Start the New Year Off Right: 5 Cheap and Easy Key Organization Ideas
After a long day of work, all you want to do when you get home is kick your feet up and relax. But after your commute, you walk up to your door, and sigh as you take out your overextended key chain. So begins the search to find just the right key that will unlock the door to your sanctuary.
But this year will be different—really! You’ve resolved that 2017 will be your best and most organized year yet, and South Shore Locksmith is here to help. With the following cheap and easy key organization ideas, you’ll soon be able to check that New Years resolution off your list once and for all.
Using nail polish is a tried and true method for organizing your various keys. First, lay out all your keys on a paper towel, napkin, or newspaper so that you can keep your work space safe and clean. Next, collect a few different colored nail polishes or ask to borrow some from a friend, and begin to assign each key with a different color. If you decide to make a legend, be smart about where you keep it and get rid of it as soon as you’ve memorized your new organizational system. Finally, paint each key head with its associated color, letting one side dry before you move on to the next. Once dry, put them back on your key chain for a beautifully color-coded key ring!
If you don’t have any nail polish, or you’re just looking for a slightly less messy way to organize your keys, we recommend using permanent markers to color-coordinate your keys. For this method, you’ll also need some clear nail polish. First, color the key head with the sharpie on both sides. To prevent the color from rubbing off or fading over time, paint both sides with a clear coat of nail polish using the application technique above. As experts, we never recommend putting personal information on your keys to help identify them, including names, addresses, and what they key is for (car, home, business, etc.). Instead, we suggest using numbers, shapes, or some other identifier so that if stolen, the thief will have a more difficult time accessing your property.
Separate Key Rings
If you have a ton of different keys on your chain, an easy way to organize them is with separate key rings. This is especially helpful if you find that you don’t always need certain keys permanently with you (like your car keys or mail key). Organize your keys into different sections and put each section on its own ring. No rings? No problem. Just use zip ties to help keep costs down.
If DIY isn’t your thing, no sweat. Most local hardware and office supply stores sell pre-made rubber and plastic key caps specially designed to fit right over your key head. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors and typically cost under $10 each. Can’t find it in your local store? Check Amazon.com.
Premade Key Organizer
Today, there are a ton of different key organization systems to choose from. Keydisk, Keysmart, and Keyport are just three of the many Swiss Army-esque key organizational systems on the market. A quick Google search will show you a number of these different products, and most of them are $20 or less.
Keys are relatively tiny, and between losing them and trying to find the right one things can get frustrating. Start this new year off right by organizing that key chain of yours to make your life just a little bit easier in 2017. Unfortunately, accidents happen, keys get lost, misplaced, and even stolen. For all of your key and locksmith needs, call South Shore Locksmith at (561) 531-2619 for Palm Beach County or (954) 974-7608 for Broward County.