After having spent a solid few minutes searching for my English book, I've come to realise how better life could be if we digitally catalogued everything.
That way, when we think we've list something in the house, all we've got to do is just walk over to that machine, type in whatever we're looking for, and BAM!
The machine would proceed to let us know exactly where it is, either via written directions or better yet, provide a map of the house, and a red marker on the item!
See? Item found in no time.