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Hey friends! I’ve been on a mission lately to find ways to make my life easier. Isn’t that the ultimate goal when you have little ones? I think so! Recently, Cohen (my youngest – he’ll be 3 in April), has discovered that he can very easily open the front door. He has even demonstrated that he can unlock it. Queue panic. Enter a product making my life easier: Door Guardian.
I have to tell you about this because a) it works and b) it took me all of 5 minutes to install it. In my mind, I’m a tool-belt-wearing-DIY’er who can do hard things (thanks Instagram) but the reality of it is that I will just never get around to finishing a task if it seems too daunting. This was so easy! It was even easy peasy to order it since Door Guardian is available on Amazon! I even made a TikTok showing how easy it was to install, ha! (I’m trying to get into TikTok. Don’t make fun of me!) Ok, let’s break it down:
What Comes in The Package?
This is what comes inside. You can absolutely use the screws that come with it to make it more secure but I decided not to do that because the tape that comes on each piece of the lock is STRONG. If you rent, this is a perfect solution. No holes in your door frame or door! If you’re kind of lazy – this is also a perfect solution for you! You can always go back later and secure it with the screws if you’d like.
The Installation Process is a Breeze!
There are exactly three steps to this process, check http://www.readunwritten.com/ – 1) slide the piece that goes between the door and the door frame into the gap so you can line up the two pieces, mark the top of it with a pencil so that when you open the door you can line it back up with your pencil mark. If you stick the piece that goes on the door too far back or too far forward it won’t line up with the piece that goes on the door frame, so this is important! 2) Open the door, peel the tape backing off, and place it on the edge of the door. 3) Shut the door, peel the tape backing off of the lock piece, and secure it to the door frame where it interlocks with the piece on the door. And you’re done! That is really all there is to it!
I immediately called my kiddos over to try and open the door and they could not do it. I pulled on it as hard as I could and it didn’t budge! I placed it high enough that they would have to climb on something to even attempt to unlock it but even if they managed to get up there I don’t think they could figure it out. There is a small piece that can be inserted to keep the lock from being opened which requires a key to pull it out, so if your kids are little magicians, that extra safety measure is for you!
Overall, I am 100% satisfied with this product. This has been the easiest extra safety measure I have added to our home and I feel so much better knowing that my kids won’t be able to open the door if I don’t want them to.