Small items like keys, tools, credit cards and remotes have a tendency to vanish, so it's important to designate a home for them. If you don't know where would be best, it might help to imagine them being lost already.
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Putting things away instead of just putting them down is a great way to keep your home organised and clean, especially when you're dealing with items that are easy to lose. But how do you decide where "away" is? Laura Wittman at I'm an Organising Junkie suggests you trick yourself into deciding:
Identify a "home" for it that makes the most sense for you. Try this tactic…ask yourself "if this item was lost, where would be the first place I'd look for it?" Maybe that's a good place to create a permanent home? Pay attention to how you think.
Sometimes the place that seems like the best home for an item isn't as ideal as the place you already have in your mind. For example, I always lose the notebook that I use for all my to-do lists. I try to keep it at my desk, but when I can't find it, the first place I look is in my backpack. Perhaps that's the best home for it since it always ends up there anyway. You probably already know the best home for your stuff,; you just need to change your perspective a little.
Why You Keep Losing Your Stuff and How to Find It [I'm an Organising Junkie]