I'm trying to track down a science fiction short story I read 20+ years ago that is based on the notion that the passage of time isn't just us moving from the past into the future, but rather literally moving from one universe (or reality / dimension) to another. There was a notion that the movement from one universe to the next was on some time interval (minute, hour, day), though I don't recall. Each new universe was built (or prepared / manufactured) by some beings or higher power.
My recollection is that the story was at its core an explanation for why people sometimes seemed to lose an item that would then reappear later. In this case, the item wasn't lost or misplaced; rather the "missing" item was simply forgotten by the beings that built that version of the universe (aka a "glitch").
I want to say that it was written by a famous author though I'm not sure that is true.
It's a bit like this Short fantasy about disappearing items - Asimov's early 1980s though the characters don't have any control over the disappearing items. Instead it's more like, I left my brush on the counter yesterday and it's not there today. Though tomorrow it will be found in the place it was supposed to be.