7 Items as Easy to Lose as the iPhone 7 AirPods
Plus, solutions for keeping track of them.
Apple's big announcement at its annual press event sent the Internet into hysteria when Tim Cook announced the iPhone 7 would no longer feature a headphone jack. Instead, a set of wireless EarPods (dubbed AirPods) will replace the traditional corded variety. To be fair, the new iPhones will come with a converter for auxilary cords and audio accessories, but that's just one more thing to keep track of, right?
I mean, I can barely find a bobby pin when I need it, much less tiny earbuds to use when I work out. Wise Internet users pointed out that the size of AirPods makes them particularly prone to getting lost, which got me thinking about other items I always struggle to find...
But really, WHERE DO THEY GO?!
From the Office to Your Hair
Raid your desk for an everyday office supply that will make it easy to have hairpins on hand for your next updo. A paper clip holder makes a clever magnetic container for storing bobby pins. Add fabric to the outside of the paper clip holder using Mod Podge. Then, simply wrap the fabric around the container like and cut to fit.
Photo courtesy of Kitty Vogt
I swear, I took it off my wrist for one second, and now it's just gone.
Solution: Use a binder ring or a carabiner.
Confession: They're usually already on my head or in my purse.
Solution: Create a designated spot for them, like a hook next to the door, or put them immediately in your purse or in a compartment in your car. If you want to display your collection, hang them on a hanger on the wall, string them across an empty picture frame or place them in a transparent box on your dresser.
It'd be great if my sock drawer magically replenished itself.
Solution: Either count your loses and put the remaining sock to use as a cleaning rag or create a "missing sock" station so you'll know where the match is if you ever find the lost sock.
Tell me I'm not the only one who frequently loses earring backs, tiny rings and necklaces.
Solution: Picture frames, window shutters and even teacups keep jewelry organized and in sight. If you're not a DIYer, stack rings on an adorable ring holder, display necklaces on a coat rack and hook matching earrings together in a pretty dish.
Except for losing my phone, this is the most terrifying thing to misplace.
Solution: Magnets are your best friend when it comes to key storage. Place a magnet behind a light switch faceplate and simply hang your key ring directly on the faceplate next to the front door. Watch the video above for more tips.
I'm pretty sure the couch eats them.
Solution: Create a remote control caddy for the couch, or place a box or tray on the coffee table to keep them corralled in one place.
For the Closet: Not Just for Photos
Photo boxes are an extremely inexpensive option for versatile storage. Look for them on sale at craft stores, and then stock up. Here, they’re used in a bathroom closet for extra supplies, like razors, toothbrushes and travel-size toiletries. Get more closet organizing + storage tips.
For the Closet: Add Bonus Storage Drawers
Plastic storage drawers can add tons of organization to any space. In a linen closet, use them to corral wash clothes and hand towels. The sturdy drawers also help piles of bath towels stay neat and upright on each side. Get more closet organizing + storage tips.
For the Bathroom: Put Cabinet Doors to Work
For the Kitchen: Clever Clothespin Hack
This is the least expensive storage solution ever! Attach clothespins to the inside of a cabinet with super glue gel. The clothespins are the perfect place to store dish gloves. Get more under-the-sink organizing + storage tips.
For the Home Gym: Display Your Gear
Pegboards are great tools for organizing because they take a mishmash of items and turn them into one unified display. Think outside the garage and use pegboards inside the house in unique spaces – like a mini-home gym in front of your exercise equipment. Get more home gym organizing + storage tips.
For the Home Office: Contain Paper Clutter
Keep your office organized by creating a magazine file for catalogs you want to keep for later reference, and another for incoming new magazines. It keeps the magazine clutter out of the rest of the house, and if it’s in the file, you know you haven’t read it yet. Get more home office organizing + storage tips.
For the Laundry Room: Make a Lint Bin
Is your laundry room or closet too small for a traditional trash can? Repurpose an outdoor literature holder into a wall-mounted trash can for lint, clothing tags and receipts that get left in pockets. Get tips for making your own laundry room lint bin.