Have you ever dropped an earring or contact lens on the carpet and thought you would never find it? When you drop a hard-to-see item on the floor, you don’t need to get down on your hands and knees to scour every inch of the surface. You may need to retrieve these dropped items so that a pet or small child doesn’t find them, and the search can be difficult for some things. A simple flashlight or pen light can be the perfect tool for finding these small items, even during the day.

Turn off the lights in the room and close the curtains if you need to make it darker, and then use a flashlight to find your dropped item. Crouch down so you can flash the beam along the floor and you’ll notice that small, transparent objects will glimmer in the light. This can help you find a dropped contact lens or other items very easily. Items that don’t glimmer will cast a small shadow, helping you to locate whatever you dropped.