HDYDI: Organize Keys

If you’re like me, you lose your keys. All the time.

There are a plethora of things I lose – my iPhone, my purse, my mind. After the millionth time, I finally decided to do something about it. This project took me less than 15 minutes, just a few dollars and almost all the supplies were already in the house.

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We’ve had a “command center” in the house for many years. This great little piece I picked up at Target many moons ago for around $20. I really wish I would’ve thought to take a before photo. It was a mess. Dozens of keys hung on the hooks and coupons/gift cards and BoxTops were jammed in the dividers. It wasn’t pretty. But, look at it now!

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First, I tested the loose keys.  Turned out we had an old front door key, an old shed key and a couple of “I have no idea” keys floating in there.

Then, I sorted the keys into categories (extra sets for both our vehicles, front door, shed, safety deposit box and even a neighbor set). The neighbor keys will be a quick grab when we head out of town and need to give a set to a friend. That’s quite a bit easier than taking keys off our own sets and remembering what key goes where.

After sorting, I added some simple colored key tags, found at The Home Depot, inserted labels and the keys were finally organized.

For all those gift cards and box tops, I used a super simple filing system. On the top, I have the eating out coupons. I slipped them into envelopes, added a sticky tab with the restaurant name and put them in alphabetical order. On the outside of the envelope I indicated the gift card amount. I used the same principal for the gift cards to other places, in the bin just below.

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Here’s the entire system hanging on our wall. (Please forgive the horrific lighting. That hallway has no natural light!) The wall is adjacent to our garage entrance, so it’s a  convenient place and reminds us to hang our keys and insert any gift cards into the bins.

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  1. verdinalouisa on May 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    You continue to amaze me — SUPERMOM! Organization must be your middle name. I need you!!!!

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