6 Things Kids Always Misplace -- No Matter What​

Scotch tapeI recently needed to wrap a present, and as I was digging through the junk drawer for the Scotch tape, I remembered: Oh yeah, I have children. Therefore, the tape isn't in the drawer. It isn't on my desk or in the kids' crafting supplies or anywhere that makes any kind of sense. Fifteen increasingly frustrating minutes later, I found the tape abandoned on the base of my 6-year-old's bedroom lamp next to a random assortment of seashells, a LEGO vehicle of some kind, and a homemade hatchet.

In my experience, once you give birth, certain things are never where they're supposed to be. (And I'm not just talking about my hooters, although frankly I wish I'd been warned I'd eventually need a spatula to get a sports bra on.) I've been photo-documenting this irritating phenomenon and I'd like to share my findings with you, so you can tell me: is it just me? Am I the only one whose children are part magpie? Should I just give up on having easily accessible wrapping tape EVER AGAIN??


For instance, the calculator. It SHOULD be: on my husband's office desk, which is next to my desk. Instead, here's where I found it the other day:


The stapler. SHOULD be: on the same desk. Is ACTUALLY: squirreled away in the 8-year-old's bookshelf.

Couch pillows. SHOULD be: on the dang couch. Are frequently located: ANYWHERE ELSE, like for instance piled in the corner next to the TV because "We were making a nest!"

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My absolute favorite pen, the one I'm super-anal about and have informed the children they're not allowed to borrow. SHOULD be: in my pen holder. Is ACTUALLY: dumped in their crayon box, usually -- arrrgh, rrrrrrrrrrrggggggghhh -- without its lid.

Oh hey, there's the hole punch too. I WAS TOTALLY LOOKING FOR THAT LAST WEEK.


The grownup scissors. SHOULD be: stuck in the knife block in the kitchen. Is actually: thrown in a random toy box because of course. OF COURSE.

Fine. FINE. Forget it. I don't need to, like, be able to find things in my own house. I give up. In fact ...

Do you have this should-be-there, is-actually-somewhere-dumb problem in your home too?

Images via © istock.com/pagadesign; Linda Sharps

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