I was about to append this to the discussion called, "What good habits do you have?" but I decided that there might be enough interest in this topic that it might merit its own thread. The topic is keys.
What habits do you have with your keys?
Where do you put them when you're not using them?
How do you remember what each key opens?
I used to lose my keys, and waste time looking for them. Then I realized that all I had to do was put them in the same place every time. These days, that place is right inside my purse, on a clip made to hold my keychain. It works great unless I put my purse somewhere it doesn't belong, then I'm searching for my purse. If I can just manage to keep my side of the hutch cleaned out, then my purse is always in there when I'm at home. That is the place our household stows all the incoming mail, library books that need to go back, etc. We also have a bag of keys that are used only rarely, such as keys to vacation homes or the homes of friends and relatives. We also have extras of keys on our keychains. In the bag, they are at least in one place, but some were not marked. During a decluttering of our hutch, I pulled out the bag and we took a good hard look at all the keys. There were keys we did not remember. Some were even on pretty keychains, but were not properly identified. What is it for? How did it get there? We were able to identify a few keys that we no longer needed because we no longer owned what they went to. We threw away an odd\-shaped key because we hadn't used it in years \-\- couldn't remember what it was for \-\- then only a few weeks later, we realized it was for the trailer hitch! Hubby ended up cutting the pin that held the trailer hitch onto the car. It took a lot of time and effort. That was when I was finally able to convince hubby that I wasn't just being overly idealistic when I insisted that we mark each new key that came into our lives. No more confusion. No more throwing away a key, only to find out I wish I hadn't. I went out and bought some key tags. I labeled all the keys, even the one remaining mystery key. We wrote just a huge question mark on the key tag. At least it's just one. Maybe someday we'll figure out why we have it.