We have all at one time looked for an item (tools, equipment, utensils, paperwork) that has been used a hundred times, but it has somehow disappeared. Some effective memory tricks I've used include:
- Grouping similar items together in the same spot makes returning for an item easier as you are likely to open the correct door every time, even if you have not used an item for quite some time.
- Hanging items on a peg board, nail, or in a clever spot will ensure you can always find an item, as the spot itself will allow you to recall what went missing, in the event of a loss due to others sharing your belongings, or you simply leaving a few tools at your last half finished project.
All this talk of organizing reminds me that at this time of year the nuthatches are storing seeds in the crevices of oaks and the squirrels are burying walnuts in the yard. Many have studied this last notion, with the percentage of lost seeds lost only in the tens, when many thousands where HIDDEN!
I'm not sure how the "memory of an elephant" became a popular phrase, but most of us know someone who would for sure go hungry if they had to look for the seed they stored as recently as yesterday!