If you're anything like me, you misplace just about everything. The biggest culprits are the usuals--car keys, wallet, jacket, and so forth. I've wasted countless minutes running around looking for something I need before heading out of the house. People close to me have tried to establish a system to help break my forgetful folly, to no avail.
Switchhooks, another one of those "why didn't I think of that?" inventions, could help me break the cycle. It's a light switch plate and storage area created by Andy Lee, a design engineer who has worked with Ideo, Xerox PARC, and NASA.
The idea was sparked when Lee's sister misplaced her car keys. While recalling the story to her brother, she mentioned turning on the lights. That's when the light bulb turned on in Lee's head.
So he set off to create a light switch plate with a dual purpose, employing multiple hooks, magnets, or shelf attachments at the bottom to hold house keys, a purse, cape, or blaster rifle up to 5 pounds. … Read more