Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Desk: Key Organization

Out of Curtain Frustration, I decided it was time to get the Spare Keys in Order. If you missed where we keep our everyday keys, follow the LINK.
Last week as part of our Library Reveal I showed you our Secretary's desk.

This little desk is the organizational HUB of The Manor. It's where we pay bills, make plans, it's where our calendar is kept, it's where I'm writing this post from, it's like the nucleus of our home. So when I needed to start organizing our spare keys I knew exactly where they should go.

We had a drawer full of keys just clanging around, I was starting to forget what keys were for what.
So after going door to door around the house I figured out what keys went with what locks and started out labeling them.
In the Townhouse I used these little round tags:

But Lee would take the keys to his "project" car, aka. the bain of my existence hehe just kidding (kind of :S) and then they would come back looking like this:

So a quick trip to Staples and I found these key tags for much cheaper then the little paper round ones and they are plastic so the grease and oil will rub right off.

I bought the key hooks from The Home Depot, but I've recently seen them at Target for much cheaper (insert angry face!!).
I organized each key holder into categories, the Top One is Locks (things like keys to the pad lock, keys to the bike lock, keys to the suitcase lock. The Middle One is house keys, spare front door key, spare back door key, spare basement key, etc. . . . And the Bottom Row is Car Keys, spare Ashli's car key, spare Lee's car key, spare project car key (which is missing, I'm sure I'll find that in the laundry later this week) and spare Motorcycle key (yes Lee has a motorcycle and yes I'm not terribly happy about it (insert angrier face HERE!) hahah just kidding (kind of).
And Last on the same door under the keys I put up some Cork! I find those Cork Tiles super handy. I LOVE having somewhere to pin up a slip of paper that would otherwise get lost in the shuffle!

So that's the first part of the Desk organized. I'll be working on the rest this week, along with the library curtains (which are proving to be more difficult then anticipated (insert yet another angry face). Wish me luck, I don't think I'll have a curtains post ready for this week, but I do have some special request posts coming up later this week. Also I've received the Stylish Blogger Award (Yahoo!!) so I'll have a post about that coming up later today!


  1. Oooohh, this makes my heart beat a little faster with a love-for-organization joy. :)

  2. Looks great! So... how did you mount the key hooks to the cabinet door. I've been thinking of doing something similar (actually spice storage) but my cabinet doors are too thin for a screw... and I haven't really given much thought to an alternative. Maybe mounting tape?

  3. Love the key organization! I love the idea of using different colors for different types of keys. My husband used to have a motorcycle (and an atv), but he sold them when we had our oldest so I could get a better car. ;)

  4. Looks awesome! I have those same color coded key rings. Ha...hubby "had" a track car until a certain someone turned 16 a year ago!! LOL Now it's actually driven, instead of collecting dust. Can't wait to see the rest.

  5. I just love all your organization tips and ideas Ashli. For sure it is annoying hunting for elusive keys!

  6. Super sweet Ashli! Are we going to get to see the entire inside of the desk too? I need the motivation to get mine all whipped into shape! :o)

    Many Blessings,

  7. Super smart idea. I am going to pass it along to my mom, she has a million keys from all her tenants.

  8. Great idea to have a different row for each category of keys. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the desk and how you can close it up and all is clean.

    thank you for the picture of MAX! insert happy face here.

  9. caitlinw4@hotmail.comJanuary 26, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    Great idea...just close the doors and things are instantly tidy!! Where did you find your desk?

  10. Thanks Dana!
    To hang the hooks I used 3M command strips. The Sticky mounting tape for the Command hooks. I was going to screw them to the cabinet doors but they are too thin, the Command Strips work perfectly!
    Hope that helps

  11. Thanks Caitlin!
    The desk is from Ikea! You buy the tops and the base separately! But I liked it for the same reason you did, just close it up and you can't see the mess. And. . . . the last time I was at Ikea it was on sale :)


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