It's 7:30 am, you've got a meeting at 8 am, and you're on your way out the door when the four worst words in the English language pop into your head: "Where are my keys?!" Everyone has a unique story of locking themselves out. And if you're ever stuck in a jam for cocktail party talk, it's a surefire conversation starter. ("Did I ever tell you about the time I interrupted my dog walker in the middle of a date to get my spare key?")
How to remember your keys:
- Keep them in the same spot!
Newton was right - objects at rest stay at rest, and his first law is also our first law of organization. The most important element of remembering your keys is to consistently leave them in the same spot.
- Purchase or DIY a specific key holder you will associate your keys.
Some functional and creative ideas are:
- Cake dish
- Soap dish
- A small decorative tray
- Use a lanyard and carry your ID and keys together. Something bulkier is harder to forget. Another option, though not for the fashion-conscious: a fanny pack. These are especially beloved by runners and dog walkers.
- Put a reminder note by your front door.
Make sure this is the last thing to you see when exiting your house so you won't be distracted before you get out the door.
- Go with what works. If all else fails, there's always the old decorative-turtle-on-the-front-porch-that-is-actually-a-key-holder trick.