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My wife and I have distinctly difference when searching for a missing item.   She tries to remember where she saw it last and conducts a search that I find chaotic.  If she is searching on a sofa, she will toss comforters around, pillows, etc.  I tend to me more systematic. I will move the pillow, look under it, put it back, and move on to the next.  When searching a comforter I  carefully unfold it, examine it fold it back up and move on.

What system of searching for lost treasures do you have?
 
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haha...I think I use a combination of the two that you mention.

I usually try to remember where the item might be...sometimes this involves the 'why' and what else happened on that date...sometimes even referencing the calendar or check book to see what date we went to town, etc as that sometimes relates to the 'lost' item.

BUT, I'm neat and methodical when I'm looking and very thorough so that I can say for certain that the lost item is not in those places I've looked.

My guy looks but does not always 'see' so usually I will look in those places also.

And then, one of the fortunate things as we get older is that we often just forget what it was we were looking for and that tends to thin out the important missing things from the inconsequential
 
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