Rarely carry more than one - either the car key (with the house alarm set) or the door key. Either fits in a pocket, no key rings to worry about. How many door locks do some of you folks have, anyway?? (I do have more keys but I don’t carry them around all the time, geez.)
House key (for doorknobs), House key (for deadbolts), mailbox key, car key, safe deposit box… There’s a couple of others that are just on the keyring because it’s easier than wondering where they are, and those are to a couple of padlocks.
I’m just glad that modern cars use the same key for the trunk as they do for the doorlocks and the ignition. Yes, each door has two keys, one for the doorknob, and a second, different one for the deadbolt.
I like keys. I trust them far more than anything electronic.
Parents used to have 15+ keys on a key chain, until it was split to three different key chains. We still end up carrying 4 or 5 extra keys that never get used, but no one wants to be responsible for removing them.
Just off the top of my head…
Key + fob for vehicle 1 (my daily driver)
Key + fob for vehicle 2 (wife’s daily driver / “the good one”)
Key for front door
Key for garage door
3 keys for clients offices where I frequently work after-hours
2 keys for my day job offices
2 keys for the church
I think there are more, and all but one of those (one of the ones for the church) have been used within the last week.
Lol, I need 3 keys just to get in my house. The gate, the security screen and the door. I have keys to the bedroom door, thecstairwell door, the other three outside doors, my car, and my best friend’s truck. Every door in my house has a lock on it.
my partner and i share a keyring, so between keys for his parents, my parents, his office, my housekeeping clients, our car, and our apartment…yeah, several but i guess you could also say that one of us is just as often carrying no keys at all.
The people we bought our house from had matching locks on two doors plus the shop but matching only in looks. There was a deadbolt, knob, and a storm door lock on all three doors. 9 freaking keys for the house alone. We removed the deadbolt and put in an electronic lock so we don’t lock the knob. No one uses the front door so it stays locked all the time. the electronic deadbolt has a key but I never carry it. Then there’s the car, the truck, the post office box, my parents house, the church, my office, my classroom, the office building, a work storage closet, our testing center, my son’s house…I think that’s it. I use three keys all the time but if I didn’t have one, I would end up needing it.
@ljbluejay Sigh! I used to have a nice little kind of mini-Swiss Army Knife with a nail clipper on my key chain, but it was on there when we flew to the Caribbean, and now the TSA has it. I used to use it ALL the time.
6 keys for work. 5 different doors and my drawer. Second job has 4 keys for different doors. Other part of my main job has 2 keys, 1 door and 1 cabinet. Personal ring has 2 vehicle and 1 door key. I carry the sets I need based in what has to be done for the day. In the house I have the garage key, keys to my sister’s house, keys to the old house, keys for the other work place that I should return and keys to the extra vehicles.
Key ring is 2, but there is a box in a drawer with 1 spare house, the keys to my parents’ (500 miles away) and the snowblower. Then the box has about 40 other keys collected over 50 years of moves and stuff (all different sizes). I’m not artistic, but I keep thinking someday I’ll use them for a project, like a housewarming gift for one of my sons.
Is it wrong that I carry a massive amount of keys EVERY DAY, no matter what? In all honesty, I’m not even sure what every key does on this set…Pretty sure there’s a gas cap key from my '74 Duster that I had in high school…and I graduated in 1986!!
@raccoon81 Please feel free to do so! I’d really love to get rid of some of them, but I just know that as soon as I do, I’m going to find a lock that needs one of the keys. 2 people searching out said lock, would certainly ease my burden.
@cfg83 I forgot to mention the fact that I have a separate set of keys that have my keys for car, home & shed, as well as 2 more mystery keys that I truly have no clue what they are for. Again, I’ve convinced myself that as soon as I get rid of them, I will find the lock that they fit. I just don’t carry these on my person because of the size of the car key.
@tohar1 I think we were separated at birth.
You are wise to feel that the keys you lose will uncover lost locks. I think you need ANOTHER key fob for those keys, and a safe place to keep them.
I actually have two car keys when I am out and about. I keep one key on my person at all times. The other is the one that goes into the ignition. I used to have a job doing late hours on campus. I was worried I would lock myself out of my car, so I always had a spare key “with me” in case I left the other set in the ignition.
Five keys plus two fobs on my work keyring, and two keys and a car fob on my home keyring. One day we’ll rekey the storm door at home so I’ll only need one key on that keyring. Two day I’ll work at fewer places and need less on that keyring.
My keysmart has 7 keys (outer door deadbolt, inner door deadbolt and knob, storeroom outer door, storeroom inner door, deadbolt and knob keys to girlfriend’s house) and the thing to attach a clip to connect to my car key ring.
My car key ring has my 2004 Ford Taurus car key and alarm remote, two gun trigger lock keys, and keys for the two “The Club” steering wheel locks that live in the car instead of a bat or crowbar (I never lock the steering wheel).
My work key ring is on a belt loop clip and has about eight keys on it (master key for department doors including my office, a Yale 47 key (opens most electric service panels in NYC buildings), the staff mens room key from the building I used to work in, the elevator key to the computer labs I used to run and 4-5 desk and file cabinet keys I haven’t used in years. In recent years I’ve only used the office master and the Yale 47 keys.
So… I could reduce all of this to a single keysmart with seven keys and the clip for the car key and alarm remote, but then I’d have to remember to bring the storeroom and gun keys with me when I need them, so meh.
I could actually get by without any keys. The car can be opened and started via phone app. Garage door opener uses car keypad. Front door is electronic keypad or phone app. Home alarm uses same phone app as door. I still carry two fobs and one key in case I lose the phone.