What to Do Before You Donate or Sell Items
Many people mentioned that they are exactly like me when it comes to lost items so I thought I’d put this on your to-do list since I’m in the middle of doing this right now.
Before you donate an item or give it away to a friend or sell an item at a yard sale, take a photograph of the item. Yes, even the ridiculous stuff that you insist that you will remember you gave away like that bag of onesies you couldn’t care less about. Photograph all of it.
And drop all of those photos in a folder called Stuff That Left the House. If it’s only lent to someone else and will one day return, place the photo in a different folder called Stuff Lent. But once that item is returned, move that photo out of the folder.
The reason being that before you drive yourself crazy, tearing apart the house to find said bag of onesies to give to your pregnant neighbour because you’re absolutely certain that it’s still in the storage room, check the Stuff That Left the House folder and look at the images. If it’s not in there, then it IS still in your house and keep looking. But if the picture is in there, you can be certain that it left the house and you’re mis-remembering keeping said item.
Does it take more time? Yes. But it will save you time on the back-end when you’re wondering why you can’t find a toy that you are certain has to be somewhere in the house or a sweater that you remember seeing in the closet but is now missing. When you see those photos in the folder, you’ll remember that you got rid of those items.
Just a tip from a fellow anxious-when-I-can’t-find-something person.