Organizinger: What can I do about all those keys?
Even the smallest things in our lives can occupy considerable time and effort. Have you ever lost your keys? Have you ever found a key in the house and have no idea what it is for? As you get ready to move, you may come across keys in every room. Here are some ideas on what to do with keys.
Always put your keys in the same spot in your purse or briefcase and, when you get home, in the same spot in the house. This will save you months of time over the years that you would normally spend searching for keys.
Tag all the keys in your house. Sometimes we don’t use a key for a couple of years and then are left wondering what the key opens. Especially tag the neighbour’s key and the key to your relatives’ homes so that you can find them in a hurry – should you get the emergency calls.
Many key shops sell fancy metals for their keys. If you have trouble distinguishing keys on your chain, try having them made in leopard print, one in blue and the third one in flowers. Have some fun. My dad used to paint the keys with different nail polish from my mom’s collection. Try anything that helps distinguish one key from another.
Find a small tin can (from biscuits or candy). Label the outside of the tin “Keys”. Here is where you will put all of the keys that you find or own but do not use on a regular basis. Label every key ring with what the keys do. If you don’t know, open a small Ziploc bag and toss in the keys with no home. If, in two years, you have never opened that bag, throw it away. Those are keys from college, from your third last home and from neighbours that have moved. You don’t need them!!!!!
Finally, never leave your whole key ring at the auto repair shop or with a parking valet. Find a key ring where you can remove your car key – or better yet – give them your spare key so that you will be able to keep a car key yourself. You can trust your mechanic but maybe not the security of company keyboard.
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