If I use multiple items in my room, then there is a high chance for me to mix the order and end up confused. But if I use one room for one picture then there is no problem. Need to experiment with this too.
If I use a memory palace, I generally have a rather rigid rule of going clockwise round the room. So, generally, for a square shaped, average sized room, the loci are always rigidly:
- Bottom left corner
- Centre of left wall
- Top left corner
- Top wall (i.e. wall opposite the doorway)
- Top right corner
- Right wall
- Bottom right corner
Also the memory objects I put there will interact with that part of the room e.g. If there is a chest of drawers in that corner, and I want to remember “axe”, I will imagine chopping the chest of drawers with an axe.
I also try to make consecutive memory images interact with each other. For example, having chopped the chest of drawers to bits, I will then do something to the item at the next locus the axe. For example, if the next item to remember is “teddy bear”, and it is sitting on the chair, I will imagine throwing the axe into the teddy bear and chair, releasing splinters and fluff that will hit the next item on the list.