Losing It


If you’re anything like me when you were growing up you probably heard your parents utter these words, “If your head weren’t attached to your body you would lose that too.”

The truth is folks with ADHD tend to lose things quite often. We lose receipts, debit and credit cards, business cards, gloves, hats, scarves, phone numbers and cell phones.

Students that I work with often lose their entire backpack.

But the number one thing we lose are our keys. Keys can be very hard to hold on to because they’re small and they can hide easily. Sometimes they hide in a coat pocket,

at the bottom of a purse, buried under a pile of mail on the kitchen table, inside the jeans that you threw in the laundry basket or my favorite, forgotten in the keyhole outside the door.  We need our keys everyday when we are coming or going and that’s why we spend so much time frantically looking for our keys. Looking for our keys often makes us frazzled and late to work or school on a pretty regular basis. You can’t leave the house if you can’t lock the door or start the car.

So, how do you keep track of your keys?

  • Jazz them up and make your keys bigger and brighter. Two or three keys on a plain key ring are just asking to be lost. Add brightly colored key rings to your keys. Bigger sets of keys are easier to find.
  • Create a home for your keys close to the front door. You can use a hook hanging on the wall near the door or a basket where you put your keys when you come home or have a pocket in your purse assigned to keys. Practice keeping your keys in one place.
  • Have a backup sets of keys. There will be days when you can’t find your keys. Keep an extra set in the house or in your wallet and an extra set with a trusted neighbor.
  • Use a key chain with a tracking device. It’s easier to find your keys when you can push a button on a homing device and they beep or flash.
  • Keep your keys attached to your body. Wear them on your wrist or around your neck. It’s the same principal as keeping your head attached to your body.

Kathy Sussell is an ADHD coach in Brooklyn, NY. She helps teens, college students and adults with ADHD with time management, planning and prioritizing, getting started with and finishing tasks, organizing paper and objects and improving social skills. She is the organizer of the ADHD Women’s Meetup Group that meets every month in downtown Brooklyn. For more information visit her website: www.bravolifecoaching.com or email Kathy at kathy@bravolifecoaching.com

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