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How do i remember where everything should be stored? Answered

I have tried so hard to give everything in my home "its own place" so that when i need it, i will know exactly where to look. I forget where i put it. Then i end up with a chaos of tooo many places to look. Then i'm no better off than i was when i started trying to put things into "their place". Please give me some ideas. I have tried "a household notebook" but i always end up with things written in 4 or 5 notebooks or cant remember where the notebook is. I write things on calendars....but have missed appts because i look at the wrong calendar....because i've lost the one i needed or just forget where i wrote it. I wish someone could give me a basic"how to set your home up"book or just tell me "this should be in that drawer etc."  please help


Labels on drawers help. Maybe labels on the things if you need to be reminded of where to return them to.

A _reason_ for things being in specific places helps even more. All my tools live in the basement workshop, with the exception of kitchen tools and PC tools. There is one specific screwdriver which has been designated a kitchen tool, and another which has been assigned to the PC; I know which those are and they get returned to their places in those rooms. Books and magazines and recorded media all go to my library when not in use, and are shelved there in some semblance of organization so I can find them. And so on.

Name an item, I can tell you where it belongs and why, at least to within a five-foot radius. It may not have been returned there, but that's a separate problem.

Thats as good an answer as I could give -- but I'm terribly disorganized. My problem is I have lots of 'things' and not a lot of storage furniture. I should buy some plywood and build a shelf/drawer wall. My other thing to build (and ible-ize) is a cable organizer wall -- I have hundreds upon hundreds of wires -- everything from usb, firewire, obsolete stuff, rca video, optical, and bare wire -- all if hung in a row would all be in one place.

Tools are easy enough -- 'in the pile of tools' (again, lack of shelving).

Shelves are tools for organizing and storing things.
So are boxes.
Drawers are boxes on shelves.
Tables are a kind of shelf.
Chairs and beds and the like are shelves for humans.

Figure out where things need to be in order to be most findable and/or most useful. Put or build suitable storage tool(s) there. If you can't put (enough) storage there, find the second best place for (some of) those things. Repeat until everything has a home.

Then get in the habit of putting things away when you're done with them. I'm still working on that one -- but I *do* have specific temporary storage points (counter nearest the stairs, for example) where things that need to go up/down the stairs get put, and those periodically get picked up and moved to where they belong.

Basic freestanding shelving units are Really Easy to build. I've used my father's design several times; I suppose I should check whether anyone has posted something similar and document it if not.

How about an inventory / stock system?
Put alpha-numeric coloured labels on all your storage areas and things.
Each time you have an item in your hand ask where it needs to be returned (of the label.
You could do weekly stock-takes too...



7 years ago

Post-It notes. Keep a pad and pencil in several places and then make a quick note of what you want to remember and stick the note near where you are keeping the object. From there, it a matter of repetition. The more often you do it, the more likely you are to remember.
As others have said, i can walk into my shop, take a look around and tell if a tool is missing or out of place, simply because I always return the tool to its designated place.

I recommend that you visit a neurologist and explain these symptoms to the doctor. How old are you? Some memory loss is normal as we age but it seems that your memory loss is a reason for concern. I sincerely urge you to visit your doctor, explain what is happening to you. The doctor will tell you if it is normal (some creative personalities are very absent minded) or if a condition that you should know about it. Wish you well!

One suggestion is to only have ONE calender that you write appointment in. Having more than one is just planning to miss out on something. If you can't get it all on one calender then your life is too busy. I'm not joking there. I have my business meetings etc. written in a day planner calender and all of my personal stuff including the stuff the involves my wife. I always know where to look for my schedule.

Another, always put things back where you found them.  My wife thinks my shop is not organized but I can put my hand on any tool, piece of hardware etc. that I have just because I put things back where I found them.  Eventually you learn where everything is.