Key hooks that are built into small message boards are perfect for creating a communication hub for the whole family, as well as keeping keys organized and easy to find.
(PRWEB) June 24, 2014
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The more sets of keys a family has, the more important it is to have a single, dedicated place to keep them. Lots of people, and specifically lots of shared cars, make miscommunications a real danger, and getting stuck with keys to the wrong car – or, worse, being unable to find a set of keys when they’re needed – can really be a disaster. HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to choosing a simple tray, dish, hook, or even a small cabinet to keep all those keys organized and accessible to everyone in the family.
To get the whole family on board with leaving their keys in one place, it’s important to choose a spot that’s both obvious and specific. Leaving keys on the table by the most oft-used entrance (whether it’s the front door, garage, or mudroom) is an obvious choice, but if that table gets used for anything else, leaving the keys out loose probably isn’t a good idea. At the very least, there should be some kind of simple container to put the keys in or on so they don’t get lost in plain sight, or buried under winter gear or junk mail.
It also helps to choose a dish, tray, or bowl that’s big enough to spread the keys out a little. A big, mixed grab-bag of keys will work if everyone in the family has a distinctive key chain, but a long, narrow tray definitely makes it easier to find a particular set of keys at a glance.
One of the very best ways to keep individual keys organized is to hang a few small key hooks on the wall. These can be basic, cutesy, personalized, traditional, or even built into a coat rack, and give every member of the family a hook for their set of keys. Hooks keep keys better sorted and very easy to find, so while it might take a few extra seconds to hang keys up rather than tossing them in a dish, it might be worthwhile for a family that does a lot of car swapping.
Key hooks that are built into small message boards can be particularly useful. If the whole family is in the routine of hanging up their keys, that means everyone will at least spare a glance eat any messages written on the board every time they come home or go out. That makes it a perfect communication hub for important reminders and messages, or even distributing mail if the board has built in clips or mail organizer.
For families with a lot of shared keys beyond the obvious car keys – like keys to a community pool, laundry room, or clubhouse, or a furnace room, garage, shed, or ride on lawnmower – it can be worth going the extra mile and actually mounting a small key cabinet on the wall near the front door. These provide a lot more key hooks in relatively little space, and close up to keep them concealed. This option is probably overkill for most families, but can be a lifesaver for those in gated communities, large housing associations, or condos with lots of locked public buildings.
To keep keys a bit more concealed, consider putting them in a small decorative box instead. These have the same problems as big bowls or round dishes in that keys can tend to get mixed up, and they’ll only keep keys hidden if the family remembers to keep the lid on the box, but are a bit more discreet than open trays or wall hooks.
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