We all have our little quirks, the little things and rituals that make things “right” with our world. Your bacon fried crispy in the morning, your eggs sunny side up, your chaotic purse, your well organized work station, I could go on, but I imagine you have my drift.
One of my little quirks is my keys. I have kept my keys on a large ring with a bolt clip like you see in the picture for nearly 20 years now. Each key is sorted on the ring and placed based on its usage and importance.
Over the years extra things get added and removed, again based on need and importance. It seems so trivial to some the small addition of a little tag for some store, an extra key for a lock at work. For me, every extra ounce/gram I have to carry around can be a hurdle, especially on a bad day, so I try and keep my purse and keys as minimal as I can.
For the first time since I started as a member & as president of the board of directors for my co-op, I am responsible for more then a random couple of keys. In fact, my job description lays out the types of keys I should have in my possession in case of emergencies and day-to-day needs.
What does this mean for me? Five – count them –  new keys I have to keep with me. Two of them could technically get left on a separate ring at home, but three of them have to stay with me when I leave the house in case of an emergency. So in the last 3-5 weeks, a bunch of locks got changed/upgraded and I ended up with these 5 new keys. I dutifully added them to my key ring, but as the number of bits on my ring increased, the careful balance seemed to be off. I had to search for my important keys more often and things just generally felt off. Call it bad key chain feng shui or whatever you want, but the whole thing was driving me mad.
Today I decided that something needed to be done about the key thing. Yes, yes, I can hear the snickers over there, who else goes all feng shui on their keys?!?! Any way, after a bit of fussing around and much taking off and putting back on of all the bits and bobs that make up my key ring, I finally found its balance with the added keys and have harmony with them once again. Call me crazy [it is not like that would be the first or last time], but it’s hard to explain the feeling of being able to flip the keys in such a way that the key I want will fall into place, the right way up, so that I am not fumbling and struggling in the dark for a key I need.
It just made me feel good, like it was the first step in starting the whole spring cleaning thing.
Yikes, I may be in for some real trouble later on…
I have a few disaster zones I have been neglecting around the house…