Short answer to your question: Yes! Kids make you do the stupid things. I keep a 'lost items' bucket. Anything that is found - under the sofa, TV, in utensils drawer(??) is put into the bucket, and at the end of the week we (together with the kids) find their 'homes'. It's good fun, and stops me from going mad.
about six months ago I bought 3 large plastic tubs for all the small annoying things to go in. One was for things with wheels, one was for people, animal shaped things or happyland stuff and the other was for things that didn't fit into either of these two categories. It was soooooo satisfying and lastest about 2 days.
It happens to me too! However, I do think it's worth it! My sister was fairly scrupulous and the benefit is that my DSs have most of the toys that her two have grown out of - and because I do it too, I hope I'll be able to hand them on to someone else as well.