Getting locked out of your house is truly embarrassing, and it’s probably something that only happens in comedy movies, right? Well, not exactly. At least once in your life, you will find yourself standing in front of the locked front doors of your house without a key, cursing at the sky. If someone’s inside, it’s perfectly okay – ring the doorbell and wait for them to open up. It’s when you don’t have anyone with a spare key to call that you encounter the real problem, and when that happens, here’s what you can do:
Tell your cat (or your plant)
Taking out keys and locking our door are matters of habit, but when the said habit becomes so ingrained in us, we sometimes forget if we did it (cue rushing back to double-check if you locked the door when you sit in the car). Start developing handy habits that will help you remember you most definitely took the keys and locked the doors – simply tell someone you did so when you leave the house. Telling your pet or your plant “Yes, I have the keys with me” will help you remember that you took them in the first place.
Hide a spare key
Even when we take the key with us, it can happen that we leave it behind and not realize it until we get back home. This is why it’s a good idea to keep a spare key hidden in your yard, or somewhere close to your front door. Still, try avoiding the most obvious places such as the mailbox or under the floor mat as these are the most susceptible by burglars, and try finding a less obvious hiding place. Instead, try glueing an empty pillbox to a fake rock and burying it, place it in a plastic box and hide it under your dog’s house, or keep one in a hole in a tree in your yard.
Have a backup plan
Sooner or later, you will find yourself locked out of your house, and when that happens, it’s important to have a backup plan. You should be able to call someone to come over and get you out of trouble which means that you should always have a number of an emergency locksmith. If you find yourself locked out of your house without a spare key, emergency locksmiths are your best friends. This way, you will know for sure that you can get back in without having to break a window or break in your own house.
Distribute spare keys
When you find yourself locked out of your house, it can really be frustrating, but if you have someone you can call, it becomes less of a problem. Having your trusty neighbours keep a spare key is a good idea, as well as your siblings or friends who live close. Of course, if you happen to lock yourself out at 2 am, calling them to retrieve a spare key can be a bit awkward or annoying, so you might want to have another backup plan in its place. You might also keep one key at work or in your car, just in case. The best thing is that you can make a key for simple locks out of empty tin canes, too.
No matter how careful you are, sometimes we just slip, and accidents happen all the time which means that you will probably find yourself locked out of your house without a spare key at some point in your life. As embarrassing as it is, remembers that it happens to us all and that there’s no reason to start panicking. The better prepared you are for this situation, the better your chances are of getting back in without much fuss.