Basic Organizing: Keeping Track of Your Keys

I confess that I’ve had to work hard at keeping track of my keys.

At home, they always go on the hook right inside the door. That’s worked well for years.  But I’ve had trouble keeping track of my keys when I’m not at home. Just put them in your purse, right?  Well, I have this ginormous bag for work, and I was always losing my keys in its deep recesses. I was always hunting, hunting, hunting for those silly keys.

Here are my solutions for never losing keys:

Assign Keys a Permanent Home in Your Bag: I assigned one of the outside pockets as the home for my keys.  Nothing else!  Just the keys.  Which pocket, you ask?  Well, the one with the label on it!  That’s where my keys live in my bag.  Not in any of the deep inside pockets.  Only in the outside pocket with the label on it.

Assign Keys a Permanent Home on Your Person: When I’m teaching at the preschool, I need to have my keys handy throughout the building. So they live in the right-hand pocket of my pants or my fleece.  Not in the left!  Only in the right.

So there are only three places my keys could be: on the hook inside the door at home, in the small pocket with the label on the outside of my bag, or in my right pocket.  Simply making a conscious decision about where to keep my keys has made all the difference.

Where could you keep your keys? Think about an easily accessible place in your bag and/or on your person where your keys can ALWAYS live. Train yourself to keep them only in these places and you’ll never have to wonder where they are ever again.


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