Take a look at the other posts in this series if you haven’t already.
Here we are again with the Organizing Your Paper Party! Today it’s all about those important documents: Safe Worthy Papers.
My “Makeshift” Safe
I didn’t have a safe, and since I’m thrifty and like to wait until I have room in my budget to buy anything, I’m using my file hanging container for the time being:
Next to it you can see my handy dandy shredder, which I put to very good use during this process.
If you decide to buy a fire and waterproof safe, Organize 365 recommends you use a file hanging one like this:
Purging And Sorting
Before I could really gather all my important documents, I had to sort through and purge what was already in my container:
It was made up of mostly random things, but it did have a lot of military documents in there which hubby confirmed needed to be saved (ugh!).
Here’s the random stuff I found:
It was mostly pictures I’ve been meaning to hang on our walls for a while. So I’ll be hanging on to that (ehem, until I realize that I probably won’t get around to hanging them and then I’ll just toss them :(). The rest of it was garbage so I shredded it (there’s something therapeutic about shredding, or am I just strange?).
Hunting And Gathering
Then I commenced to hunt for all of my important documents and sensitive materials, I lovingly gathered and organized them.
Since I love color, I thought it would be a lot of fun to color code all my files:
I just wish I could find a wider and prettier range of colors :(.
A List Of What’s In The Container
Since I know it gets easy to forget what’s where, I thought it would be a grand idea to print up a list of what I had in the container so I could easily look at it rather than looking through the entire contents of the box only to find out what I needed wasn’t in there:
My Final Thoughts
This one took me much longer to get done than the last one since I had to sort through all the paper work that was in the container I wanted to use. But if you decide to buy yourself a file hanging safe
then it really shouldn’t take you much longer than an hour. It all depends on what your needs are.
I really like the idea of compiling all of our important documents and keeping them in one place. That way every time hubby asks me for everyone’s birth certificates & social security cards (FYI: this happens A LOT for you military folks!), I can quickly and easily locate them.
I also think it’s a fantastic idea to use a fireproof safe so that if our house should catch fire (God forbid!) we wouldn’t be without those important documents. I’ve heard horror stories of people being without any kind of identity because they lost everything in a fire and it took upwards of 10 years to get it back on track. For those of us in the military, this would be even more of a nightmare since we depend so heavily on our identity to get anywhere on base!
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