1/01/2013

The Key to an Organized Home

If you clicked here hoping for a grand revelation about the secret to an organized home, well my friend, you'll be sadly disappointed. If you want to go with me on a journey of tiny baby steps, tiny tiny baby steps to getting organized, then you're in the right place. I'm putting it down here on paper...er, make that digital cyberspace...that my #1 top priority resolution for 2013 is to delve into all the nooks and crannies of this old house to sort, purge and organize!! 

So what does all this have to do with keys? Remember I said baby steps? Here's where I'm starting.


For years there has been a little box full of old keys in the back of a kitchen cupboard. This odd assortment of keys includes skeleton keys that may or may not fit some of the doors in this old house, keys for long gone cars, for lost padlocks, bike locks, and mystery keys. Quite a few of the keys were inherited with the house. Some look like they could be for a safe deposit box. Oooh, that's intriguing. A couple look like skate keys. (For the younger set who are clueless about skate keys, old time skates attached to the outside of the wearer's shoes and were adjustable in size. The key was used to lock or unlock the skate to adjust its length. Great idea! The skate grew with the kid and could be used by siblings too. How did the skate companies ever stay in business without planned obsolescence?)

Here they are all laid out. 


I don't want to throw any of these keys out, just in case. After all, you never know when a 1991 Dodge Grand Caravan might reappear that just happens to have an ignition that works with my keys! Or maaaybe when I finally get to excavating the garage attic I'll find the roller skates that go with those rusty skate keys.  Or that safe deposit box...hmmmm. In the meantime I thought it might be nice to display some of these keys somehow as an homage to the history of this old house of ours. To wit, I did some web sleuthing to see what I might want to do.

I like this idea found over at My Crafty Days. How pretty!

 I also like the simplicity of just hanging a few keys on a wall somewhere.

Skeleton key display.
Another simple idea...a pretty ribbon and a single key displayed on a stack of old books,  as seen at Hilltop Cottage


Now I just need to work on the rest of that kitchen cupboard shelf. It's a high shelf where things tend to go to be forgotten. Did you know candles multiply when left in dark places? So do cookie cutters. And  ten flashlights aren't doing much good when eight of them have dead batteries. Sigh. Baby steps, baby steps. 

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