brought my two sided waterstone into my den last fall, as the temps were getting low. I added a 4000 grit stone in the early winter, and also stored it in the den. While I was in hospital for 18 days in January, my daughters came home and decided one night to tidy up my den. Now, women and men have fundamentally different ideas of what constitutes 'tidy.' To me it means that I can see everything, and the things I need most often are within reach, where I left them. To the lovely women in my family, 'tidy' means put in boxes with lids on them so you get to play 'button, button' with a half dozen lidded boxes until you find the one that has the stuff you want. Not to mention that they will put chisels and screwdrivers in the same box.
Today I wanted to start sharpening some planes I bought in the fall. I was able to find the new stone, as it was still in the Lee Valley bag, but the other, with the 1000 grit surface, was nowhere to be seen. It certainly wasn't next to my humidor where I had left it in November. I finally did a 'jail search' (was once a jail guard) of my den, turning over every book, magazine, CD, camera part or anything else that might sonceal a 8" x3" waterstone. Of course, it turned up in the last place I could have looked, on a shelf in the closet next to some old garden lighting fixtures.
There's a moral to this. If your wife or daughters offer to tidy up your shop or other male space, LOCK IT UP, AND HIDE!!