Posted on Sep 17, 2013 in Automobiles, Find things, Home & Living, Tech & internet
What do I want to find? I want to find my car and house keys. Help!
Your keys are missing? Here’s where to find them.
First: Look in the door or the car ignition.
Second: Check your coat and/or pants pockets.
Third: Check out the bathroom. And the fridge.
No help? Sadly, that’s all we can do at the moment. But if you’re looking to keep from losing those puppies in the first place, we have a few different ideas for you.
If you don’t even need keys to get in the house, they should be that much less likely to lose, right?
You can get some very cool deadbolt locks that use numeric keypads instead of traditional metal keys. For example, there’s Schlage’s Camelot Keypad Deadbolt and Kwikset’s SmartCode Single Cylinder Deadbolt — both of which we have tried and liked. It’s also super-helpful for families with kids, so there are no keys to be forgotten or to go missing. (We also tried some biometric locks — that is, those that use fingerprint recognition — but they were more expensive and a lot more flaky.)
You can also try one of several key finder devices, which include both little dongles that you put on your keychain and a remote to trigger a beep or a chirp to help you find the missing keys. Here are four we found (but have not tried):
Click ‘n Dig! Key Finder, a wireless RF item locator with remote control
FOFA (Find One Find All) 2-way RF key finder
Orliv Smart Finder, a set of 6 wireless remote control key finders
Ez-Find, electronic locator with mini tags
There is also an even more high-tech version: The Cobra Tag, which is attached to your keyring (or purse, toothbrush — whatever you are in the habit of losing), which is then triggered by a Android or BlackBerry app. The coolest part is that this finder also works the other way around, too — tap the button on the Cobra Tag, and it will ring your smartphone.
Of course, you can also go for the low-tech methods to help you find your keys — starting with always putting your keys in the exact same place in the house or in your purse or in your front right pocket. Consider getting a key hook rack if that will make your life easier.
If none of these work, you don’t have the patience to try them or just want an emergency backup plan, keep another key handy somewhere. Hide a housekey in your car, give one to a trusted neighbor, or use one of the many handy hide a key devices.
You might need to lose your keys another few times before deciding to do something to help you stop… but that’s okay. This answer (and hopefully some other reader suggestions) will still be here. :-)
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