How to Find Things You've Lost: 13 Steps

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How to Find Things You've Lost: 13 Steps
How to Find Things You've Lost: 13 Steps

Losing something can be irritating and inconvenient - or downright stressful, depending on what was lost. It doesn't matter if you've lost your favorite wallet or necklace, there are a few tricks that can help you find something in the middle of the rush. Retracing your steps can help you find what you need, but you might need to search a little, too. The key is to stay calm so you don't have any more difficulties finding the item.


Part 1 of 4: Retracing Your Steps

Find Things You Lost Step 1

Step 1. Determine when you last saw the object

It sounds obvious, but the first step in retracing your steps is to try to remember where you last saw the object. Even if it's not exactly where the object is, your memory can be boosted, which will help you remember.

Can't remember where you last saw the object? Make a list of places you remember seeing him

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Step 2. Try to think the same way you were thinking when you last saw the object

It may sound silly, but remembering how you were feeling or what you were thinking when you were with the object can help you track it. You will return to the moment when you still had the object in hand and will remember.

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Step 3. Walk through the same spots where you've been since you lost the object

When remembering where you last saw the object, you must go through all the places you were. If you're lucky, maybe you just dropped him along the way.

If you can't retrace your Steps, making a call can help. For example, if you remember seeing your cell phone for the last time at the hotel and you are already home, call reception and ask if anyone found it

Part 2 of 4: Performing a systematic search

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Step 1. Calm down

It's normal to panic when you lose something important like a wallet or cell phone. However, it will be harder to find the lost object if you are stressed. Try to relax before you start looking to think clearly.

Having trouble calming down? Breathe deeply and slowly to relax

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Step 2. Look for places where the object might be

Even if you can't remember where you last left it, start looking where it should be. If you always leave your keys in the basket near the door, then look there first.

  • If there is more than one place where you usually keep the item, look around these places before moving on to others.
  • Search carefully. If you start rummaging through things in a panic, you'll just make more of a mess and won't be able to find the object.
  • It may seem obvious, but don't forget to look in your pockets or purse. Perhaps you kept the object while you were concentrating on something else.
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Step 3. Expand your search to a larger area

If the object isn't where you usually leave it, then it's time to start looking elsewhere. Look around the usual spot and see if you can find the lost object.

If you still can't find the object, expand the search again. Keep looking elsewhere until you find it

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Step 4. Organize the environment

Sometimes expanding the search doesn't help. Unfortunately, there is only one solution in these cases - organizing the environment. If the place you're looking for is messy, it's hard to find what you're looking for. Clean up the environment and dispose of the trash. The lost object may appear…

Part 3 of 4: Asking for help finding the lost object

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Step 1. Ask your friends, co-workers or family for help

Sometimes you think you've lost something, when in fact someone just borrowed it or put it away. Ask people around you if they know where the object is.

If your things keep disappearing because your friends, family or co-workers are in the habit of “borrowing” them, don't be afraid to ask them to let you know first. This is just so you know where your stuff is

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Step 2. Search the “Lost and Found” for the region

If you lose something in a store, restaurant, or other public place, maybe someone has found it and kept it for you. Go to “Lost and Found” and ask if anyone left the item there.

If you still can't find the object, leave your contact information. That way, they can contact you if the object appears

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Step 3. Post flyers about the lost object

If you can't find your item and you know it may be in a certain location, post a flyer in nearby areas and include the most important details. Describe the object and leave your contact information in case anyone finds it. Hang the flyers in strategic places and hope someone finds the object.

  • Stick the flyers on electricity poles or murals where people can see them.
  • If you are very desperate to find the object, offer a reward to attract people.

Part 4 of 4: Avoiding Losing Objects in the Future

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Step 1. Pay attention to your daily life

You are more likely to lose your belongings if you are not paying attention to your daily tasks. This way, you won't leave important objects like wallet, keys and cell phone where you shouldn't.

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Step 2. Keep your home and work area well organized

If your home or office desk is always a mess, it will be much easier to lose your stuff. Don't leave tables, desks, counters and other surfaces cluttered or you'll end up losing the objects you always need to see.

Think of it this way: if you leave your cell phone on the sideboard in the living room, without the usual books and magazines lying around, you can always find it

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Step 3. Store your stuff in specific places

The easiest way to avoid losing your belongings is to have specific places to store them at the end of the day. Leave your keys on a key ring or table by the door, carry your cell phone on your nightstand, or keep your wallet in the same space as your purse so you never lose sight of it.

Be very specific when storing your belongings. Don't hang your umbrella on any of the wall hooks - always hang it on the middle one


  • If, even after looking in all possible places, you cannot find the lost object, look for it in unlikely places as well. Maybe your cell phone isn't really in the bathroom, but it never hurts to check it out to be sure.
  • Always lose your stuff? Buy a small tracker to put in your wallet, keys or cell phone and use the mobile app so you can track whenever you need to.
  • If you've lost your wallet, look where you usually keep your money. If you've lost your cell phone, look for where you use it most often.

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