Lost your keys? Need a key ring finder or a key organizer? Here are entryway storage tips for organizing your keys!
If you misplace your keys on a regular basis, then you may need a key organizer. This can simply be a home that you designate for this purpose such as a bowl near the door or you can purchase a product specifically made to hold keys. Either way, it's important to keep your keys organized and in the same place, so you can find them easily when leaving your home and avoid the panicky search and rescue of this valuable possession.
Below you'll find tips on organizing your keys as well as some great product suggestions like a key ring finder or a wall mount organizer. Enjoy!
Utilize the general organizing procedure of purge, sort and store, and apply it when organizing your keys.
• Start by gathering all of your keys and going through them one by one. Pick up one at a time and decide if it is worth keeping.
• In order to do this, ask yourself appropriate questions (i.e. Do I know what this key goes to? Is this key from a past residence?). Any keys you are unsure about, put aside in a labeled bag or bin to ask a family member later and/or to give yourself some time to figure out what they go to.
• As you make decisions, put the item in the corresponding pile, bag or box - Keep or Recycle. Remember to remove any sticker or labels from the keys before you dispose of them.
• Now that you've gotten rid of the unnecessary
items, separate what's left into categories (i.e. house keys, car keys, work keys, spare keys, mystery keys etc.). This way you can see what and how much you have.
• Put all of the keys that you use on a daily basis on the keychain that you carry around including the house key, the car key and alarm, and any other frequently-used keys.
• Create a home for the keys you use frequently near the door that you come in and out of. This could be a bowl or a hook or a drawer - as long as you get in the habit of depositing your keys there EVERY TIME YOU COME IN (if this habit is hard for you to adopt, you may want to consider getting a key ring finder...see below for product suggestions!).
Below is a photo of our simple set of hooks that houses our frequently-used keys, and we are able to find them there whenever we are leaving the house.
• Create a home for the keys you don't use frequently as well such as spare keys. You could use a drawer in the entryway table like we do or perhaps a spare key organizer like this one.
• If you have a lot of keys, then you may want to label them so you know what each key unlocks. Consider using some sort of code in case your keys end up in the wrong hands.
• See the products recommended below!
Get in the habit of putting your keys in their home immediately when
you walk in. Now you can always find your keys, and the entryway stays
organized. Here's more on entryway storage.
• A few times a year when you do an entryway purge session, sift through your keys to pitch any you don't need, sort the ones you're keeping and do any necessary labeling.