Do you want the key to organizing success? Wait, did you say key? I wonder where I put my keys when I got to work/home/dear Aunt Mabel’s… If any of this sounds familiar, you are not alone- next to your marbles keys are one of the most common items people lose. Watch this video (at http://tinyurl.com/TCDKey) to make getting out the of the door (and finding your marbles) a lot easier. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player.)
Hi, I’m Lorie Marrero, and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about keys. In my line of work, I have a lot of people joking with me about not being able to find their keys, and there are a lot of issues that I see with people with their keys, so let’s solve those today once and for all.
First, I see usually a pile of mystery keys in people’s junk drawers, so let’s keep that from happening, all you have to do is go to any office supply store or hardware store and they have these little metal rimmed paper key tags. You write on them with a marker or pen, or a label maker, and obviously that is not a mystery key anymore. Sometimes you also have issues on your own personal key ring with two keys that are very, very similar so you have a lot of trouble finding out which one is which, and you put the wrong one in the door. You have these available again at these office supply or hardware stores that are rubberized rings. They come in different colors and different textures, and they fit around the head of the key so that you know the purple key is the one that you want for the front door or whatever the case may be. And, with the texture you actually can even feel sometimes the difference when you’re fumbling around in your purse, so that can be very helpful too.
If you’re having trouble finding your keys, you have two things to solve: one is a home for your keys, and secondly a habit for putting the keys always back in that home. You can use a hook by the door that you most frequently enter and exit the house, and you can also use a bowl like this. You can just have this right on a table where you come in and out and have it only be for keys. And then when you’re establishing this habit, you can take a post-it note and write “keys” really large and put it right in your line of sight when you walk in the door, for several days you can see that and remember to take them out of your pocket and put them on the hook or in the bowl.
Now if you have a really great home for your keys, no matter what you do you sometimes may lose your keys, or lock them in your car, or something like that, so you might need to find a spare key for getting into the house, and they have these little key lockers, they’re magnetic, you can get these at the hardware store too, and it just slides right open, and you fit a house key inside there, put them somewhere securely and strategically outdoors around your house – I’m not going tell you where mine is, but you can find a place for you, and that way you’ll always have a key in the case of an emergency.
So finding the homes for your keys and establishing your emergency key, those are great little projects, but if you want to do a more significant project, we have the Seven Day Quick-Start program where we will help you figure out what you’re going to do, help you know how to do it, and help you get it done, and that is a series of videos and other things that you can get from us for free with the 7-Day Quickstart program. You can learn more at clutterdiet.com/learnmore.
See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.
You may have been searching for how to stop losing keys or where to keep keys.
The video gives a lot of good ideas for your keys, but how about the most fool proof? Replace your front door lock with a combination lock and never need a key again!
Ha! Evelyn, that’s great- they have keypads on cars why not front doors?
Excellent suggestion, Evelyn. Agree!