Keys are a necessary evil, and although I’ve written about keyless entry systems before, I doubt anyone can escape having some. What bothers me about keys is not so much that we have to carry them, but that they seem to slowly accumulate as if key rings were living, growing organisms.
I’ve found a simple exercise helps folks struggling with a giant set of keys. Much like having an uncluttering buddy, I’ve gone through each key on friends’ rings and asked them what it’s for and if they really need it with them at all times. Usually people discover they have all sorts of old or useless keys weighing them down and are happy to get rid of them. Once the fat has been trimmed, the next step is to get an appropriately sized keyring. That is, one that will make it difficult for you to add too many new keys without having to remove a few.
So, take a moment today to look at your keys even if you think you need them all. Just look at them one by one and ask yourself if you really need them.