I have one set of keys. Car, remote car starter, house and mailbox on two key chains hooked together.  That’s it. I like to hang them up at the door so I will remember to never leave home without them.

All the rest of the keys and other hanging things belong to W. Except for my spare set of car keys, but he uses them and I never do, so they don’t count as being mine.

This is what our mess of keys looked like before I got all ambitious this weekend and made new key holders.

The bottom board is something I put together years ago when I first started painting. It is made from a drawer front, weighs a ton, and was hung up on one center nail. If you didn’t hang your keys just right it went off-balance and either hung crookedly or fell off the wall. Once it went down the basement steps. Funny how you put up with annoying things for a ridiculously long time and then one day just decide to do something about them.

My daughter has offered to paint our house interior, and although I was contemplating updating the guest room/library first, now I think we should start with the back door entrance.  Taking these three junky things off the wall was a start.  Putting up NEW junky things will probably get me in trouble.

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W thinks it’s funny that there are so many hooks.  So I asked him to identify all the important hanging things we’ve been looking at every day for a dog’s age if not longer.  We have handcuff keys!  No handcuffs anywhere, but we are prepared if they suddenly turn up.  He used to be a wildlife enforcement officer, in case you’re thinking the handcuff thing might have a slightly more kinky explanation.  There are several key chains with no keys on them, keys we believe might be for one of the filing cabinets, some which could be for padlocks, and several about which we do not have a flying clue.

One of these key holders will go in our garage sale, probably with miscellaneous mystery keys included. I only did the second one because the first one didn’t have room for everything.  Keys are like plastic containers with no lids, or lids that don’t fit on anything.  The day after you throw them out you discover you need them for something.

So they get to hang there for a while and I will tackle another junk corner somewhere else. In other exciting news, our dishwasher door has a broken spring and falls like a lead weight if we let it go, so we went searching for the appliance book to see if parts are still available for it and threw out a dozen booklets for things we no longer have.  The dishwasher is 18 years old!  Today is my son’s birthday and he is 40!  Reverse those two statements in order of importance.

My point is, what is the point?  Okay, I admit I don’t really have a point today.  Except maybe to advise you to take stock of all your keys.  Make the mystery ones into a decorative wall hanging.  Give your grown children something to roll their eyes at.  Then if anyone wants to know how you spent your weekend you can make them sorry they asked.

17 thoughts on “Keys

  1. Keys were a part of my recent pantry clean-out and we had many of the same oddball, no-match to anything ones that you mention. It feels great to not be alone in this collecting crap thing…

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  2. Dozens of keys here that I am afraid to throw out, in case they are the magic one we need to open some of the unlocked doors here…it doesn’t make sense. And yet, they still hang. I like your artistic approach.


  3. Another delightful post that we can all relate to very well. And yes, I did wonder about the handcuff keys!
    And you’re right, it’s weird that we ignore inconvenient and illogical things forever and then suddenly are motivated to fix them. I guess it’s an “everything has a time, not just a place.”

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  4. One day, no one will have key racks (nor even a wimpy key basket above the kitchen sink on one nail –which has made for some entertainment if not any new swear words) because there will be no such thing as un-remote metal keys. Enjoy them while you can. (W did not pay me to say that.)

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  5. I like your new key holders! Very creative! It is funny how we keep things that we no longer use. I have a household of these items… My problem is remembering the padlock combinations. Every now and then I join a gym thinking I will change my habits and enjoy “working out,” and so I find a padlock in the drawer but have no clue of the combo. Maybe some day I will learn. lol! 🙂

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  6. Once in awhile I actually look through the junk drawers (yes, more than one) and the things I find in there hahaha… I used to take old keys and make wind chimes with them. Well, you did have a productive weekend after all! 🙂

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  7. I daresay I do not own a key….. LOL! Fob to start car, automatic garage door opener or keypad code to get into house, fob for office….. No more keys. Wow – I sound so techy and modern – hahaha!

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