We Lose Nine Things a Day On Average

by | Feb 9, 2017

A study conducted by an insurance company of 3,000 adults found that on average we lose nine items a day.  That adds up to about 3,300 items a year or 200,000 items over the course of an average adult lifetime! (Note that in the study, “lost” apparently doesn’t necessarily mean permanently lost – many “lost items” were merely misplaced and subsequently found.)

About 10 minutes a day on average is spent looking for lost or misplaced items which adds up to a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days consumed with searching for our stuff over our lifetimes.

Top items we lose are:

  • Cell phone
  • Car Keys
  • House Keys
  • Paperwork
  • Glasses/Sunglasses
  • Purse/Wallet
  • Lip Balm
  • Hair brush
  • Gloves
  • Clothing
  • Umbrella
  • Book
  • Bank card
  • Virginity (jk!)

Some tips for finding stuff:


Primary source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2117987/Lost-today-Misplaced-items-cost-minutes-day.html


  1. I just listed a vehicle for sale and pulled out the file that I save all car related documents in, searching for the title. I had literally every other document, including maintenance records, that has ever crossed my fingertips. The one thing I could not find was the one thing I needed. I turned my house upside down looking for that title and no luck, so now I have to wait about four weeks for the duplicate title to arrive before I can sell the car. Very frustrating when important items vanish!

  2. Shoot, I tend to lose just my cell phone at least 9 times a day! I lay it down in random places. I know I shouldn’t but I do. Thankfully, my Google Home comes to the rescue when I ask it to find my phone. Technology is a wonderful thing. If only it could help me find everything else I misplace, my world would be a better place. 😁

  3. The fact is we less young people loose more things. I think it is because less young people have more stuff to loose or maybe more places to loose things Also, we less young people spend more time hunting. Maybe because we have some time available to hunt but less time available over all. Any way I am going hunting for my mind. I lost it yesterday!

    • Ted, you’re a hoot! “Less young” people….I love it! LOL. I’m in that category.

  4. I lost my mind once—-and I also lost my temper with my inability to use my GPS. But, I said some swear words and then I felt better.

    • That’s hilarious, Pam!


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