Organize Your Keys

It is very important to have your keys well organized and to keep the number of keys that you keep with you to only the number that you need. You may need to have a second set in your glove box if you have the need for a lot of them.

I have heard of some people only carrying their car remote in their pocket. They then keep all their keys in their glove box. It sounds like an interesting way to be minimize what they carry and I may experiment with it some day.

I keep my keys on one ring. I hate those big dangling chains and key rings. I do not want extra stuff in my pocket. Everyone I know who has those big key chains cannot keep their keys in their pocket. Then they are continually misplacing their keys. I do not need that type of worry.

I keep my key ring organized as follows:

1. Round screwdriver from Sears. This has 4 sizes of screwdrivers on it and is very handy tool for being well-organized. You will find it has lots of uses.

2. Car key (1). One key starts the car, all the locks and it has the remote opener on it.

3. House key (1). One key opens both my front and back door.

4. Post Office Box key (1). I receive most of my mail at a location not my home.

5. Mail box key (1). I do get some mail at the mail box for my home.

I do have extra keys for my home, my car, my son's car and other things. But I do not carry these keys around with me. I keep them hidden in my house in case I need them.

One of the most embarrassing things that ever happened to me happened a month after the wallet incident. I was at college. I had 2 roommates in the dorm. One roommate was Hal, a big fun-loving guy from Verona. Hal had gone to school in Madison for 2 years and was kicked out for poor grades. He was very smart but he loved to go out drinking more than study. I guess his parents thought that going to a different school away from his old friends and the nightlife in Madison would help his grades.

My other roommate was Steve. Steve was from my hometown. I had gone through all of grade school and high school with him and he was one of my best friends. Steve had gone into the military during the summer after we graduated from high school and our freshmen year of college. His military training definitely changed him from high school, but I still liked him. He was a great guy.

There was a common bathroom for all the about 50 guys on our floor. When you wanted to take a shower you would take your soap, shampoo, towel, etc. to the bathroom. I kept my stuff organized in a carryall tray.

One day, I went to take a shower. I told Steve to not lock our door because I was not taking my keys. I took a shower and when I got back the door was locked. I couldn’t believe it. Here I was a freshman in college, standing with a towel around my waist and my toiletries in my carryall tray wondering what I was going to do. I had no idea when Steve or Hal was coming back. Hal sometimes went home during the week because he did not live very far away and Steve had his military stuff to do that sometimes took many hours.

I waited around by the door and by some miracle Bill, the dorm Resident Assistant (R.A.) came home. He started laughing when he saw me standing in my towel. “So the new freshmen got locked out of his room. I bet you want me to let you in,” he said. I said yeah, that would be nice. Bill went to the first floor to get the master and let me in.

The feeling of standing there nearly naked and helpless still haunts me to this day. I was very mad at Steve for locking me out. But I was mostly mad at myself for not being prepared and organized. From that day on I have not been without my keys.

I just heard 2 stories lately about losing keys. Both instances happened in the winter while the guys were working outside shoveling snow or snow blowing. They each lost them in the snow.

They had placed their keys in their winter coat pockets rather than in their pants pockets. The pockets in winter coats are large and roomy. They are good for hats and gloves but not for keys. They obviously were working strenuously and were not concentrating on their keys and the keys fell out of their coat pockets. That is why I always put my keys in my pants pocket. I know that coat pockets aren’t built for keys.

I just read a story the other day. The woman writes:

One of my husband's first jobs when we moved into our house was to replace the torn screen on our patio door. He replaced the screen while I was gone, and I'm sure it must have looked nice. But after putting his tools away in the garage, he realized he'd locked himself out. So what does my handyman husband do? He slits the new screen to reach the screen lock door.

My husband learned two things that day: how to replace a screen and to always leave a door unlocked when you're working around the house.

I would say that a person who does not keep his keys in his pocket at all times is just begging to be locked out. It is not if, it is when you will be locked out.

THE LESSON IS TO ALWAYS, ALWAYS, KEEP YOUR KEYS WITH YOU IN YOUR HAND OR RIGHT HAND FRONT PANTS POCKET.

There is just no way to be organized if you lose your keys.

Knowing where your keys are is probably almost as important as knowing where your wallet is. Both these items are the key to a well organized life.


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