How to Keep from Losing Your Keys

It happens to everyone from time to time.  We all eventually lose, misplace, and forget our home, apartment keys or car keys, making ourselves locked out – usually at the most inconvenient times.  Even the renowned African American scholar, Henry Louis Gates, lost his keys, became locked out of his home, and was subsequently arrested for seemingly breaking into his own home.

Unfortunately, unlike Mr. Gates, most of us won’t end up sipping beers with President Obama when we lose our car keys or apartment keys.  For us, simply misplacing a small piece of brass can cost us a lot of time, money, and frustration when we have to hire a residential locksmith or automotive locksmith.  Here are some tips that might help you reduce your chances of losing your keys again and avoid the headache of a lockout:

• Establish a Routine:  It’s an obvious one, but it may be the most important.  Designate a place in your home, preferably just inside your front door, to deposit your keys immediately when you enter your house.  But let’s take this a step further.  You shouldn’t just assume you will do it; you should “practice” it.  Try leaving and reentering your home about ten times; depositing your house keys in their designated location each time.  This might feel silly but the trick is to forge routine pathways in your brain so you will start to do this automatically.  After enough routines, you won’t even have to remember to do it.

• Use the Same Pocket:  Establish another routine of always keeping your keys in the same pockets.  For men, you may use a pants pocket as long as you don’t keep anything else in there.  For women, don’t just throw your keys in your purse where you are likely to lose them while rifling through it searching for other things.  Designate a zipped pocket in your purse for your keys and only your keys.

• Remove Rarely Used Keys:  The fewer keys you have on your key ring the better.  Having a key ring that is exploding with house keys, apartment keys, car keys, locker keys, mailbox keys, work keys, bike keys, gate keys, piano keys, is not only intrusive and uncomfortable, but it increases the chances that you will lose them.  All those blades poking out are more likely to get caught on something and pulled out of your pocket and purse.  Also, the losses are greater since you’re losing more keys.  If you don’t use a key on at least a weekly basis, it shouldn’t be on your daily key ring.

• Do Not Share Keys:  Whether you live with your family or have roommates, it’s unwise to store your keys in the same place and share them without oversight.  This always leads to confusion when somehow all the keys are missing and no one has any idea where they all went.  This leads to a lot of finger pointing when no one wants to admit, or doesn’t even realize, that they lost their keys.  Instead, make sure everyone keeps their keys in a different place and does not take keys from someone else without permission.

• Use a Necklace or Lanyard:  If all else fails, you may just have to bite the bullet and don the key as very tacky jewelry.  You can purchase a key lanyard or make a necklace for your key so you will always be wearing it.  It may be uncomfortable and feel silly, but at least you can be sure you won’t lose your keys.

But if you do lose your keys, you can rely on Locksmith in Chicago to provide fast, inexpensive, and convenient locksmith services.  Whether you need transponder keys, duplication, security, or an emergency locksmith, Omega Locksmith can assist you.

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