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Most of this advice is pretty much useless, but I have one reliable tip for finding something when you're looking for it (and I'm very forgetful, so I've spent a good amount of time looking for stuff.)
Tidy up.

Seriously, my grandmother taught me this, and she was bang on. The logic is as follows: if you're looking all over the place, you inevitably forget where you've looked, and double-back. In every place that you look there's some finite probability that your object is there, but when you're "just looking everywhere" you're essentially sampling with replacement.

when you tidy up while you search, you're sampling without replacement, thus incrementally increasing your probability of finding the object, by eliminating hiding places. On top of that, it relieves a certain amount of the frustration, because the effort seems more useful -even if you're not able to find what you're looking for, you're acheiving something with your time by having a tidier living space, so in either case it's not a total loss. The final benefit is that you'll probably find other things along the way that you can put in their proper place and avoid another search later on.

Seriously, if you're looking for something, tidy up. Probably the best piece of advice I've ever received.
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nekom: Don't forget to check in the fridge. I can't tell you how many odd items I've eventually found there.

Just chillin'?
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I only use Jan Hankl's Flank Pat System to find things.
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There's only one thing you need to do to find anything: the flank pat.
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Mitchell And Webb clip. Took me a minute to find it.
Link
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oh_please: unyon: By far, my most misplaced item is my glasses. Ever try to find your glasses when you don't have your glasses?

If you have a smartphone with a camera, turn it on and hold the screen up close to your eyes.

If you have a smartphone with a camera, take a picture when you put down your glasses. Then, when you want to find your glasses, have a friend call you and follow the sound of the ringer until you find your phone and you can look at the picture.
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unyon: By far, my most misplaced item is my glasses. Ever try to find your glasses when you don't have your glasses?

If you have a smartphone with a camera, turn it on and hold the screen up close to your eyes.
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Lost my patience to click thru a twelve page article. Wonder if the guy can help me find it.
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Don't own so much shait.
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By far, my most misplaced item is my glasses. Ever try to find your glasses when you don't have your glasses?
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Well, it's always in the last place you look.

:-/
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Don't forget to check in the fridge. I can't tell you how many odd items I've eventually found there.
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Recycle all the extra apostrophes into periods.

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