Checking that you have your keys on you is something that tend to do as we leave and return to our house or car.
When you get into that position where you can’t find your keys when you need them is generally when you are in a rush to be somewhere.
Luckily, we are here to help. Following these simple steps can help you find them, and give you a few tips to prevent being in the same position again!
1. Stay Calm
You need to be in positive mindset and think rationally. Panicking or rushing will make your search more difficult and will only led to frustration and despair.
2. Check The Obvious Places
The first places you check should be the usual places you keep your keys. Check pockets of items you are wearing or have taken over recently, such as your coat. Try your bag, or other place(s) you put your keys down.
3. Retrace your steps
Where did you last have your keys? Think about the route/ steps you have taken between now and then. Lost items are usually within 18 inches of where you think they should be.
4. Be Disciplined
If the above steps haven’t located your keys, take a systematic approach to finding them. If you know you’ve misplaced them in your house for example, go from room to room making sure that when you have left that room, you are 100% sure they are not there. This will save you time in the long run from re-checking the same places.
5. Focus on cluttered areas
As you go about your search, make sure you tidy as you go along. Put other items back where they belong, and make sure you reduce clutter. This works well in two ways as it reinforces your search is systematic, and also gives you that feel-good factor of clearing other mess.
6. Check Those Odd Places
If you have had no luck following the previous steps, think about where you least expect it to be. Check drawers of cupboards you may have opened. What about the fridge? Or even the rubbish you’ve thrown out?
7. Call Places you’ve Been to - If you are out and about, try returning to different places you’ve been to. Maybe even ring the shops you’ve been into and whether they have seen them. This is can be done easily and quickly rules out or resolves your search.
To avoid losing your keys, or other items, in future, there are some simple methods that you can follow to prevent this.
1. Speak out loud where you put your place
It may sound daft, but speaking out loud to yourself when you leave your keys somewhere has been proven to work. For example saying “I have put my keys in my bag” can help prompt you next time you start looking for your keys
2. Find a Secure Location
If you don't already, consider finding a secure place to store your keys when you don't need them. This means keeping them away from windows and doors and also out of site. In case of emergency, you must be able to get to them quickly!
3. Keep Items in the Same Secure Place
Once you have a secure location to store your keys, make it a habit to put them there every time. Before long, you will do this on autopilot and it will prevent you ever having to return to this blog post for help again!
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