Keyless entry = fewer keys

Reader Ralph writes in with a tip that may well belong in a Extreme Minimalism Monday post. He writes,

I hated carrying around my keys so I installed combination door lock deadbolts on my house doors. ”Look ma! No more keys!” … There’s also no need to give spare/emergency keys to family, they just know the code.

He points us to this keyless lock solution. There are also fingerprint and Bluetooth enabled deadbolt locks which allow you to unlock your front door if you “knock” on your smartphone — even if your phone is in your pocket.

Not sure keys bother me that much, but if they bother you, pair this with keyless entry in your car and you’re home free.


This post has been updated since its original publication in 2007.

20 Comments for “Keyless entry = fewer keys”

  1. posted by Welmoed on

    We put a keyless entry on a small guest cottage at our last house, which worked great. I’m not sure keyless entries will catch on in most modern homes, though, as most folks seem to enter their houses through the garage (which opens via remote) and they often neglect to lock the door between the garage and house.
    Oh, and it’s “fewer keys” rather than “less keys”.

  2. posted by Stefanie on

    Keyless entry pads are great, until you get a freak storm that blows rain directly into the box and it shorts out. We’d gotten cocky with our keyless freedom and had stupidly removed our emergency entry key from the garage, so we had to break a window to get into the house after the storm.

    My ex-inlaws had a similar problem with theirs, so I gather it’s fairly common. I wouldn’t advocate the keyless entry system unless the door is completely enclosed – not just under an awning or overhang. They’d be good for apartment dwellers.

  3. posted by JustBeth on

    My parents and brother have lock-boxes on their houses with a spare key. It works well for guests, but it’s mostly a back-up emergency for when someone leaves the house temporarily and forgets the door is locked.

  4. posted by Lana on

    I love the idea of keyless entry, but I just don’t trust it. There are hacks all over the net on how to crack keyless entries for cars, and I don’t think houses would be too difficult for a motivated criminal.

    Engadget had a cool article about how to use your cell phone to open your keyless entry (link goes to engadget):

  5. posted by amy on

    sadly, at my building we have keyless entry, but it’s not a code, it’s a swipey-toggle. So I have to carry the key (in case of a power outage, you have the ability to still get in the building, though the keyhole is blocked if the power is on) AND the toggle thingy, so I have extra clutter! I still like the keyless entry- easy if my hands are full for getting in- but it doesn’t minimize my clutter.

  6. posted by James E. Robinson, III on

    Keying all the locks the same will reduce key-carrying needs and not have to worry with the electronic locks going out to lunch on you. I only carry 3 keys: home, work, car (plus remote).

  7. posted by Jude on

    I loved having a keyless entry, but my substitute is the $18.00 lockbox for my sons who continually forgot their keys. I have to carry car keys, so what’s the big deal about sticking a house key on the same chain. By the way, the headline should read “fewer keys” not “less keys.”

  8. posted by mritz03 on

    If you have the cash, maybe you want a bio-metric deadbolt. No keys + no password = uncluttered body AND soul.

  9. posted by Lester Porter on

    To Welmoed and mritz03 – I’ve never heard of keyfewer entry.

  10. posted by Grammarian? on

    Shouldn’t it be “fewer” keys?

  11. posted by Rhea on

    Less keys is nice, fewer keys is better.

  12. posted by Matt on

    To those worried about keyless entry devices shorting out, it should be noted that the device linked in the blog post is purely mechanical.

  13. posted by Corey on

    I carry two keys: House & Car

    (work is a card that stays in my wallet)

  14. posted by Anonymous on

    Headline = play on words

    Keyless/LessKey … get it??

  15. posted by Kyle on

    I have a keyless entry system on my apartment door – I don’t lock it. Of course, I live in a small rural town, not everyone has this luxury. I also don’t have a car, so no keys there either. Unfortunately there is no mail delivery here, so I have to have a PO box key. If only the PO boxes had combos…

  16. posted by amiee on

    we’ve not used any other door on the house since we installed a passcode entry system on the garage. i mean, i don’t even KNOW where the front door keys are. it’s the best thing we’ve ever done.

  17. posted by John Spuler on

    Priuses have keyless entry.

  18. posted by Unclutterer » Archive » Keys to key uncluttering on

    […] 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 […]

  19. posted by Andrew on

    The link at “this keyless lock solution from Codelock” to Amazon is a 404 (broken)

  20. posted by Jacki Hollywood Brown on

    Thank you for noticing. The link is now fixed.

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