Give Me the Simple Life: Extra Sets


A curious thing happened after my children received their driver’s licenses. After endless frustration at losing car keys, I collected extra sets of car keys and kept them in a tin hidden in my bedroom.

When my family had only one set of car keys, everyone knew where the keys were. They don’t get lost. We have a half-wall between the entry way and the living room; on it sits a tray for car keys. But when we had several sets of car keys, we could never find the keys when we needed them. Lots of wasted time hunting around the house, in pants pockets, in purses, for lost keys. No longer! Having extra sets of things can get strangely complicated.

Over the years, I’ve discovered this same phenomenon applies to many things: sunglasses, purses, lipsticks, dog leashes. Maybe a carelessness sets in when you think you have plenty—but I’ve discovered that the less I have, the more I have.

So what one thing gets lost the most in your home?  

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Kathleen Berman says:

    My husband’s sunglasses are what gets lost most in our home. His eyes are very sensitive to light and he wears them whenever he is out. He is constantly misplacing them.

  2. Andrea Woodard says:

    The remote to the TV, I usually keep it in the cabinet under the TV, but my husband insists on keeping it by his desk on the edge of the paper shredder. Sometimes i leave it on top of the books I have for sale at Ebay.

  3. Linda Knott says:

    #1 would be scissors, #2 would be my glasses. As I live alone, it’s always my fault that they aren’t where they belong. Oh well………. 🙂

  4. Donna B says:

    My mom’s cell phone. She is always laying it down somewhere or leaving it in a pocket of her coat or dress.