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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tidy Tuesday - Important papers

I'm not going to tell you anything novel or new today but little reminders now and then can jog our memory and strengthen our resolve to get things done.  Even though we know we should keep our important papers in a safe place and be able to put our finger on any particular paper at a moment's notice, it's easy to procrastinate and forget where something is at the exact time we need it.  So, this is one of those friendly reminders  :)

Do you know where everyone's birth certificates are?  Social Security cards?  All past tax returns?  Immunization records and medical records?  Insurance information?  Mortgage papers?  Other important papers?  Do you have them in a safe place?  Can you access it?  Do you have copies?

I keep copies of important papers in sheet protectors in a three ring binder.  The originals are in a fire-proof safe in a (hopefully) safe place.  I probably should have a safe deposit box at the bank too.  All former tax returns are in the file cabinet, well labeled.  So far, I haven't had any trouble locating any records when kids have asked for copies of them.  When they borrow something, I take out the sheet protector where the paper is kept and leave it out on the kitchen counter until it is returned.

With school starting soon, you're going to need all those immunization records and medical records for your kid's school and sports programs.  If you haven't gathered them all in one place, this is the perfect time to find them and organize them.  There are many organizational systems online and in books so you should be able to find one that will fit your needs.  I'm not going to show you mine because it's very simple and not especially attractive  :)  But, it works for me!  You can do the same!


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