When you’re busy, stressed or depressed, you end up doing things in an absent-minded way. Because you’re always preoccupied, you end up leaving essential things at home, such as your mobile phone, your lunch, or worst, your keys. You may not be able to control where your mind chooses to gravitate entirely, but there are a number of ways to prevent being locked out of your house.
Even if you leave your key at home, you know you can get in without breaking a sweat with the top 5 ways to prevent being locked out of your house. The list is relatively straightforward and easy to do. Choose one and worry no more.
Top 1: Leave a spare key with a friend or family member who lives nearby.
When you get home, and you find out you’ve locked yourself out, it’s common to call a friend or family member. How about turn that “I need someone to talk to” call into an “what time can I pick up my spare key” call? Make sure you can trust this person with whom you’re leaving your key. Think of someone who won’t misplace your key. Make sure he or she is someone you often keep in touch with and will tell you about their holiday plans. Before you hand over your keys for safekeeping, make sure to label them, so they don’t get mixed with theirs.
Top 2: Hide spare keys in different parts of your house that are outdoors.
Do not keep a main door spare key under the mat in front of the front door or the pot next to the door. We’ve seen that so many times in films that it’s no longer safe to do this. Make it a two-step approach — hide one key outdoors, but this key should be the key to the garage or shed where you keep the spare main door key. I remembering keep a spare house key in the car. That saved me once, but I haven’t been doing that as the car is usually locked up in the garage these days. Use your imagination, so that you can hide these keys well.
Top 3: Leave a spare key at work and don’t label it ‘diary’.
It may be funny, but by marking your keys ‘diary’, you’re attracting the intrusive population in your office to take it. It may be best to keep mum about having spare keys in the premises. Just go on with your daily life and hide it in a safe place that you can remember.
Top 4: Befriend your real estate agent or landlady.
They’re not always likeable, but your real estate agent or landlady can surely help you if you find yourself in this kind of pickle. Maintaining that professional and friendly relationship with them can be the vital key to solving this problem swiftly.
Top 5: Befriend a locksmith.
At your door within 30 minutes is a general promise of locksmiths. I, however, have heard of horror stories about people waiting for hours for a locksmith to unlock their front door. Imagine if this happened to you in winter or when it’s bucketing down. By befriending a locksmith, you are assured to have someone to open your door within minutes without asking for evidence that you live in the property you’re trying to break into. Best of all, your locksmith friend might even not ask you to pay a cent for his services.
Getting yourself locked out is one of the most annoying things in life. I’ve had it happen to me five times — the first time I had to wait for 7 hours without food, water and access to a toilet. The second time, I used the spare key kept in the car. The third, I had to wait for my husband to come home. With the last two, I was wise enough to use one of the top 5 ways to prevent being locked out of your house.