Declutter Challenge – Day 4: Organizing Important Papers and Valuables

Written by Angela Atkinson

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Our organizing task today is more of a “gathering” task. You need to gather all your important papers, irreplaceable documents and valuable jewelry. Find each family member’s original social security card and birth certificate, as well as original copies of death certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees. Get the actual policy for your life, homeowner’s or renter’s insurances as well as the original copies of your will, living will and medical power of attorney.

Find your grandmother’s wedding band, your dad’s senior picture and any other irreplaceable items that would just break your heart if you lost. You can also grab the memory stick that you use to back up your hard drive (although research using the “cloud” for this as it is now more efficient).

Where am I going with this? A safe, of course. As you can see from the items we collected, you don’t need to be wealthy to need a safe. Make sure it is large enough to accommodate everything and fire rated for at least 2 hours.

Don’t automatically store it in your master bedroom closet. That’s the first place a thief would look. Think about natural disasters. If you live in a tornado prone area, keep your safe in the basement. If you live in an area that floods, keep it near the door so you can grab it and go.

Today’s task may seem silly to some of you but you would be surprised how many people do not take the time for this and regret it later. Being organized also means being prepared.

 

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