The "Key" to Your Organization
When we think of organization we often think of closets, attics, and messes lurking on our desks and under beds. But the reality is that our keys can be just as chaotic. I've had the privilege of learning a few tips of the key-trade from Brittany Carlson of Bonded Lock and Key which can help us all unlock a few doors to better organization.
- Try color-coding your keys if you just have a few on your key ring and want fast and easy access with no more fumbling at the door. Brittany says that some people even paint their keys with different colors of nail polish, or you can use rubber key caps.
- Consider labeling your keys, especially if you have a lot of them. This can be done with permanent marker on the head of the key or key cover. For security sake, use a code such as numbering or shorthand that doesn't shout, "This is the key to my house at 123 Lost Lane!"
- Invest in more detailed key organization systems such as those that Bonded Lock and Key carries, like key cabinets and special labeling systems. These are helpful for people who have many properties (or locks) to manage.
- Consider re-keying locks at the same property so that you don't have to have carry multiple keys for one place.
If you use a code on your key labels, be sure to have a decoder in with your personal files, and if you have your digital passwords recorded somewhere, include details about your physical keys. If someone should have to access your property on your behalf, you don't want that person to have to scramble through key-chain chaos, especially in an emergency. Brittany says that unfortunately they receive many calls from people who are responsible for taking care of a loved one's belongings, but can't find the key or the safe combination.
And one more tip for you if you have a set of mystery keys you carry "just in case". Places such as Bonded Lock and Key can look at your keys and tell you what kind of locks they fit and how many duplicates you might actually have. Still searching for more ways to organize your keys and other crucial pieces of your everyday life? Give me a call or send me a message and I'll help you find your own "key" to organization!