Why Should You Make a Filing System?

Content Updated on October 14, 2007 A Filing System Helps You and Loves Ones in Emergencies The primary reason you need a good filing system is for protection. You never know when you may need your documents to protect yourself or your loved ones from financial or legal woes. You may: need to prove that you’ve paid a bill, correct a bank error, or correct a credit card error. need to have proof of legal events such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, etc. You may need to have proof of ownership and value in case one of your possessions is…

How to Stop Collecting Clutter

Content Updated on October 14, 2007 No Junk Drawers, Cabinets, or Closets = No Junk Let yourself know right now that you will not have a junk drawer, cabinet, or closet, so don’t even let yourself think, “I’ll put that in the junk drawer.” Once it goes in, it doesn’t come out. It just piles up until you finally avoid opening the drawer at all. Where should you put the junk if not in a junk drawer? Where they belong! Put orphan buttons in your sewing kit. Put rubber bands with your office supplies. Label those mystery parts (the weird…

Projects

Content Updated October 13, 2007 We all have some sort of project going on in our home at any one time. This is the section where you can keep important information about such projects. These, of course, are moderately sized projects that don’t require tons of paperwork and record keeping. Here are some project ideas that you can keep track of in this section: Picnics Parties Vacation / Traveling Camping School / Work / Church Events Expecting a Baby Expecting Guests for a Long Stay Redecorating a room Small hobby projects Getting Healthy Projects to Keep Separate If you’re working…

What You Should NOT Put in Your Home Organizer

Content first written in 2002; updated October 13, 2007 Information You Wouldn’t Share With a Stranger Avoid putting any information in your notebook that you don’t want available for house sitters, child care takers, pet sitters, or burglars to see. For example, financial records for banks and credit cards that include account numbers, social security numbers, etc. If your household organizer is stolen or you end up hiring a sitter who isn’t as trustworthy as you thought, such personal information can be used for identity theft. Instead, keep such records in a locked file cabinet. Huge, Bulky Projects If you…

Phone Numbers and Addresses

Content Updated on October 3, 2007 I recommend using an app to organize your addresses. Such programs allow you to quickly update your addresses, share them with you PDA, and print them in an attractive, legible format. Free Directory Pages Print them out and quickly keep in touch. Friends and Family It is wise to have all the addresses and phone numbers of friends and family members of everyone in your home ready to be looked up by last name (in alphabetical order) in case you need to contact Great Aunt Sophie for an event, such as a birthday, or…

Master Lists

Content Updated on October 3, 2007 Master lists are important for updating new calendars, to-do lists, etc. You can organize your master to-do lists by intervals (e.g. daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, etc.) or by subject (e.g. auto maintenance, pet vaccinations, etc.). Master event lists, which you will use to fill in your calendar each year, should be organized by event (e.g. birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) or by date (e.g. all the events to take place during January, February, etc.). Get Free Household Notebook / Organizer Pages Here are some master list ideas: Daily chores Weekly chores Monthly chores Seasonal chores Yearly…

Individual Information

Content Updated on October 3, 2007 Having information on each individual in your household can save precious time during an emergency, make gift shopping much easier, and can save the babysitter or pet-sitter from a headache. Get Free Household Notebook / Organizer Pages Important Information (for each individual) Photograph of individual Full legal name & nicknames Birth date Blood type Height Weight Description of distinguishing marks, such as scars, birthmarks, tattoos, etc. Chronic medical problems Allergies Medications frequently taken School name, address, phone number, and grade Employer’s name, address, and phone number along with individual’s position held Gift Ideas (for…

Emergency Information

Content Updated October 3, 2007 Your emergency section contains important information for family members, sitters, and guests for a variety of emergency situations. Make sure sitters, nannies, aids, and family members all know about the emergency section of the notebook. Get Free Household Notebook / Organizer Pages Make sure that your emergency section contains at least the following information: General Emergencies Your home address, telephone number, nearest cross streets, and directions to your home from major roads Reminder to call 911 in case of an emergency Phone number the poison control office (1-800-222-1222) Phone number for your local police Phone…

How to Set Up Your Filing Cabinet

Content Updated October 3, 2007 A filing system is essential if you plan on having paperwork, and if you pay taxes, own a bank account, or go to the doctor you’re going to have paperwork. If you can’t afford a fancy filing cabinet, get a cheap one. If you can afford a cheap one, invest in some plastic storage boxes. If that’s still to expensive for your current financial situation, settle on some sturdy cardboard boxes. All you need are some filing folders and a marker. Hanging file folders are optional but come in handy for setting up categories and…

What to Put in Your Safe Deposit Box

Content Updated October 3, 2007 There are some things that should not only be filed but protected from fire, flood, and theft. Often the best protection is a safe deposit box at a local bank. If you don’t have access to one or simply don’t like the idea of having to go to the bank to get access to your items, purchase a fireproof safe that can be bolted, from the inside, to the studs in your wall or floor to keep the documents safely in your home. Make sure you make a list of the contents of your safe…