I live in a condo building. All of the front doors in the building are auto-locking. That seems like kind of a handy feature, especially in a town where half the residents never lock their houses, you’d think that we’d be off to the races. That’s all fine and dandy, until you pop down the hallway and then have the sinking realization that you have locked yourself out.
The worst is when you get to work and realize you don’t have your wallet, so you know for the entire day that you can’t let yourself back in when you get home at night. If you’re lucky, your other half is around and you have a telephone. If you’re not, you have to bum a ride to a place eight minutes away, in order to get a new key. Thankfully, they have them ready to go, and they have photocopies of our IDs on file.
That’s how things were for the first year or so that we moved in. Then, something miraculous happened. It was like a flash back to my childhood.
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We got lock boxes.
At the front door, there are over 100 black metal boxes with punch codes on them. These things usually only cost $20-50 and hold anything from just a single key to a whole bunch of keys or other stuff. In goes a spare key. Presto, you can’t lock yourself out anymore!
You can buy them on Amazon (again, they’re only $20-50, and last for decades), or at a hardware store.
The Trick to Not Locking Yourself Out
The key to this is that you need to get the spare key, go to your place, pick up your key and IMMEDIATELY turn around and return the spare to its home in the lock box. Know what’s not very useful? A spot for a spare key with no spare key in it.
When I was growing up, we had one of these at home. It was perfect for days where plans changed, sports took longer than anticipated, or our parents had a schedule conflict and we had forgotten to take a house key with us.
If your situation is different, you might have to break a window, pay a locksmith, or discover how easy it really is to break into your house. These options can be expensive, to downright scary. Don’t do that. Get a lock box and be ready.
So – there you have it – never lock yourself out again with this easy solution. Buy one for someone for Christmas. It isn’t sexy, but it’s oh-so-useful!
Plus, you can do things like go bike riding or jogging and not have to carry a key. #win