Keys are the tiny bits of metal that stand between your home and potential burglars. Therefore, it’s extremely important to know where your keys are at all times. If you forget where your keys are or misplace them, you might have to figure out a different method of locking your home when you’re out and about.

With that in mind, homeowners often ask themselves a simple, but incredibly vital question: where should they keep their keys? What will be the ideal everyday spot for them to be on so that you can pick them up easily? In this article, I will go over some of the best options for everyday key-keeping.

Some Things to Consider Before You Decide

It might not surprise you to hear that you’re not the only person who can misplace their keys, even in their own home. The reasons behind people doing that can vary greatly, but one of the most common explanations has to do with poor key spot choices. After all, the key can be in the most exposed spot in your home, in plain sight, almost staring into your face, and you might still miss it. So, before you choose the spot to keep your house keys, here are a few details you might want to go over first.

Your Key Reaching Habits

Where are you keeping your keys right now, while you’re reading this article? Are they strewn about on the cupboard in your hallway? Are they neatly arranged in a key organizer and placed in a bowl somewhere? Maybe you have them stashed away in a shoe or a shoebox, or an old shoe polish box even?

If your habit is to place a key on a flat surface, you might think about bowls or boxes. It might be a bad idea to go for a hook if you don’t instinctively reach for it already. Of course, the same applies in reverse: if you prefer hanging your keys on the wall, you shouldn’t get a key bowl.

Your Children and/or Pets

Children might reach for the keys and play with them, since they are shiny, jangly metal objects. Alternatively, some young kids learn quickly by observing adults. Your 4-year-old can easily put the key in the keyhole, turn it, and be on the way to the glorious outdoors. With that in mind, the keys should definitely be out of their reach.

While pets might not exactly use keys, they can still knock them down, stash them away somewhere, or even try to swallow them and hurt themselves. If possible, make your key spot as difficult to access for your pooch or kitty as possible.

Overall Security

The spot you pick might make it easy for you to remember where the keys are. However, if it happens to be too exposed and easy to see, others will remember it too. With that in mind, make sure to pick a spot that’s unconventional and that visitors to your home won’t notice. In addition, it’s also a good idea to regularly shift your key spots, just to be on the safe side.

A Touch of Class

Having a regular keyholder is neat and all, but the bland design might put some people off. Instead, try a spot that has a bit of flair to it. You can choose something simple yet unique, or even something that can cover a lot more than just key-holding.

Best Places to Keep Your Keys at Home

Now that you’ve figured out your key-keeping habits, you can start considering your options for the best spot. With that in mind, here’s a handy little list of places around the house you ought to consider.

Key Bowls

Any kind of bowl can serve as a key bowl, but as I stated earlier, you can always go with a touch of class. In fact, some bowl ideas are more ornate and original than others, and you can even get a combination of a typical key holder and a bowl.

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Key Holders

Are you the type of person to hang your keys on a wall? If so, you can opt for one of many different key holder options out there. It’s not uncommon to find a simple, elegant combination of a key holder and a shelf. Though admittedly, sometimes the shelves can take up more space than the hooks, which allows for some fun and practical solutions.

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Key Hooks

The main difference between a key holder and key hooks is that you can buy hooks in bulk and place them anywhere. In other words, you can pick out the best key spot anywhere around your home. All you need is a single hook and your imagination.

For example, you can place the hooks on the inside of a cabinet or behind a wardrobe. That way, you can keep the keys out of view but visible enough for you to reach. On top of that, you can hang other items on these hooks, such as towels and clothing.

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Magnetic Bars

This might sound odd, but you can use a simple magnetic knife bar to store your keys. These bars are easy to install and take up little room. In addition, if anyone wants to yank the keys away in a hurry, they will have a hard time doing so because of the magnetic force from the bar. Some people even go a step further and actually keep their house keys in the kitchen, right next to the knives.

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Tiny Drawers

Hiding away the keys in shoeboxes and Tupperware is always an option. However, that might make it a bit difficult to find your keys quickly if you need them.

So, if you want to stash them away inside of something without misplacing them, you can always get a shelf with a tiny drawer. These drawers are perfect for storing small items like notes and flashlights, so they can be the ideal out-of-sight spot for your house keys.

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Flower Pots

Another decent option is to buy an indoor flower pot with a secret compartment. Lots of people hide their keys in flower pots outside, which is quite risky. After all, those are the potential hiding spots most burglars go through first. However, keeping a flower pot indoors and hiding your everyday keys there is uncommon, and it might just be the spot you were looking for.

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A Key Cabinet

Finally, you might want to consider a key cabinet with a security code. Of course, most of these cabinets come with tens of key spots. Obviously, you will not have 20 or more keys to safeguard. However, you can still use the cabinet to store other valuable items or tools.

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Final Thoughts

As a homeowner, you have to know where your keys are at all times, both when you’re out and when you’re relaxing at home. By finding that right place, the chances of you losing or misplacing the keys will go down greatly. And if you pick the right key spot design for holders, bowls, or hooks, you can add an extra level of elegance and appeal to your home.

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