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  • Stick a hook above your deadbolt. Then you can hang things from it like keys or bundles of outgoing mail in a binder clip (see above). [An example photo]. That way you can't forget it when you leave in the morning. - CM 24 Mar 05
    • Stick Post-it notes on the door (or on metallic doors, use a refrigerator magnet) for action reminders or reminders of physical objects that you should take with you (e.g. "return hammer to steve")
  • Get a big box and put it near your door so you can dump your keys and wallet in it when you get home. I use a clementine box. Never lose your keys again! [An example photo]. - CM 24 Mar 05
    • Perhaps not keys: you may have an issue with bambooing - people lifting your keys from outside with a long stick. I promise I'm not making this up. --RB 15:06, 25 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • Plug your phone charger nearby and binder clip the end to the box so you can charge your phone too, making it ready to go! --JohnGraham 17:33, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • Right next to the box that I empty everything into when I get home is a coin jar for pennies, nickels and dimes. I find that quarters accumulate rather quickly, so I keep $2.50 stacks of them (10 quarters) right next to the jar. If I ever need five bucks, but don't have any bills, I grab two stacks. My coin jar doesn't fill up as quickly, but I don't feel as bad at the end of the week when I have four new stacks and otherwise can't figure out where ten dollars disappeared to... --jagtrev 00:35, 8 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • In my box, I also have an index card with "DON'T FORGET!" written across the top. Whenever I have something that won't fit in the box or in my bag, I set it aside, write a note on the index card and but the index card on top of the box. If I don't have anything I need to remember, I turn the card upside and place it on the bottom. --jagtrev 00:35, 8 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • Rather than have my keys by the door and risk getting bambooed, I put my keys on top of things that I must remember to take with me in the morning. This also works well when I need to remember to take something home with me. --Jbodoni 00:33, 18 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • similar but different... i put anything i absolutely need to take with me on top of my shoes. can't really forget your shoes in the morning, and when you go to look for them, "hey! i have to take this book today!" --samkusnetz 13:43, 29 april 2005 (EDT)
    • When we bought our house it came with the cleverest little box I've seen. It's a switchplate for the front door light, and built right into the switchplate is a little box for keys. It currently holds two complete sets of keys plus a couple of spares. --Edward Vielmetti

[edit] Avoid Being Locked Out

  • always close the door with your keys in hand-- if you do not have your keys in your hand as you reach for the doorknob, you need to find them before you pull that door closed. [Patting your pockets and detecting your "keys" by feel does not count, especially if you have "detachable" keychains for home/car key sets.] --Sjanes71 19:53, 7 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • Locksmiths and many police departments recommend having locks that you must lock and unlock with a key. Fire departments say you should put an emergency key somewhere that company will see it. This will also make it impossible to lock yourself out.
    • Best way to go about this is to disable any sort of automatic lock on your door. The door shouldn't be locked unless you locked it yourself with the key. Pretty well guarantees that you had you keys with you when you left the house (even if they're not handy when you get home). --J.T. Boofle 23:35, 7 Apr 2005 (EDT)
      • I think that a "loaded gun" analogy may work here even if you disabled the automatic lock-- when you have mulitple people around your house, some who might be unfamiliar with your door's locking mechanism, you still need to assume that the door may be locked. One other problem with constantly locking it with your keys from the outside is your lock and keys will wear out much faster. --Sjanes71 08:33, 23 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • I've always lived in houses and neighborhoods where it was reasonable to hide a key somewhere un-obvious but close by in the yard, e.g. on a dark hook in the garage, under a fake rock, that sort of thing. Calibrate the utility of this hack to your own environs. --Edward Vielmetti 30 Apr 2005
      • Prevent Burgularies: never, ever, ever put a spare key in a fake rock, under the welcome mat, over the door, or in between the screen door and the regular door, and especially don't do this on a regular basis. Better to come up with something totally original and unheard of - burgulars know all the common places just as well as you do. Be creative!
      • If you trust your neighbors, you can put your key under thier welcome mats and let them put their keys under yours. You'll have ready access if you're locked out and someone who's trying to break in probably won't try taking a found key down the block to try it at other houses. --J.T. Boofle 16:16, 30 May 2005 (EDT)
  • Give a copy of your key to a couple of your closest friends so that in the event of a lockout, one of them can let you in. (If you didn't trust them with your keys, they wouldn't be your friends, right?)-- J.T. Boofle 16:16, 30 May 2005 (EDT)
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