Th ere you are in the store, and you have forgotten your shopping list—again. This won’t happen if you make a habit of keeping your shopping list in your head. The method you choose primarily depends on the average length of your shopping list rather than on your preference for a particular system. For detailed information on this read this article.

Begin with a short shopping expedition and create your list with the help of a simple memorizing system. Initially, write down the ten keywords you can visualize best, one under the other. Note your intended purchases next to them and memorize the list. In your mind’s eye, visualize hanging your purchases on the keywords as if hanging them on hooks. In the store, allow the hooks to pass before your mind’s eye like coat hangers in a wardrobe, and grab the item you see before you as you place the actual item in your shopping cart. Just as with a written shopping list, you can check whether you have actually found everything you wanted by checking over the list in your head.

It is not really hard to memorize lists or anything for that matter, so you need not to be like this kid

memory techniques to memorize lists

Soon you’ll have the sequence of the keywords securely etched in your memory, and all you’ll need to do to create a shopping list. Also read a quick method for memorizing lists.


If you generally buy the same items in the same stores all the time, you’ll know exactly what to find where. It will save you a lot of time if you make up your shopping list to correspond to the arrangement of products in the store. Also read memory anchors and how they improve your memory.

For example, imagine that you want to buy ham, flour, tissues, butter, tomatoes, dishwashing liquid, milk, rice, cookies, and a toothbrush, which are found in the supermarket aisles in that order. The story you create using your memory words along the various simple systems of memory techniques could read like this.

Throw one ham after another through the circus hoop (0).

One bun (1) is covered in flour and quite white.

Grandma and Grandpa (2) are lying in the tissues.

The butter is up in a tree (3).

People are throwing tomatoes through a door (4).

You always keep your dishwashing liquid in a plastic hand (5).

A pile of bricks (6) is bathed in milk.

The seven dwarves (7) are covered in rice.

The gate (8) is covered in cookies, which crumble when you try to open it.

You are cleaning the vine (9) with a toothbrush.

is mentally combine the individual items to be purchased with those ten keywords.

Instead of using a story or one of the number systems, you could also use parts of your body as keys for your list, starting for example with your feet (1) and moving up via your knee (2), hip (3), backside (4), waist (5), chest (6), shoulders (7), neck (8), face (9), and hair (10). Link the items of your shopping list visually with these anatomical parts to help you memorize. Also read how to memorize medical and almost any terms.

For more extensive shopping trips, use your fictional or first personal route and extend it as far as necessary. Th is will be essential by the time you decide to do your big weekend shopping trip using only your now-well-trained memory. There is another technique called word train technique to memorize lists.

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