We've all had that morning where we are running late because we can't seem to remember where left our keys, our phone, our...fill in the blank.

This is a common occurrence with one study finding Americans spend 2.5 days a year looking for misplaced items. That adds up to about six months over our lifetime. The top misplaced item is the TV remote closely followed by phones, keys, glasses, and shoes! What's more, we collectively spend more than 2 billion dollars each year replacing items, and more than half of us are regularly late for work or school due to frustrating searches…one of the most important steps we can take is to have a home for everything, a place for our keys, our phones our glasses.

That is just one of many tips on how not to lose things. Let’s stop the insanity.  Here are five tips on how you can stop losing your stuff. 


  • 1

    Put Everything In Its Place

    This assumes that everything has a place. Have a designated spot for keys, wallets, purses, phones, the TV remote, etc. and make it a habbit to put it there.

  • 2

    Don't Put Things Down

    Don't put your wallet on a table at a restaurant, don't put your phone down at a check out counter. It is very easy to get distracted and walk away.

  • 3

    Clean Up

    It’s much easier to find something in an organized and neat room than a messy one.  If your desk is overflowing with papers or the shelf where you put your keys and wallet are filled with junk, it is much harder to find your stuff.

  • 4

    Turn On Find My IPhone or Find My Device

    Find My iPhone on iOS and Find My Device on Android are lifesavers. You can track your phone wherever it is and, if it’s been stolen, even disable it remotely. You can also force your phone to play a sound even if it’s on silent, which is great if you’ve lost your phone under the couch.

  • 5

    Get a Bluetooth Tracker

    This is one of the best inventions ever made. They usually come with a little fob that attaches to keys or secures to your phone or wallet.  When you lose your phone, the fob on your keys can get it to beep.  When you lose your keys, just go to the app on your phone to get that fob to make a sound. Here is one report on the top bluetooth trackers.

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