In the winter, I misplace hats. I don one in the morning for the drive to work. If the car is too warm, I remove it and place it on the passenger seat. The passenger seat is where my purse and lunch bag lay, so there’s a good chance I’ll remember to pick up the hat as I collect the rest of my things. I will most certainly have a mug of coffee in the cup holder. I have at times forgotten to retrieve the coffee, but not the purse and lunch. If my roly laptop bag is on the floor of the front seat, I’ve got more to contend with. The hat should be on top of this pile of things. I should see it and put it on my head.
I trudge to the building. If I’m with the laptop, I enter the basement and take the elevator to the first floor. I roll to my desk, dump my stuff, and decide if I want to hang up my coat on the rack or just set it to the side in my work area. Whatever I do, the hat goes in the coat pocket. There is a chance that it may fall out of the pocket and become misplaced. I have many times dropped the hat on the way to the coat rack. I see it on my way back. If I’m feeling lazy I’ll take it back to my desk instead of returning to the rack to place it in the pocket. This could cause me to forget to wear it home.
There are other modes of hat misplacement. It could fall out of my pocket as I walk from building to car. I might throw it in the backseat and cover it with the junk I tend to throw back there. Leaving it on the seat at a restaurant is a thing I might do. This mundane list could go on.
My solution to hat misplacement is to own lots of inexpensive hats.
Don’t get me started on gloves!