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Is there anything more annoying than getting locked out of your house? No matter how it happened, realizing that you don’t have the right key and that you’re further away from relaxing after a long day is just an awful feeling. What’s worse, you’re left with very few options, none of which are very appealing.

You can shimmy through the kitchen window, break the sliding glass door, or call in for backup if you know someone with a spare and wait for them to cancel their plans and come to your rescue. That last option might seem best, but sitting out in the cold all alone while you wait? It’s not safe nor is it fun.

To avoid ever being confronted with this irritating situation, here are nine genius tips for never getting locked out again.

1. LEGO Key Board

One of the big reasons we lock our keys inside (or at least one of the reasons I constantly do this) is because we’re running late and we can’t find them. We know we put them down in the living room…or maybe the kitchen? Between trying to get out the door and put on your makeup while eating breakfast, you forget to find them.

Well, stop this from happening all together by never misplacing your keys again! This handy LEGO board doesn’t just serve as a fun way to decorate your keys, but also as a great way to always keep them in your line of sight.

2. Secret Rock

Forget about stashing your key under the doormat; that trick is now so overdone, it could be dangerous. For a trickier hiding place, use a little tape to hide your key under a rock in the yard/garden.

Just be careful not to make this placement TOO tricky, or you might have a hard time finding the key yourself! Make sure to place the rock in a particular spot or give it some kind of distinguishing feature only you would recognize.

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