8 Products You Should Try (Under $20!) If You’re Always Losing Things
Losing things isn’t just inconvenient—it can get expensive! Americans spend almost $3 billion annually replacing lost items. The good news is, most losses can be prevented with a little forethought.
Whether you want to find something you’ve misplaced or prevent losing things altogether, we’ve got you. Here are some handy (and cheap) products for organizing and locating some of your most commonly misplaced items.
Tile tracker, $17.95 (or $40 for 4)
You know that handy “find my iPhone” feature? Now you can make ANYTHING trackable. Just attach a bluetooth tile to your keys, purse, luggage, or even your Airpods and find them from anywhere in a matter of seconds. If the missing item is somewhere close by, the tile will ring with a touch of a button; if it’s not within hearing distance, you can view its last known location on the app. Tile also works the other way around; click a button on the tile to make your lost phone sound a loud tone.
Light switch key rack, $9.99 for a 4-pack
Routine is half the battle of remembering where your keys are. For a more minimal key rack option, opt for these super-sleek light switch magnets. You just replace the screw on the bottom of your light switch with these magnet-headed screws. Have a lot of keys on your keychain? No worries—these magnets can hold up to three pounds.
Magnetic bowl, $14.95
What is the bathroom floor if not a bobby pin graveyard? Consider your rogue hair clip problem solved with this surprisingly cute magnetic bowl. Use it to hold anything magnetic, from bathroom items like nail clippers and tweezers to office items like paper clips or binder clips. Not into florals? Here’s a set of four colorful metallic bowls you can take home for $14.
Magnetic eyeglass holders, $18.99 for 2
Misplacing glasses is a lose-lose situation because you need them to find them. Keep your glasses close to you at all times (and prevent them from getting scratched in your bag!) with a discreet, magnetic eyeglass holder—just attach the magnet to your shirt and slip your glasses or sunglasses through.
Purse organizer, $19.88
There’s nothing more annoying than digging for lip balm that’s inevitably sunken to the bottom of your bag (or searching for your credit card when there’s a long line of impatient people behind you). If you carry a big bag without ample pocket space or simply want to organize a messy purse, grab one of these inserts. It also comes with a detachable, long key chain to help you find your keys.
Hair accessory organizer, $14.99
If your hair ties always seem to go missing at the worst possible time (like, when you’re holding your topknot with one hand and searching for something to secure it with the other), it’s time to centralize them. This functional organizer will hold all your hair accessories on the inside, plus your headbands on the outside—and the clear design makes seeing and grabbing what you need easy.
Universal remote, $9.12
There’s an easy, affordable solution for your misplaced DVD player, TV, or stereo remotes—just invest in a universal remote that’s compatible with your electronics. And if you’re worried you’ll lose that one, see the tip below.
Command strips, $9.21 for 14 pairs
A DIY hack to solve a lost remote problem: Just stick one piece of these interlocking command strips on the back of your remote, and another piece on the underside of your coffee table. Now you can grab it whenever you need it! (Just don’t cover up the battery compartment of your remote with the tape.) You could also try a just-right-sized Command caddy (like this $5 one) stuck to the coffee table leg.