Remembering Your Keys

Keys hanging on a row of hooks.
Constantly forgetting where you placed your keys or just losing them altogether? There's nothing worse than that feeling you get when you can't find your keys. Misplaced or lost keys can wreak havoc in our daily routines. This is a page about remembering your keys.

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December 15, 2006

I have a "hiker's clip" attached to my purse handles. When I get home and inside, I immediately attach my car and house keyring onto the hiker's clip.

So the each time, I'm ready to leave, no more having to hunt for my car keys!

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March 1, 2017

I keep my car keys beside my bed on my beside table for two reasons.

  1. I know where they are. They are not sinking to the bottom of my purse, or left behind in a jacket I may not wear again for several weeks or laid down somewhere lost.A car key and remote on a bedside table.

  2. They are part of my home security program. Should I hear someone outside or trying to get into my car, I hit the panic button on my keys. It sends them running and alerts the neighbors. Twice, I had someone trying to break into my car in years past and I used this to scare them off. Once, a neighbor heard the commotion and he caught them. He was a cop, off duty. This is one of the tips I tell my students when I teach my safety classes.

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November 1, 2004

When packing holiday leftovers to send home with guests, put their car keys in the fridge with the leftovers. They will think you are nuts, but they won't get any farther than the car door without their keys - and the leftovers!

By Linda

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August 4, 2017

My husband is constantly losing his keys. He is always spending about fifteen minutes of his day looking for them. My friend told me to use a shower hook or carabiner. Attach the keys on the hook and put on the zipper of your backpack.

If you don't want them seen, tuck inside backpack still attached to your zipper. You will always know where your keys are. Good tip for the beach.

Car keys placed on a backpack using a shower curtain ring.
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April 4, 2011

I hook my keys to an item if I need to remember to take it with me or bring it home from work, even if it is in the refrigerator.


October 25, 2012

I have a 6-hook over-the-door-hanger on the closet door next to my front door. As soon as I come into the house, I hang my keys and purse on one of the hooks.



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April 4, 2011

Tips to help you remember your keys. Post your ideas.


Remembering Your Keys

I was locked out of my apartment when I first moved in. It now costs fifteen dollars for them to let you in. I have a plastic key holder that can fit around my wrist and I hang my keys on the door knob. A lanyard would do too. This is also a good idea if you have to remember to take something with you when you go out, hanging it on the doorknob is a great reminder.


By ThriftyFun

Remembering Your Keys

I got into the RIDICULOUS habit of putting my keys in the pocket of my trousers and jumping up and down before I leave the house. A bit obsessive - I Know! But I can hear them jangling so I know I've got them and maybe burn a few calories in the process! (02/07/2005)


By Julie

Remembering Your Keys

Although this is not a tip for remembering your keys, it is something that has helped me remember something even more important; my shopping. I occasionally help a friend by taking her shopping. We do our shopping at the same time and I used to put the perishables in her fridge while we sat down to have a morning/afternoon tea after our shopping expedition.

I was always leaving my shopping in her fridge by accident and we lived quite a way from each other. It was a pain to have to always go back to retrieve my shopping. I came up with a brilliant idea that ALWAYS works.
Of course, the only way to get home was by my car. What I do now is that when I put my shopping in the fridge, I put my keys on top or near my shopping. So when I go searching for my keys, my memory is jogged that I have put them in the fridge.


So now I go home with my cool shopping and I have never anything behind since I started using this tip.



By Beverley

Remembering Your Keys

I never wear anything but jeans, so I keep them in my back pocket. ALL the time! (02/08/2005)

By Rabbithorns

Remembering Your Keys

I have had a sturdy ethnic bell on my keyring for over 20 years. I can tell if my keys are in my purse by rattling it and listening for the bell, haven't lost them yet. (03/22/2008)

By pam munro

Remembering Your Keys

I used to have the nasty habit of leaving my keys in my front door, in my pockets or sometimes in my purse (then I'd switch bags) so I was forever searching for my keys. I screwed a hook (see pic) to the inside of my front door and started hanging them there when I walk in my door.


Also, I lucked out by finding a small, thin wallet (just big enough for my essential ids/cards) with a key chain at my local Staples store for only 50 cents. I have my house and car keys on the same chain, but I kept forgetting my drivers license. Now I have it all in one place. The wallet fits nicely in my pocket or purse (even in evening bags) and hangs on my hook when not in use. (04/06/2008)

By Gypsy Artist

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Remembering Your Keys

Keep your eye out for jingle bells at this time of year. I just took a large bell decoration (from the dollar store) that hung on my front door handle, and wound my key ring around the bell hook at the top. I may sound like a ding-a-ling on the bus, but I sure won't have trouble finding my house key. (12/31/2008)

By Derryl

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