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So I’ve written about how I’m a sort of organized person. I like lists, I like crossing things off lists. I even created a spreadsheet for myself for BlogHer (ummm yeah, I’m seriously that much of a geek).
My motto in life is “everything in its place and a place for everything.” Just typing that makes me happy. There have been multiple times where I “lost” my phone only to find it in the pocket in my purse where it belongs. I’m simply so used to putting it there that I do it unconsciously and don’t even realize I’m doing it.
You know what’s coming next, right?
Ha, I didn’t lose my phone – you’re wrong.
Instead I lost my keys. Again.
On Saturday, I ran errands all day. When I arrived home, I walked straight into the kitchen, knowing I needed to make a cake for Sunday prior to running back out again for a girls’ night out.
I spend my entire time in the kitchen baking, then I ran back out to my car – straight from the kitchen, and I mean I didn’t even stop to go to the bathroom – to head out to girls’ night out.
I reached into my purse to start up my car and my keys weren’t in the nice little pocket in my purse where they belong. I have two great pockets on one side of my purse that perfectly fit my keys and my phone, and they are always there.
I began digging through my purse, but I didn’t see them. My next step was to begin taking everything out of my purse (and realizing some of the items needed to be disposed of in general – expired coupons being one). Nope. When the purse was empty, still no keys.
I ran inside and checked the counter. I checked the island. I checked the stove. Hmm. I checked the family room – even knowing I hadn’t been in that room. I checked on top of the microwave and on the hutch.
I went back out to my car and searched everywhere. Not under a seat, not slipped down the side anywhere, and not on the garage floor. Eventually, I gave up and grabbed the spare set of keys so I wouldn’t be any later.
Post event, I searched the entire house to no avail. My husband looked in the same places I had already looked, and no – he didn’t find them either.
Sunday, I tried again. Monday, I looked again. Tuesday, I looked again.
Then I needed to pull out my Bluetooth tonight. I unzippered the pocket in my purse where it belongs. Since it’s small, it lives in a different pocket from my phone or keys, and nothing else lives in that pocket.
Ta-da! Car keys. Huh.
Thinking back (which isn’t exactly the easiest thing for me to do), I apparently had taken my Bluetooth out when I had arrived home with my keys in the same hand, and they arrived into that pocket together. Oops.
On the plus side, I am no longer panicking about losing the only set of keys to my car. And apparently I need to use my Bluetooth more often. Somehow, I have a feeling this won’t be the last time I do this.