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Helpful Organizing Tip – Prevent Parking Lot Panic

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Have you ever gone shopping and forgot where you parked? Read now to find out how to prevent Parking Lot Panic! I
Holiday season is almost upon us. Holidays or not, going to the mall can make you dizzy! Add in sparkly decorations, tons of people, blaring holiday music–all that can make a brain very tired. So when it’s time to go home and you exit hopefully through the same door you used to enter the mall, it may take you a moment to think about where you parked your car.

Not any more! Because my helpful organizing holiday tip is:

Use the camera on your phone to take a picture of where you parked your car. No more wandering around the parking lot in a panic. (Whew!)

I do this even when it’s NOT holiday time. Above is a picture of my car at the Paramus Park Mall. I only had to run in and out of one store but I snapped the photo just in case.

When you take the photo make sure to have a ‘landmark’ in the background such as a store or a parking lot sign. If you look at the picture look closely, you’ll notice that I’m in Section 26 parked near the Sears Auto Center.

Now you have one less thing to worry about this holiday season! Less stress for you and more time for the joy of the season. Who can’t appreciate that?

Fess up–how often have you felt ‘parking lot panic?’

About Stacey Agin Murray

Stacey is a professional organizer & speaker in New Jersey specializing in residential organizing, time, and paper management challenges. She also authored The Organized Bride’s Thank You Note Handbook: Let Systems and 101 Modern Sample Thank You Notes Take You From Overwhelmed to Organized.

Categories: Helpful Organizing Tips, Holiday Season


6 responses to “Helpful Organizing Tip – Prevent Parking Lot Panic”

  1. A woman told me that one time, long before we had smart phones and digital cameras, she had to leave her car overnight and come back when the stores were closed because she couldn’t remember where she’d parked! What a great idea, Stacey!

  2. Thanks, Janet! I used to have a big red car which was easy to spot but since I’ve gone to dark gray, I feel like I need to either take a picture of where I’ve parked or tie a big balloon to my windshield wiper!

  3. Seana Turner says:

    My brother-in-law starting doing this years ago and popping the photo into Evernote (early technology adopter!) It is surprisingly easy to forget where you parked!

    • Stacey Agin Murray says:

      You’re not kidding! There are times I go to the mall for an hour and can’t remember where I’ve parked my car. Thank goodness I have a bright red SUV–can’t miss it in a parking lot.

  4. When I was growing up we went on vacation and lost our car in the parking garage for hours. It was awful! I’ve never lost my car, but I typically use a mnemonic to help me by incorporating the letter of the section or number of the row, but taking a picture would save on my memory space! Great tip!

    • Stacey Agin Murray says:

      I’m sorry my post brought up a bad memory! I used mnemonics before smart phones. I’d park on purpose in a section that had a number or letter that meant something to me. Now with a smart phone, I can just snap a picture of the area around my parking spot. It’s helpful to use the memory space on your phone instead of your brain!

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