Mrs. Efficiency Thoughts – How To Stop Forgetting Things At Home

Guest article from none other than my wife, Dr. Mandy Kirk. Next article is another huge “Per Dollar” study and answers a question I’ve been asking since I was a kid. Is Toilet Paper cheaper than Paper Towels?

Checklists are used in the factory to make sure things get done correctly 100% of the time. If you need to make sure a valve gets closed before we turn a pump on, Checklists prevent failure.

Before our factory developed a Start Up Checklist, I walked out of our Process Room to see a floor full of polyol to which our maintenance guy said- “Have you ever seen a grown man cry?”

Leaving home, I’d forget my lunch, belt, and work laptop often enough that Mandy told me we needed a solution. Its been 4 years and I havent forgotten anything since.


People ask me if I like the efficiency lifestyle that Michael and I live. I do enjoy the benefits and it’s strangely calming. We’re always trying to alter our lives for the better. It makes me feel that we appreciate life more if we strive to maximize every second. Although we often end up watching Netflix with all of our time saving.

What to remember – List for the Door

I used to spend a lot of time in the morning getting to my car – only to realize I forgot something.

Phone, Wallet, Lunch, Homework…

We brainstormed the things we needed every morning. We wrote it all down, and stuck it on the door.

And… We started using it.

At first I was reluctant, I’m stuck in my ways and tend to dislike change. But it helped Michael. He stopped forgetting things.

Then I stopped forgetting things.

And after a week or two I started to learn it and love it. Having every item written down and visible saves me time. Now I don’t even worry. I read through them, check each off in my head. 10 seconds and works every time.

Give it a try! Best case you will save yourself frustration and time. Worst case you are out a piece of paper.

-Mandy Kirk

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5 thoughts on “Mrs. Efficiency Thoughts – How To Stop Forgetting Things At Home

  • January 11, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Good reminder Mandy. I made a vacation checklist of all the things we forget and put it in our car. Now before the wife and I leave for an extended period of time the checklist has to be gone through once before we pull out.

    • January 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Matt, that’s an awesome idea! It’s much less time efficient to turn the car around, and less economically efficient to buy the items you forgot to bring. Would you be willing to share your vacation checklist? This is an area I struggle in. Michael and I have an “on the go bag” pre-packed for overnight trips but I always forget things on extended vacations.

      • January 15, 2017 at 7:21 am

        Hi Mandy, Sorry I didn’t see this earlier. You guys need a feature to let people know when someone responses to their comment. I’d be glad to share my checklist. Our checklist is definitely a living document so when we forget something the checklist gets updated. You can download it at the link below. You might have to play with the margins to get it to print out pretty. Let me know if you see any opportunities for improvement in the checklist.

        • February 10, 2017 at 3:45 am

          Matt, I agree! It took me this long to see your comment!! Thanks so much for sharing, I can’t wait to look it over. I’ll be sure to give you feedback if I notice something dire is missing. 🙂

  • June 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    We use a list of sorts…a mnemonic. Funky Wally takes his minty pills=phone, keys, wallet, breath mints, prescription medication. I’ll try yours if I need to add anything to the list!


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