Important Papers Project: Grand Finale!

There’s nothing like starting the New Year off with a Grand Finale, eh? 😀 Begin with the end! (I’ve always been a little backwards in my life.) 🙂

Well, this project has definitely been a BIG one. I still have a long way to go in getting my folder all put together and completed, but maybe that will be another pseudo goal of mine for this year (there are so many!). It really would be nice to be able to just have all this information in one place, organized, and right at my fingertips.

{For those who are unaware as to what the Important Papers Folder is, click HERE for all previous posts, downloads, and information. There’s about seven other posts that take you through this process. :)}

So anyway, {drumroll} here are the FINAL FOUR sections of the Important Papers Folder (just click on each image to view/download/print it)…

    • Section 11: Individual Family Member Information (have info for each member of your family)

    • Section 12: Household Information

    • Section 13: Home Property

    • Section 14: Miscellaneous

And that’s it!! That’s all the sections! {Deep breaths. In. Out.} Now just remember… this book is (or will be) 🙂 full of all your most important information for your family and home. That being said, you will want to keep it in a safe place where it could not be easily stolen or destroyed, but you also still want to be able to easily access it for the information you need. So choose it’s dwelling place wisely. 🙂  Good luck with your project, everyone! And HAPPY FRIDAY!! 😀

Important Papers Project: Starting to Wrap It Up

Hey y’all. I’ve been slacking in getting the remaining sections of our Important Papers Folder posted, so I’m going to just go ahead and post the last couple of sections in two big chunks. Today I’ll give you five of the remaining nine sections, and then in another week or two (hopefully not three?! :)) I’ll give you the last four sections. {To see all previous sections, click HERE.}

To all those working on these folders, thanks for your patience in waiting for these remaining sections and my apologies for my slackfulness. 🙂

The next five sections are as follows (just click on each picture to view/download/print it):

  • Section 6: Financial
  • Section 7: Church
  • Section 8: Education
  • Section 9: Employment
  • Section 10: Estate Planning

That should keep you busy for a while! 🙂 Stay tuned for the last sections and good luck in getting all of this done! 😀

Important Papers Project: Vehicles

(Click on the image to enlarge it, then right-click and save it to your computer. Print it out for use in your Important Papers Folder.)

Well, I have almost forgotten {in the midst of all my ‘free’ time} to continue on with our Important Papers Project! It’s been FOREVER since we’ve added another section to our binder. So if you happen to be working on a binder, here’s another section for you. This is Section 5: Vehicles.

It’s a pretty simple section, so no heart attacks allowed! 🙂 I’ve even created a Vehicle Maintenance Log file for you to download. You can get that here: Vehicle Maintenance Log
Use it to keep track of all the work you do on your vehicles (oil changes, filters replaced, etc.) so you don’t lose track of when the last time you had your transmission flushed and all that good stuff. 😉

Anyway, enjoy your weekend! HAPPY FRIDAY Y’ALL!

Important Papers Project: Medical Records

(Click on the image to enlarge it, then right-click and save it to your computer. Print it out for use in your Important Papers Folder.)

It’s time to add another section to our Important Papers Folder! (Yea! Cheer! You’re so excited, right?!) 🙂 This is our fourth section and it is dedicated to our medical/health/dental records. (See other sections here: Section 1; Section 2; Section 3.) And thankfully enough, this should be a rather easy section (unless you have a large medical history that needs to be recorded).

This may require contacting your doctors and/or dentists to get the needed information, but that is just a phone call away and they can likely mail you any information or copies you need so you won’t even have to make a trip anywhere.

And also, for your convenience, I went ahead and searched all different kinds of medical history forms and then created my own that had the most important information from the different forms. You can get it here:

Personal Medical History Form

Remember to complete one for each member of your family (or you can create your own form to better suit your needs if this one is missing something you want).

Anyway… fairly quick and painless, but important nonetheless. You’ll want this information on hand to take with you to doctor appointments and particularly to emergency situations because inevitably, as soon as you’re sitting in the doctor’s office, your memory goes blank and you can’t remember any of your history and are left guessing at important information. (Been there.) 🙂

So anyway, that’ll do us for this month on our Important Papers Project. Good Luck and have a Happy Weekend!

Important Papers Project: Insurance

Take a deep breath everyone. This section of our Important Papers Project is a doozey! Section 3 is for our Insurance papers. (If you missed the first two sections, you can find them here (Section 1: Emergency Info) and here (Section 2: Addresses & Contacts).)

You may not have a need for every insurance that is listed on this cover page, so don’t let the long list intimidate you. However, it is still a lot of information to gather.
You’ll want to make sure this section always contains your most up to date insurance policies (so it’s not a bad idea to go back and review this section on a yearly basis or so) along with up to date copies of all your insurance cards. Any time you get a new policy/card, just make a copy and stick it in its appropriate location.
Also, you will want to decide whether or not you want to keep the originals documents here. It may be wise to just keep a copy in this folder and then have the originals in a fireproof box or safe. Your call though.

Anyway, good luck with this one. It’s going to take me a while to sort through all my insurance crap information to see what needs to be kept and what needs to be tossed. Oh well, nothing like killing a weekend with some organization! 😀


Important Papers Project: Addresses & Contacts

Happy Friday all! Well with the holidays fast approaching, it seems like the perfect time to jump into Section 2 of our Important Papers Project… Addresses & Contact Lists.

This section is pretty self-explanatory. It’s just a bunch of contact lists for family, friends, associates, neighbors, etc that are all kept in one place. In addition, I’m including mailing lists in this section. So for Christmas, you can just pull out your Christmas Card mailing list and check off each person as you send them your card to make sure you don’t forget anyone.
If you are not LDS, then you won’t want to worry about the Relief Society List, but whatever church you belong to, make sure you get important numbers for there as well.

Here are some template forms I made that you can use for making your lists (print as many as you need for each list), along with the section header. Have Fun! 😀

Family Contact List
Friends & Associates Contact List
Christmas Card Mailing List
Generic Mailing List
Neighborhood/HOA Contact List

Important Papers Project: Emergency Info

Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to start today off by letting you know that I will not be able to post for the next couple of weeks. I have some health issues to attend to and I need some time to prepare for that and then recover from it as well, which will take me away from the computer for a while. But I WILL BE BACK! (Probably too soon for some of you!) 🙂
With that being said, I am giving you an assignment to work on for while I’m out: Catch Up!
If there is anything that has started slipping in your preparedness efforts, or that you haven’t implemented yet, but would like to, now is a great opportunity to catch up without me pestering you with new information and challenges! 😉 You’ve also got yesterday’s challenge for financial preparedness, and today we’re going to start into our Important Papers Project. So that’s two more things to work on. 🙂

So on to the Important Papers Project. There are around 15 Sections (holy cow- that’s a lot!) that we will ultimately add to our Important Papers Folder. (We’ll just do a section at a time to help keep us sane.) But if you want to start organizing now, you should already have your folder and sheet protectors, but you’ll want to go ahead and get some dividers to use to separate the different sections. Now, a word of advice when it comes to purchasing your dividers: go to an office supply store and look for the extra-wide dividers (i.e. 9.25″ x 11″… I know Avery makes them, I don’t know about any other brands- and no, you can’t find these at Walmart). The reason you want this size is because we are working with sheet protectors and regular-sized dividers will not “poke out” past the sheet protectors to allow us to see the different sections. (Kinda renders them useless, dontcha think?) The extra-wide dividers are designed to be wide enough that the tabs stick out past the sheet protectors. Another option is that you can make your own dividers using sheet protectors and applying homemade tabs to them (use clear tape and tape it onto the sides of the sheet protector and be sure to tape it down really good so it won’t come off when being handled). Moving on.

For each section, I will give you a Cover Page that has the title of that section, along with a checklist for all the different papers that could/should be included in that section (just click on the image to enlarge it, right-click and save to your computer, then print it out). Keep in mind, not every item listed will apply to you and your circumstances, so don’t feel pressured to have every box checked off. 🙂 I’m just trying to cover all the bases. However, just because some papers may be more difficult to come by, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have them! So those are where your challenges come in. Try to gather and complete all the important papers that apply to you so that you won’t be caught unprepared.

Alright, let’s get started! The first section in your folder should be the ‘Emergency’ section (for obvious reasons… you want to be able to access that information quickly in an emergency and not have to search for it.) Here are the papers that need to be gathered for this section:

Section 1: Emergency

  1. ICE (In Case of Emergency) Contact List
  2. Family Emergency/Evacuation Plans
  3. Medical Release Form

I’ve created a PDF file for the ICE Contacts as well as the Medical Release Forms. Just click on their name above to download, then print, and fill them out.

You should already have the Family Emergency/Evacuation Plans from earlier in the year, but if not, click HERE to learn more about it and how to complete yours.

Also, if you are not familiar with what a Medical Release Form is, it is a legal form that gives your consent for medical personnel to attend to your child(ren) in the event that you are not present or cannot be contacted to give your consent. This is good to have for if you are away on vacation and you leave your children with a friend or relative, or even for if you just have a babysitter for the evening. You never know when an emergency could take place, and having that consent form (with helpful information on it) can help ensure your child gets the immediate care they need until you can be contacted. As you will notice on page 2 of the form, it states that you should sign the consent in the presence of a notary public (someone who is authorized by the state to witness the signing of important documents in order to help prevent fraud). If you need help finding a notary, check your bank first. They almost always have a notary and will often notarize for free if you are one of their customers. You could also check a UPS store (they are supposed to have one on staff), the post office, or city hall/court house. You can also look one up online based on your zip code. They are all around, so there’s no excuse! 🙂 Some things to remember when talking to/working with a notary: 1) ask if there is a fee, 2) all parties signing the document must be present, 3) you must have a valid photo ID that includes your signature, and 4) do not sign your documents beforehand. The notary must witness your signature.
Alright, well that wraps up Section 1. It’s a small section, but an important one!

Good luck with all your preparedness efforts for the next couple of weeks and I’ll hopefully be back soon!
Happy Prepping!!