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The Art Of Always Finding Your Stuff

Are you constantly misplacing important stuff? Believe it or not but “misplaceatis” is a common illness that affects most of us at the best of times. Especially once we get to a certain age. Wink. Wink.

Why does it keep happening? More often than not, we don’t actually intend to put stuff back in the wrong place. But sometimes, life gets in the way and gets the worse of you. Being stressed out, for example, can affect your behavior.

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You could put things away without making a note of where they are. If you are naturally a hoarder, you might find relief in keeping everything at arm’s reach and visible which creates messy clutter. Or perhaps, you’ve got a lot on your plate, and you’ve got no time to organize your stuff.

By the time you need something you know you have, you can’t find it in your home. This calls for new organizing habits. Here are some simple tips to heal your “condition” once and for all.

Invest in out-of-sight storage features

The problem with putting things away is that if you’ve got only a few storage options, it can rapidly get out of control. So, make your life easier by considering multiple storage solutions to cater to all your needs.

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Large and bulky items you don’t frequently need, such as the reusable Christmas tree or the inflatable summer boat, can go to a secure self-storage company (I wrote about that in Be Happier In Your Home By Creating More Space), which will keep them safe for when you need them.

Small items you need from time to time can be stored out of sight in your home, such as keeping birthday party plates and tableware inside a stool or under the bed, or inside an ottoman. They will keep your home tidy and your belongings accessible.

under the bed storage

Move Paper to the Cloud

Are you tired of keeping receipts, contracts, and insurance documents in folders and drawers? They can be tough to find and even more difficult to organize in paper form. You can look for a safe cloud storage solution instead, where you can keep everything you need directly available with a click.

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Are cloud storage options secure? Even lawyers consider legal document management resources in the cloud, so it is fair to say that the digital world is going to replace your overflooding chest of drawers.

A piece of advice when it comes to cloud storage: Research your family cloud storage carefully to ensure it offers the best balance between price, functions, and security.

Keep Tidy Routines

You need to nip clutter-and-loose organization in the bud to avoid issues in the future. If you are not an enthusiastic organizer, you can keep an open box at home where you place all the things you need to organize away, from confidential documents to new belongings.

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Once a week, you can review the content of the box and carefully decide on the right place for each item. This will ensure you don’t put things away without planning, so you can easily find everything later!

file boxes and plant

Not everyone is a born organizer. If you tend to be prone to clutter, it’s a good idea to introduce a clear-storage-and-tidy-up structure in the household. You are more likely to keep your home clean when you’ve got a set of easy steps to store items you need infrequently, documents, and items you will need more often.

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15 Comments

  1. This is a big one for me. I decide to put something in a safe place and that place ends up being extremely safe because not even I can find it again.

  2. Great tips!! I think we all have just too much stuff. Going through things and donating items to help others works a lot better. Having things organized, like you said, is always a great thing! 🙂

  3. I hate feeling like there’s nowhere to put my stuff. So either I need to be more organized or I need to get rid of more stuff.

  4. I am that kind of person that find everything, my stuff and others’ stuff. The secret is always to take the necessary time to put back things in their “place”! In my mind I have a “place” for anything!

  5. Moving paper to the cloud seems like the no brainer decision. For some reason though, I am scared to eliminate the paper entirely

  6. Great tips! I am an organizer and I believe in the philosophy that if it no longer brings you joy then it’s got to go!

  7. Putting an important item in a safe place, and forgetting where that place is – story of my life lol. Minimalism is a good way to keep stuff 😀

  8. I need to work on decluttering my house again. I always know where my stuff is even though my house is cluttered most of the time. It’s time to deep clean again since It has been a year since I’ve purged items.