Happy Sunday! Our month-long series entitled “Make a Fresh Start” continues today with another tip for helping you manage and maintain your space.
One of the most common problems we have when it comes to our space is losing track of where things are. We reach for an item, only to find that it isn’t where we thought it was. This can be very frustrating, especially when there is time pressure involved.
Establishing “homes” for all of our belongings is very helpful. For example, hang a hook for the keys, choose a resting place for your cell phone, and set up a jar for holding loose change. Unfortunately, even when we have assigned locations for various pieces, we periodically fail to return them to their proper place.
Here is a little trick that might help: audibly verbalize where you are putting things down. For instance, speak the words, “I’m hanging my keys on the hook.” By saying the words out loud, you engage a second sense (hearing) to your effort, increasing the odds that you will remember where an object has been placed. It also adds a bit of accountability to your routine. If you know the key is supposed to go on the hook, but are on the verge of having to say, “I’m putting my key on the kitchen counter,” you might catch yourself and put the keys back in the proper place.
When we are busy, we often mindlessly put things down. This is why we lose track of them. Verbalizing is a quick, simple, and free trick for forcing yourself to focus on where you are placing your belongings.
Do you speak to yourself when putting objects down? Is there any item that you frequently misplace?