Are you someone who’s always looking for their keys? How many times have you been locked out of your house in the last year? Have no fear, we have some tips to make up for losing your keys.
The first step is to work on your memory when it comes to your keys. One tip is to put something bright on your keys, like a fuzzy ball or attach a lanyard to it. When you’re scanning a countertop for your keys, that detail will jump out at you as opposed to just a set of metal keys. Another tip is to designate one spot for your keys, no matter what, and make a point of it. When you come home and lock the door behind you, go to your spot and say that you’re putting your keys there. It may sound silly, but it’ll help you remember when you’re looking for your keys. Instead of looking everywhere like you might’ve before, you can remember that you’ve got a specific spot for them now.
The second step is to have a backup, even as you’re working on your memory. It always takes some time to get used to a routine, and since you don’t want to get locked out, it’s important to have a second set of keys. If you’re on good terms with your neighbors, consider leaving a second set with them, although make sure to let them know if you’re having guests who may approach and ask for keys. If asking neighbors doesn’t work for you, another option is to hide a key somewhere on your property. Immediately, you may think of your doormat or in a plant, but those are somewhat obvious hiding places. Instead, consider a key-code controlled lockbox, or purchasing fake rocks (or other landscaping) for key hiding purposes.
If you have guests come over and you’re not there, make sure to brief them beforehand and let your neighbors know someone will be coming around. It could be embarrassing if your neighbor calls the police because someone they don’t know is trying to get into a house. Make sure to share the keycode or hidden locations via text if you’re in public, so that nobody gets the wrong idea. If all else fails, consider always keeping a house key in your wallet — or with something else you know you’ll always have on you.