I have a child who likes to do this: Absquatulate. Well, to be more accurate, absquatulate with. Anytime we have something missing, we always check his room first. Frequently, it will be there. When we come home with something new (for instance my husband came home with a camouflage backpack to use during hunting and he laid it on the island) it inevitably disappears. Then the absquatulator came home, picked it up, took the tags off, and put it with his hunting gear. My husband said, “What are you doing?”
“Anyone can use it,” came the reply, as he proceeded to store it.
Hmmm… As far as I know, he and my husband are the only hunters. Who would “anyone” be?
Hats, gloves, luggage, SCUBA gear, memory cards, cameras, you name it. He’s like a squirrel storing nuts for the winter.
At least we know where to go when we can’t find something. And if we can’t find it in his room? Well, I read somewhere that there have been studies that prove squirrels can find some 90% of the nuts they hide. I think that falls under the category of organized chaos. Only problem is, you don’t have to get a squirrel to admit they took it.