Put Away for Safekeeping


Door Lock Secure Safekeeping

Do you ever put something away for safekeeping only to not be able to find it once you need it?

This sadly happens to me a lot. More than I care to admit but I will loudly and proudly here.

I was hired a few years ago to format a safety manual for someone who had previously hired me to create a website for her home business. Having a repeat client was big for me. It meant I was doing something right.

Anyway, the client came to my house to go over what expectations she had for this particular job. She provided me with a small USB drive of all of the files I would need to update for her. I knew that this USB was precious and that I needed to safeguard it from any potential harm such as my kids finding it and destroying it or worse, losing it.

At the time we had a desk/computer armoire where all of my computer equipment and papers were stored. As we had a toddler wandering around and a very curious preschooler, we had a child proof lock to use to lock up the armoire.

After transferring the files from the USB drive to my computer for safe measure I decided to stash away the USB drive I was given in what I considered a “safe place.”

A few weeks went by and I finally completed the job. The client was more satisfied with my work. And then it happened… she asked for her USB drive back. Well, do you think that I could find the darn thing anywhere? I looked up and down, all around for it. I searched for an entire week and still could not find it. I swore up and down that my pre-schooler must have got his hands on to it. Little did I know that I was the ultimate culprit.

I eventually had to apologize to my client and tell her what had happened. Luckily, it was not an expensive item. I replaced the USB drive for her and loaded it with the original files I was given along with the ones that I created to complete the job.

It wasn’t until months later that I found the USB key. We had sold the computer armoire a while back and had moved the desktop computer and printer downstairs to a newer desk. My printer ran out of ink and I needed to replace the cartridges. Upon opening up the printer to access the cartridges, guess what popped out?


I am not even kidding you.

Who puts a USB key away inside a printer for safekeeping?

Me, that’s who!

Anyway, I thought about this story the other night as I had once again put some items away for safekeeping that I couldn’t find. As luck turns out, it did not take me months to find the items, only a couple of hours. Silly me, I had walked past them about 10 times before I noticed where they were put… by me.

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Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. Raina
    January 12, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Ack! This happens to me ALL. THE. TIME. Either I forget where it is or I forget about the item I stashed that by the time I come across it, its relevance is lost! LOL. Oh wel. What can you do? At least we know that we are not in this alone. : )

    • Brandy
      January 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM

      It’s so frustrating but yes, at least we know that we are not alone!

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