You're running late for a morning meeting, it's freezing rain outside and you just realized you can't find your wallet. Few things will take your morning from mildly unpleasant to Hulk SMASH faster than wasting thirty minutes tearing the house apart looking for a lost billfold. We're here to help. Here's our advice to get your wallet from lost to found:
Before you start searching for your lost wallet, you should take thirty seconds to get in the right mindset. Controlled breathing is a great technique to decrease stress and increase focus. If it's good enough for Navy SEALs, it's certainly good enough for us. We go with the 4-4-4 method. To start, slowly exhale through your nose for four seconds. When your lungs have emptied, pause for a four count, and then breathe in, slowly, through your nose for four seconds. Repeat a few times.
We love this method of controlled breathing - it's like hitting Control-Alt-Delete on stress. Now that you're focused and calm, you're ready to begin the search for your wallet.
Asking "Where did I see my wallet last?" rarely yields fruitful answers. If you knew that, you'd be done. Instead, focus on the context of what you were doing and what you were wearing when you last had your wallet. What's easier to remember: where you last saw an item you weren't even looking for, or which coat and pants you wore the day before? Check the coat and pants.
If you usually keep your wallet on top of your dresser, check your dresser (or underneath the pile of clothes on top of it.) If your wallet is usually in your gym bag or in your car's center console, check those places. If you were shopping online at work, there's a good chance it's still in your desk drawer.
If you haven't found your wallet yet, it might be time to take things up a notch. Start in one room of the house, and systematically start searching, moving couch cushions and pillows, and looking underneath any objects that could have been unintentionally placed on top of you wallet. Be vigilant, but don't make a mess. Turning the house upside down is only going to make the process worse if you have to go through each room again.
If your wallet isn't at home, work or in the car, your best bet might be the establishment you actually used it last. I've had my wallet found and returned by an honest waiter at Portland's Downtown Lounge. You've got to pick up the phone and call; most businesses are too busy to call you. It's usually worth a shot. But if the last place you remember using your wallet was when you handed it to the wallet inspector, you're out of luck.
Those are all the backward looking suggestions we've got. Moving forward, we recommend you start putting your wallet in the same place, every single day. Preferably you should stash your wallet with the keys, as they're friends and they like to hang out - plus this way they're in the same spot when you need them. Having a go-to place for your wallet will keep you from losing it next time place.
Good products deserve good reviews, and we think Tiles are seriously awesome. I got my wife a set for Christmas, for both the wallet and the keys. They probably save us thirty minutes of searching every week. And more free time is a wonderful thing.
Have any recommendations on how to find your missing wallet? Let us know!
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