I first heard about memory techniques from the book Mind Performance Hacks by Ron Hale-Evans. Hack #4 is called Stash Things in Nooks and Crannies and describes how to make a memory journey through a single room. The hack can be read online here.
The 10 steps of the memory journey are:
- near left corner
- left wall
- far left corner
- far wall
- far right corner
- right wall
- near right corner
- doorway (where you are standing when forming the journey)
Here’s what is looks like:
I still use my first 10-step journey daily for quick memorization of things like shopping lists. I prefer to make this kind of journey in larger rooms like restaurants, cafes, halls, and historic buildings, because I like each individual locus to be large enough to fit things like elephants and pterodactyls without shrinking everything down too much. I put up to three images in each locus.