Lately I’ve been on the lookout for clutter hotspots – little spots in my home that tend to collect clutter.
Clutter can be sneaky, don’t you think? It creeps up on you little by little until one day you look around and there’s stuff everywhere!
Like my keys.
The last time I took a good look at my keys, they contained 15 items:
- 8 keys
- car alarm fob
- pepper spray
- a travel mirror
- house alarm fob
- 3 additional key rings
What a mess!
It was time to pare down.
This is a task that took about 3 minutes. Here’s what I did.
I only use one key regularly – my car key. I left it and the house key and moved the rest to a pouch in my purse. I added labels to the other keys so I (or someone else) can easily identify each key.
I took off the extra key rings – how did they get there anyway? They weren’t providing any benefit.
The pepper spray went into my purse. Since my purse is nicely compartmentalized, I could grab it in a second if needed (it’s good to be prepared).
The mirror went into the trash. I had actually never used it except maybe to entertain a child during a long wait at the doctor’s office. It had served it’s purpose.
I did add one thing.
A pretty keychain bought at a school event. It helps distinguish my keys from my husbands so he doesn’t accidentally take my keys instead of his.
You might think it’s a bit silly to worry about decluttering your keychain.
But I’m enjoying a slimmed down set of keys. It’s just one less piece of visual clutter I have to deal with. And I’m all about getting rid of the clutter!