In response to this post by Josh, I must make some points about our contrasting choice of lifestyles. He notes that he lost his razor even though he keeps a 'clean ship' and organizes his belongings. I contend that this is why he lost it. People lose things always. Its human nature. If you have a perfectly organized system, and one thing is lost, the organization is now totally invalid, because the reality of the room doesn't match your preconception. Where do you look? Where do you even start looking? If its not where its supposed to be, you are out of places to look, and now you have to just paw around blindly. My method is to keep my areas in a state of dynamic, quasi-ordered chaos. Not filthy, by any stretch, but things are scattered around, or in little piles. Sometimes I have to look around for a minute to find something, but I almost never actually lose things. The reason is that I'm accustomed to hunting for things. Years of living in this state has given me a very keen awareness of my habits concerning placement of objects. There are places I set things down, nooks and crannies to search, drawers I commonly use, etc. If I don't remember exactly where something is, I just make a standard and efficent sweep through the house, and invariably turn up the missing object. Keep an organized house, and you can find your things for now, but learn to hunt, and you'll never be lacking! Or maybe I'm just rationalizing my disorganization by desperately groping for logical connections. I hope you find your razor Josh!
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