Closed September 2017

Clutter Video Tip: How to Find Your Car Keys

If true confession is good for the soul, then let me lay my soul bare and admit that I have a real, daily organizational problem! But wait, before I get too keyed up, I have to reveal my dirty little secret. In this video I am revealing why I have been misplacing my keys like crazy. Fortunately I have found a solution. Using this strategy has helped me maintain some sanity and has made getting from “A” to “B” much “E”-“C”-er. 😉

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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, and for today’s Clutter Video Tip, I have a true confession. Lately, I’ve been having trouble finding my car keys. So that is not good, right? I just got a new car and it’s a 2010 model. And so, some of these newer cars have a different kind of car key. This is a traditional car key. It has the metal thing sticking out that you stick into an ignition switch and turn to start your car. This is my new key. It has no metal thing sticking out. It is a radio frequency key. So this allows my car to start and operate if it’s anywhere in the vicinity of the driver’s seat. So this key could be in my pocket, or my purse; it could be in a drink holder of the car, or it can even be stuck between the seat somewhere. It doesn’t really have a home inside the car, and yet your car will still run.

So, what normally would happen is you’ve got this kind of key, you turn your car off in the ignition switch, you pull it out, you have it in your hand, and you walk in your door of your house, naturally having it in your hand, you look for a place to put it down. And if you follow our advice, we talk about having key hooks. So I just hang the key right here. That was my normal process. Now, since this could be in my purse or my pocket, it is not as natural and there isn’t a trigger for me to naturally hang it up on the hook. So then when it’s time to go somewhere, I have to go find it in my purse or something. I predict this is going to be a problem for lots of people. So here is the solution that works for us now.

I have found these removable adhesive hooks and this is a very tiny size that they have, I think a lot of sizes would work. This one is called “Decorating Clips” and again, they’re really small. So what I’ve done is attached one of these little hooks directly to the steering column of my car where the ignition switch normally would be, and that’s something I’m accustomed to. So I actually hang my keys on the little hook when I get into the car. And that way when I get out, I pick them up off the hook, they’re in my hand, and then I walk in the door and follow the old process that I’ve always done.

But this is what happens in our lives. We get something new and there may be a new habit that needs to be created, a new process, or a problem that needs to be solved. And sometimes it’s hard to do that by yourself. So every single day in our Member Message Board area our team of organizing experts is helping our members with exactly this kind of stuff. We have the expertise, the objectivity, and the accountability to help you solve those problems and get these things done. If you want to find out more about that, you can learn more at

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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