole. Or set up an electronic charging station in a central spot of the house. Where phones are plugged in immediately. Maybe a decorative dish on your dresser or bathroom counter where you put keys and wallets.
Put everything in a particular place for a week and you will get into the habit of doing it everyday. Then you will never have to search for them again.