5 Things to Organize on a Snow Day

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Whether you’re enjoying a snow day here on the East Coast or are somewhere with warmer weather, I thought it might be helpful to put together a list of things you can organize with a day, or even just a few hours, spent at home. Think of the following ideas as a choose your own adventure of sorts, but with each of the options resulting in a more organized and less cluttered space!

Option 1: Pantry

  • Toss anything expired
  • Make a bag of foods your family isn’t going to eat + put them in your car to donate to a local shelter or food bank
  • BONUS: Host a ‘Chopped’ competition with your significant other, kids or roommate to use up foods that are about to spoil

Option 2: Clothes Closet

  • Try everything on (or have your spouse or child do this; there may be some bribery involved if it’s not you trying the clothes on!)
  • Toss, donate, or sell anything that doesn’t fit, isn’t your style, or hasn’t been worn in the last year
  • Post anything you want to sell online (here’s a great article from The Everygirl on how to sell clothes on EBay)
  • Put back everything that remains in an organized fashion (I prefer organizing clothing in ROYGBIV order by category, with white + tan coming before those colors and gray + black coming at the end; it makes finding a white top or a black skirt a breeze!)

Option 3: Paperwork

  • Go through that pile of mail
  • Pay any bills + automate them so you will have one fewer piece of mail each month
  • Shred any papers with sensitive information (Don’t have a shredder? Put all of these papers into a bag or bin and research local stores that provide secure shredding or community shredding days in your town!)
  • Create file folders for anything new that needs to be put away
  • File everything in its place!

Option 4: Books

  • Go through book by book
  • Ask the following questions:
    • Have you read it?
      • If yes: will you read it again? When?
      • If no: will you ever? When? (for both of these, if the answer isn’t very specific (i.e. next month for book club), it’s time to let it go!)
    • Is there someone else who could make better use of it?
    • Is it available electronically?
  • For all books you’re getting rid of, decide whether to donate, sell, toss (if they’re moldy or mildewed) or recycle (best for old editions of textbooks, since most donation centers don’t accept them)

Option 5: Linens

  • Take everything out of the closet/cabinet
  • Sort like with like by the place they’re used (i.e. twin sheets for Jane’s room, twin sheets for Noah’s room, queen sheets for guest room, hand towels for powder room)
  • Create the following categories for items:
    • Keep
    • Donate (in good condition)
    • Donate (in poor condition; these are often great for local animal shelters!)
    • Rags (I’ll use old towels or cut-up fabric to clean our home)
    • Toss
  • For each space, think critically about how many items you actually need for each space.
    • Don’t host guests often? You can probably get away with having just one set of sheets + two sets of towels (depending on the amount of space you have). If you have more people, you can always give them extra towels used by you or your kids!
    • For main living spaces, I think it’s perfect to have one to two sets of sheets (two for kids or if you have seasonal weights like flannel for winter), one to two sets of towels per person, and a few extra blankets that can be used when it’s chilly (we usually just grab the throw blankets from our living room when it’s particularly cold!).
  • Refold everything you’re keeping neatly, keeping like with like
  • If you can, keep these items where they’re used so they’re easier to find + access (i.e. extra towels in the bathroom, kid’s sheets in their bedrooms)
  • Label items accordingly so you won’t have to guess what’s what in the future

The best part about all of these? They’re totally scalable! Organize your entire pantry or just one shelf. Go through all of the clothes closets in your home, or just stick to one. Go through the pile of books on your bedside table, or your entire library.

I’d love to hear: what are your plans to get more organized (snow day or not!)?

 

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Now Offering Virtual Organizing

IMG_6750I’m so excited to share something that has been on my heart + in my head for quite awhile now. Ever since Honey Hive Home started, I’ve sincerely wanted to help as many people remove stress + anxiety from their lives by helping them clear the clutter and get organized. Since many people are limited by location or time/budgetary constraints, I wanted to create a way to help as many folks as possible.

We will now be offering virtual organizing! Visit our website for the full rundown, but here are the details.

Who It’s For

    • Folks who have the energy + enthusiasm to organize a space in their home or office, but aren’t sure where to start
    • If you’re interested in working with us, but want to test the waters before committing more fully
    • Anyone located in the United States
    • People with internet access (must have Skype or FaceTime)

What You’ll Get

    • 60-minute Skype or FaceTime (your preference) conversation with a professional organizer
    • Step-by-step customized game plan to organize your space going forward
    • Detailed suggestions for products to help you get organized (as needed)

 Cost

    • $70 + 4% processing fee
    • Payment will be collected prior to virtual organizing session via PayPal invoice

Bonus!

Since this is a new service we’re launching, here’s a special offer: request to book a virtual organizing session by Monday, March 2, 2015 and receive $20 off! Interested? Contact us today! I’d also love to hear your thoughts about this new service and anything else you’d like to see us offer in the future.

How + Why I Use a Purse Organizer

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I’m a firm believer that the best way to get and stay organized is to simply have fewer things. However, I also think that some thoughtful organizing products can make a big difference in how we function! One product I’ve been loving for the past few months has been this in.bag handbag organizer that I picked up at The Container Store.

I like to pretend that I’m not a bit high maintenance, but I had been getting frustrated at how cumbersome it was to transfer my belongings when I wanted to switch purses. I love being prepared for things I’ll likely need when on the go, and enjoy being able to add a helping hand in the form of gum, ibuprofen or a hair elastic when someone’s in need. This is also really picky (like I said, high maintenance), but I didn’t like that my belongings were in a different spot depending on which purse I carried.

When I was doing some perusing at The Container Store before the holidays (#professionalorganizerproblems) and came across this handbag organizer, I figured I would give it a try! So far I’ve really loved it for the following reasons:

  • Having all of my belongings in set places, regardless of purse
  • The number of pockets + sections it has, allowing me to have a place for everything
  • Being able to create sections within my purse, since the organizer also acts as a divider
  • Using the snaps + zippers on the sides to keep the footprint of the organizer compact, so it doesn’t take up too much space
  • Adorable polka dots + stripes – I’m a sucker for form + function

Here’s what I keep in it on a regular basis:

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Clockwise from top left: headphones (kept neat with this cable turtle), pen, hair ties, nail clippers + the best bobby pins; lens wipes (great for glasses, phones + laptop screens) + roller ball perfume; ibuprofen, eye drops, antacids + blister bandaids; business cards in a handy carrying case; breath fresheners + lip gloss; hand lotion + my favorite hand sanitizer; hairbrush, minimergency kit + EpiPen (silly food allergies!)

With all of these things, there are still a few items I keep separated from the handbag organizer for easy access: my wallet, glasses case, cell phone and chap stick. The first two are kept in the main compartment of my purse right next to the organizer, and the latter are in the zippered pocket of the purse, along with car keys if I have them.

I love being able to switch from one purse to another easily, blindly find whatever I need in my purse, and know that I have pretty much anything I could need with me at any given time. It’s also great to easily identify what doesn’t belong, like a wayward receipt or something I picked up while running errands.

I’d love to hear: how do you keep your purse organized? What other organizing products are you loving lately?

Tuesday Ten: Get to Know Professional Organizer Perri Kersh

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I am so excited to introduce a new series to the blog! My plan is, at least monthly, to introduce you to a professional organizer who will share interesting information + helpful tips, all via their responses to 10 questions. First up is a dear friend + mentor of mine who is also based here in Chapel Hill, the fantastic Perri Kersh.

Honey Hive Home: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Perri: I live in Chapel Hill, NC with my husband Carter and our 14 and 11 year old children. I’ve had my organizing business, Neat Freak Professional Organizing, for 10 years, but truth be told, I’ve been organizing my entire life. When I was 3 years old, my imaginary friend was a tie organizer named “Wrinkles,” and my senior superlative in High School was Neatest. I am truly doing the work I was born to do.

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Top three words to describe yourself.
Generous, Funny and Speedy.

What do you love most about being an organizer?
I love that people feel better after we’ve worked together. Clutter causes a lot of stress and anxiety, and for many clients, they just don’t know where to get started. I like to bring in a framework of productivity, help facilitate decision making and help them start and finish a project. By the time we’re wrapping up a session, most people feel happy—and I love that!

What do you find to be the most challenging?
It can be challenging when people aren’t ready to change. It’s not my job to force my clients to get rid of stuff or to live their lives differently. And not everyone is ready, even though they thought they were when they hired me. It’s challenging to see the potential for organization but the client just isn’t quite there yet. But hopefully they’ll call me back when they are!

What advice do you have for a new professional organizer?
Just get started! Many people spend a year or more “starting their business” but they don’t start seeing clients. While there are some amazing educational opportunities for new organizers and plenty can be gained from networking and marketing your business, it’s important to put yourself out there and start working hands-on with people. Even if you work for cheap in the beginning (but never do it for free!), you’re gaining that hands-on experience we all need to be better organizers.

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What about for someone thinking about hiring an organizer?
Recognize that organizers do more than just make things look good. They are there to coach you on productivity, time management, and help teach you how to organize on your own. Making things look good is helpful, but learning how to get AND stay organized is what will make the experience of working with an organizer last.

What are your must-have products when organizing?
I carry around a lot of tools with me, but the tool I use most often are garbage bags! Not only for trash, but also for donations or items to sell or consign. I encourage my clients to embrace a “less is more” attitude and to recognize that having less stuff to take care of and to work around in a home or office makes life easier.

What’s a favorite space you’ve organized?
One of my favorite spaces to organize in any home (including my own!) is the pantry. Not only does an organized pantry make your life easier—you can see what you have, avoid buying duplicates or having to throw things out, and you can save money!—but it also symbolizes family time together. Cooking and eating meals together is so important and is practically a lost art. Anything I can do to help a family sit down together, even if only once a week, makes me feel like my work matters.

What do you love most about where you live?
Our home is in the middle of a town that we love and we’re up in the woods—we have the best of both worlds. We’re also situated on a hill so we’re literally up in the trees. Having lots of natural light in our house is so awesome—and it actually helps me stay organized! I don’t want a lot of clutter sitting around to catch dust since the light allows you to see every speck! I also love that our house is lived in—having two kids, two cats, and a not so neat husband means our house is not perfect. And it shouldn’t be! Everyone should live and love in their house and keep it organized just enough to let them function on a day to day basis.

Please share your #1 tip for someone looking to get organized.
Figure out what matters most to you and focus on that. Only keep and do things that bring you joy, cause you to laugh, create a feeling of warmth and make you feel like a rock star.

Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Perri! I found myself nodding along through everything, particularly in your last point about keeping a home organized enough to function well on a daily basis. I hope that this makes the process of organizing seem at least a bit less daunting for folks looking to get started!

I’d also love to hear from folks in the comments: what do you think of this new series? If you’re a fellow professional organizer and would like to be featured in the future, please let me know!

Home photos by Kathleen Hunter; head shot by Tommy White; all photos provided by Perri Kersh.

Tuesday Ten is a series here on the Honey Hive Home blog. Each time, we’ll meet a professional organizer who will share interesting information + helpful tips, all via their responses to 10 questions.

Organizing My Whole 30 Food Plan

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As I’ve mentioned several times on Instagram over the past few weeks, Kate and I decided to try the Whole 30 food program over the past month. For those of you not familiar, this basically meant lots of produce, lean proteins and healthy fats. It also meant being asked more than once by grocery store clerks if I was “cooking for a crowd.” Nope, just our family of two! With our food choices relatively limited, I also had to put my organizing skills to good use to make sure we always had plan-approved meals at the ready, even when our schedules got busy.

Overall it was a difficult but worthwhile experience! I felt abundant energy, slept really well, and lost nearly 20 pounds(!). I also had some crazy cravings and points where I just couldn’t really stomach any. more. meat. Since our 30 days just wrapped up on Tuesday, Kate suggested that I share a bit about the experience, and I thought I would add in some tips that helped keep us organized during the month.

Things I Learned from Whole 30

  • I can do hard things
    • This has been my unofficial mantra so far this year! It has been really motivating to push my limits and  see that I can successfully do things outside of my comfort zone. Foregoing sugar, most carbs and gluten for a month? Definitely not easy, but super empowering!
  • Willpower is a muscle that you can flex
    • For me, these whole 30 days were a huge exercise in willpower. It made me realize how frequently I’d been stopping by Starbucks or grabbing chips + guac just because I could. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that not being able to do those things any more really challenged my willpower. This was such a valuable awareness for me to being building, and has caused me to shift my thinking about needs versus wants in this arena moving forward.
  • Food is fuel
    • This seems a bit trite to say, but I’d never really applied this phrase to my own relationship with food. Food instead was a comfort, pleasure, source of energy, or way to bond with others. I won’t lie and say that I’m totally perfect (because, hello, this was 30 days over the course of over 27 years!), but I’m starting to see how food really impacts my mood, energy, sleep and more. While food can sometimes be the things I listed above, I feel a lot better when I’m using it to fuel my body.
  • Spices can make a huge difference
    • Cooking foods that were well-seasoned really made a huge difference! We bought a ton of spices and always enjoyed meals more when they were prominently featured. There were so many times when fresh basil, garlic powder, or cumin really made all the difference in terms of how it tasted. This is definitely something we want to continue moving forward!
  • Sugar is sneaky
    • As we are currently reintroducing foods that we had eliminated over the past 30 days, yesterday was the first time I had my favorite soy latte from Starbucks (pictured above). I would normally get some sort of flavored syrup added, but thought I would try a few sips before adding any additional sweetener. I was amazed at how much my palate had changed in just 30 days! The plain latte (with soy milk that is surely already sweetened) was nearly too sweet by itself. I can’t believe how much sugar I previously thought I “needed” in order to find coffee drinks appetizing. This realization definitely makes me want to

How We Stayed Organized During Our Whole 30

  • Re-learn your grocery store
    • As the one who does meal planning + grocery shopping in our household, I thought I knew my favorite grocery stores well. I knew what times to go to avoid crazy crowds, where my regular products were located, and how to organize my grocery list in order of store layout. However, when it came to buying foods that fell within the Whole 30 plan guidelines, I was fairly clueless. For my first shopping trip to prepare for Whole 30, I enlisted Kate and blocked out plenty of time on our calendars so that we wouldn’t feel rushed. We took things slowly, allowing for lots of asking sales associates where items were located and using our phones to Google random added ingredients, like “citric acid + Whole 30,” to see whether they were permitted.
    • This was so helpful! It really allowed me to familiarize myself with the program and products that were going to work well for us in the coming weeks. I would highly recommend going to the store at a time when it won’t be crowded so you won’t feel (more) overwhelmed or rushed.
  • Look at your calendar
    • When I sit down to meal plan for the week ahead, I make sure to look over our calendar to see what events we have that might take us outside of the home for a meal. Although you can eat out during Whole 30, I honestly found the prospect pretty stressful, so I opted to eat before or after events that took place in the evenings. For things like the Super Bowl, Kate and I brainstormed things we would like to have that would fit in with this food plan and made sure we would have time to make them ahead of time to bring along.
    • It was also crucial to carve out time to cook within our schedules. Utilizing our calendars meant that we could plan when to make the bulk of our meals for the week, and also to figure out what evenings we wouldn’t be home during the week, so we could be sure to have something already prepared to eat.
  • Meal plan
    • I use the meal planning worksheets from Emily Ley’s Home Base Binder and highly recommend them, but really any meal planning sheet you use is just fine. My binder sits on a shelf right next to my desk, so when it’s time to meal plan, I can just pull it out and get to work!
    • I will share a more in-depth post on meal planning in the future if you’d like (let me know!), but here’s my basic process: I meal plan and grocery shop on Fridays so that we’ll have meals from Friday dinner through lunch the following Friday. This way we’ll have some new and exciting meals for the weekend, which keeps me from being as tempted to eat out! For Whole 30, I went to two grocery stores each week: Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. They are actually the two grocery stores that are closest to where we currently live (#spoiled) and have a fantastic selection. I was able to get most items we needed each week at Trader Joe’s, with a few specialty items and cuts of meat from Whole Foods.
    • Pinterest has been such a huge God-send in my Whole 30 meal planning process! I created a board of Whole 30-friendly recipes and would pull it up each week to decide what we’d be eating. Any time I came across a recipe that sounded tasty, I could add it here and have everything in one central location. I really can’t emphasize enough what a huge help this was to keep me on track during the Whole 30 plan.
  • Stash freezer meals
    • Although the predicted serving amounts of the recipes we made were usually accurate, sometimes we ended up with more food than we had anticipated. Whenever this happened, I would put the extra servings in the freezer. I’d then add a note on a post-it into my meal planning binder to remind myself of what we had set aside (i.e. 2 servings butternut squash lasagna; 6 turkey burgers). These meals were great to fill into times when we would be busy but needing to eat, like when Kate was doing trivia with friends and I had a Junior League meeting.

Goodness, this post has shaped up to be a bit longer than I had originally intended! Right now we’re in the process of reintroducing foods into our diets that we had eliminated to see if any cause adverse reactions. Based on this, Kate and I are planning to figure out a way of eating that works for us moving forward. But I’d love to hear in the meantime: have you done Whole 30 or paleo before? Either way, what are some of your favorite ways to stay organized when it comes to meal planning?

How Do I Organize… Business Cards?

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Even though many things are done electronically these days, I still get the question of what you should do with business cards. I love handing out my business cards at events and frequently collect them from folks I meet so that we can connect afterward. If you aren’t careful though, they can quickly take over your work space! This is particularly true if you don’t have some sort of database to store contacts, but even if you do, it can be difficult to make the time to do this on a regular basis.

Here are some ideas of ways to store business cards to keep them organized:

  • Enter the information into a database and then recycle them
    • Schedule 15 minutes on your calendar to do this every week (or once a month!) so that you won’t have a backlog
  • Scan the cards into your system and recycle them
  • Hole punch and store on a binder ring (as pictured above) or ribbon
  • Enter into your phone contacts and take a photo of the card as the image for the contact

Any other suggestions I should hear? I’d love to know how you manage your business cards!

January + February Goals

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As I mentioned in last week’s post, I’ve combined my goals so that they will span the remainder of January through the end of February. I’m really excited to make progress on these items by working hard and resting well.

  • Set a household budget + use cash for allotted categories
  • Book campsites for our road trip
  • Contact friends + family with whom we’d like to stay on our road trip
  • Research airbnb options for the rest of our trip
  • Meet with two small business owners to connect
  • Read one organizing book
  • Research + start book on finding clients
  • Create calendar for blog + start posting regularly
  • Only purchase clothing to replace ones that no longer fit
  • Complete Whole30 + decide on food plan going forward
  • Plan two group events with friends
  • Finish scanning family memorabilia

Alongside these, I have several weekly goals:

  • Meal plan + grocery shop
  • Have one tv-free night per week with Kate
  • Exercise a majority of days
  • Attend church and/or Bible study
  • Exercise 1x/week with a friend
  • Call my mom
  • Spend at least 30 minutes scanning

I hope that focusing time and attention on these goals will help me make progress on the things that matter most. Now your turn! Dish: what are your goals for this month?

Road Tripping

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One exciting thing I wanted to share is that Kate and I are planning to take a rather big road trip this summer. Our plan is to be gone for two and a half months and to cover over 11,000 miles (!!!). We could not be more excited about this! I’m excited to share more about organization + road trip planning with y’all in the coming weeks and months, as well as to get recommendations for things to do in the destinations on our itinerary.

This is one of the things I love about having a more pared-down life: we’re able to pick up and take a trip like this one. While we aren’t minimalist by any means, I’m really excited that having less means being able to do more cool stuff.

Answers to a few basic questions we’ve been getting:

  • Why a road trip?
    • Mainly because this seems to be the most economical way to see a huge portion of the country. We also really love driving and being on the open road. Kate teaches, so her summers are free, and I have the ability to set my own schedule. We already had a week-long family trip in Oregon planned for July and we thought it would be more fun to drive out there and make stops along the way.
  • Why so long?
    • Well, this really allows us to visit a lot of amazing places during our trip, and to stay for more than just one night in a lot of locations. We will also be able to take a vacation and visit lots of family + friends along the way. I’m excited to share our itinerary soon!
  • Where will you stay?
    • Our plan is to primarily stay with family + friends along the way. The rest of the time will be a mix of camping (both drive-up car camping sites + backpacking) and airbnb rentals.
  • What about your home?
    • We are currently renting and our lease is up at the end of May. Without going into too many details, it will cost us about the same amount to put our belongings in storage and travel as it would to pay rent and utilities for these months. We’re planning to find another rental to start in September.
  • What about an income?
    • I mentioned Kate’s job, but as far as my business, I’m hoping to take on a few clients during our travels. Once I share our itinerary, let me know if you’re interested! Aside from this, I’m just going to focus on working as much as I can this spring to add to our savings for the summer.

I’d love to know: have you ever taken a cross-country road trip? Any suggestions or tips you can share would be greatly appreciated!

2015 Goals

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I know that we’re a few weeks into 2015 already, but I’ve felt like I just needed a bit more time to figure out a plan for the year ahead. I’ve been using my friend Lara Casey’s PowerSheets, and they have been such a tremendous help in this process, as well as her book and blog posts on goal setting. This has also been the first year that I’ve really spent time asking God what He wants me to tackle in the year ahead, and how I can best bring glory to Him. This week we had a guest pastor at church, and his sermon was about this exact topic, which made me even more fired up to make what I’ve outlined below happen!

2015 Goals

  • Have a strong relationship with God + feel strengthened in my knowledge of Him and His plan for my life.
  • Be physically fit + vibrantly healthy so that I can actively + energetically use this gift of life God has given me.
  • Nourish my body well and give it the fuel + rest it needs to function at its best, keeping my cravings focused on God, not food.
  • Spend purposeful + intentional time together with Kate to keep our marriage a top priority even when things get busy or stressful.
  • Put time, energy + effort into securing clients to build my business.
  • Ensure that all of my actions + activities related to Honey Hive Home are thoughtful + accurately portray who I am as a person + business owner.
  • Act as a good steward of the blessings with which God has entrusted us, setting + adhering to a budget, caring for what we have, coveting less and giving well.
  • Be disciplined in my daily routine, making time for what matters + honoring the boundaries I want to implement.
  • Build + grow deep friendships focused on encouragement, support + fun.
  • Actively pursue adventure + say ‘yes’ to trying new things outside my comfort zone.

Honestly, I’m resisting the urge to share paragraph-long explanations and justifications about each of these, so just know that these goals come from my heart. My word for 2015 that I want to focus on is discipline, and I really want to bring this to all areas of my life, while still having fun.

I actually took a break from sharing my monthly goals last year, because I didn’t feel like they were really connecting most with my overall plans, but I would now like to share what I’m focused on each month for a mix of accountability and inspiration. I’m hoping that’s something you won’t mind me posting! Since I finalized my goals last week, I decided to combine the months of January + February for my monthly goal setting, so my plan is to share those next week.

I’d love to hear: what are your goals for this year? Do you have a word picked out? Or do you refrain from goal setting altogether?

How Do I Organize… Keys?

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One thing that seem to be floating around in almost any home I organize are keys! As people move, change jobs, buy and sell household goods, keys seem to accumulate and be tossed into random bins and drawers. Here are a few quick tips to help get them streamlined and organized.

  • Toss
    • First, gather up all of the keys that you can find. Test them out where you think they might work. If you find ones that are to old locks (i.e. you’ve had the locks changed) or to vehicles that were totaled or sold for scrap parts, go ahead and toss them. They don’t have a function and are just taking up space!
  • Return
    • If you find keys to old offices, to homes of friends or relatives that you no longer need, or to an item that you gave to someone you know, go ahead and send it their way. This will make their lives easier and yours, too.
  • Donate
    • For locks that come with keys that are no longer needed, go ahead and donate them. Perhaps you had a storage locker where a lock was required, and you no longer use it. Donate the lock + key so that someone else can use it. This is the same for combination locks. Just make sure that you include the combination!
  • Label
    • With the remaining keys that you’re keeping, label them! I’m a big fan of these key tags from Avery, since they are durable and easy to use, but you can use whatever you’d like. Clearly label all of the keys, from spare ones to your home and car, to the one for your bike lock, so that you will easily be able to identify them going forward.
  • Store
    • There are so many ways to store your remaining keys, but here are my two biggest tips:
      • Only keep the keys you use every day in your key bowl or on your key rack or console table. Store the rest in a place that is accessible but out of the way. This will make things feel much more streamlined and also help you to find your everyday keys more easily!
      • Use a binder clip to keep the rest of your keys organized. We use a large binder clip to store all of our spare keys. You can easily pop off the metal arm, slide keys on or off, and then reattach it. This way if you quickly need to get a spare key, you can grab the binder clip holder and go!

What about you? How are you keeping your keys organized? I’d love to hear! Also, please let me know if you have any other trouble items that you’d like tips on how to organize.