Drill holes in your keys
If you need multiple keys to get into your home, it can be frustrating if they all look and feel similar.
Trying the wrong key, then fumbling and trying the wrong key again wastes valuable time and mental energy.
It's especially annoying when it's dark and raining.
The solution is to drill holes in your keys.
- One hole on the key for door number one
- Two for the second key
- Three for the third key and so on
I call them key holes. Not only are they an easy visual cue, they also allow you to feel for the correct key in the dark — and as a bonus, save weight.
Why not little key hats?
Key hats (or caps, or covers, or toppers) are little plastic doodads you put on your keys. They're supposed to help you identify your keys, but they have downsides:
- They can't always be differentiated by touch
- They add mass to your keys — that you have to carry
- They don't signal the order your keys should be used in
- They break down into micro plastic
- They create a little dirt crevice for pocket filth to accumulate
How to drill holes in your keys
Drilling holes in your keys is easy.
- Find a partner who's father is a retired precision engineer who owns a pillar drill.
- Ask him to do it.
- Be very grateful.
Order your keys sequentially on the keychain to make things even simpler.