I don’t know about you, but when working in the yard I often can’t find the rake or other long-handled tool I had just set down.  This happens even when I consciously place it where I think I’ll find it.  It occurred to me that, just as a lack of contrast makes it hard to find things inside, that may be part of what is happening here.  

The wooden or metal handles blend in with the ground and trees.  They stand out better when laid on the sidewalk or driveway, but that isn’t the best idea.  When inside, I set things down in certain places and that really helps to find them.  But I’ve yet to develop such helpful habits when setting things down outside.  Of course, outside is much bigger than inside.  Maybe drag out an old garbage can to serve as the tool holder?  

So, now I’m thinking of how I can add some contrast to the tool.  White tape or white paint on the handle is one idea.  If I find something that works well, I’ll share it.  If you have already found a solution, would you share it with me?  I’ll pass on what comes in.

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Edward Cohen is a senior, legally-blind entrepreneur. His company designs and makes products useful for daily living that help those dealing with vision decline or related challenges. In 2015, he started EZ2See® Products LLC to make a large-print, weekly-style planner. He incorporated unique features not found elsewhere, which is why it is so accessible. He continues to create and add unique low-vision products.