There are those things in life that you make, buy or do and you realise itâ€™s amazing and indispensable; and should it ever cease to exist (say, break) you will absolutely purchase, make or do it again. Or perhaps itâ€™s a piece of advice that has impacted your life profoundlyâ€¦Â Iâ€™m going to write a series on things that have had this impact on me in the hopes that you can benefit from them as well. More importantly (to me) Iâ€™d love to hear what some of your favourites are.
1.Â My MacGyver lanyard (w/ carabineer)
Years ago, (I honestly couldnâ€™t tell youâ€¦ maybe 15?) I somehow acquired a lanyard. This isnâ€™t your pansy modern-day â€˜made-of ribbon-and-has-a-safe-break-away-bitâ€™ style lanyard. This bad boy is like rope made from adamantium dipped in awesomesauce. A few years later I coupled this with a carabineer and I suddenly became unstoppable.
I use my lanyard+carabineer as my primary key chain which means I always have it on me. Iâ€™ve put my keys on different purpose key rings (one for car keys, one for house keys, etc.) and thanks to the carabineer itâ€™s easy to pull one off if I need to give it to someone (the house sitter, the mechanic, etc.) Also, because of the lanyard I can sling it around my neck if I need to or I can use the carabineer to clip it to my belt loop, purse strap, whatever!Â Thanks to this handiness I have used it as:
- a tie-down for the car trunk/boot lid
- a leash for Zuzu
- a bike lock
- a purse strap
- a handle on the pushchair for Luther to hold on to
- a weapon
Should you also decide to add this all-purpose tool to your gear, I recommend tying a small knot in the end of the lanyard so that you can easily loop it again through the lanyard to shorten the strap. (So that it doesnâ€™t dangle down your leg while youâ€™re driving or when itâ€™s hooked to a belt loop.)
If you donâ€™t make/buy/do anything else on this list this is my #1 suggestion.
To illustrate how useful it is, after I used my lightbox (and Andrew as my lighting boy) to take the photos for this post, I took some photos for an item I was posting on eBay.Â As Andrew couldnâ€™t stick around we mocked up a stand to hold the light.Â Â See whatâ€™s keeping it all together?!?
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