When you hate the look of a big, bulky device clipped to your flip-down visor, using a keychain garage door opener is a great alternative. This tiny device fits right next to all of your other keys and looks a lot like the remote control that locks and unlocks your car. Unfortunately, because people have a tendency to toss their keys onto the coffee table, stuff them in a pocket or purse or drop and step on them, it can be easy to break the door opener. Use these tips to protect it and save yourself from having to purchase a new one any sooner than necessary.
Install a key hook
If losing the keychain remote is your main problem, a key hook is the best solution. Install it next to the door where you enter and exit your house, such as the garage door. Get in the habit of holding onto your keys after you get out of the car and hanging them on the hook first thing when you get into the house. This is one of the best solutions when you share the opener with someone else because they can just grab it from the hook instead of fruitlessly searching the house, especially when running late.
Add a protective cover
Your keychain opener may survive a few drops, but after a while, the plastic is likely to start breaking. This could cause the opener to come apart every time you drop it. Protect it by adding a plastic protective cover that will cushion a fall onto pavement or hardwood floors. You can get these at hardware stores that sell key fob protectors in a variety of shapes and sizes so you can find one that fits your model. Choosing a protector with a bright color will make it easier to find your remote should it get buried in a purse or under paperwork on a desk.
Check your pockets
If you wear your swimsuit to the pool in the summertime, it’s possible to jump into the water without first checking your pockets. Immersion in water can destroy the electronic components of your keychain remote. Make a habit of checking your pockets before going swimming at the pool or lake and before you toss your clothes into the washing machine. You might also find receipts you need to save or a few dollars you forgot you had.
Developing these easy habits will protect your keychain opener and save you from oft replacing it. Avoid as well the frustration of searching for lost keys or having your opener fall into your lap every time you flip down the visor to shield your eyes from the sun.
Danielle enjoys the convenience of her keychain remote and key tags for her favorite stores, which keep her visor uncluttered and her wallet a manageable size. She blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands. Read her work at Eat Breathe Blog.