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Even if they haven't gone so far as to get formal self-defence training, many people (particularly women) have considered what strategies they'd deploy if they were attacked by a stranger. A popular thought is that one would use an object on your person as a weapon of defence -- like keys, for instance.

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Losing your keys is the worst -- so it makes sense to do whatever you can to ensure your keys get back to you safely, should they be misplaced. For some that may mean attaching a Bluetooth-enabled location tracker, but I'd rather not have yet another bulky plastic doohickey on my keychain next to my flash drive. Luckily, the web has come up with a pretty low-tech method of ensuring your keys are returned safely. But first, you'll need to visit a pet store.

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If you're not careful, your key ring can quickly get out of control. Before you know it, you'll have five keys for things you don't own anymore, heaps of rewards cards and a few tools you don't really need. You can handle this situation in a lot of ways. Let's look at a few of the best.

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Even though I have a "spot" for my keys and wallet, I still end up misplacing them. The Lego organiser is a fun and convenient place to store all of your everyday carry things. A standard Lego base plate is stuck to a wall, while bricks and plates attached to everyday items make them attachable to the mat, never to go missing again. Here's how to make your own.

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Some people like to stash a spare key to their house in a fake rock or under a potted plant. Another good way to hide a key is to build a small PVC pipe with a cap and coupler for a waterproof storage area that will look like an innocent access point to a drain.

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A good carabiner or s-biner makes a great keychain -- it can clip to your belt or your bag so you never lose it, and you can keep more than one ring of keys on it. Plus, it hangs up nicely on hooks or magnetic holders with no fuss. Even so, Instructables user elplatt lost a keyfob from one because the carabiner latch came open one day. Committed to never let that happen again, he grabbed some heat shrink tubing, a heat gun, and went to work.