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Paper Chase! No More ~ Organize Your Papers

Binders can by your best buddy to get  you organized.

You need a binder for your life if you don’t do file folders then a binder may work better for you.

Living in Oklahoma as you know is tornado alley. Every spring we would have the threat of severe weather. So when you think there is the very real possibility your home could be wiped off of the map or at the least have parts and pieces end up in Kansas you develop a special set of skills. One of skills is you have things you know you need to grab on the way out the door.

We lived in Oklahoma on May 3, 1999, when a F5 tornado smashed into and through my neighborhood. Our weatherman said, “People in the path of this storm need to get underground or get out-of-town.”

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Since we didn’t have an underground shelter. So we got out-of-town. We were rushing though the house grabbing stuff, our insurance information, homeowner’s policy, health insurance, car insurance, identification papers and even a list of phone numbers. Also, we had just purchased a new vehicle and had yet to notify our insurance agent of this new purchase so some information about our vehicle wasn’t a bad idea. This would have been so much easier and less chaotic if we had a binder.

Well fortunately for us our house was still standing. Our trees and fence were another story and we never did find the owner of a patio chair that blew into our yard.

After that experience we created a home binder.

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Photo by Jordan Ladikos

Home Binder –

It has copies of our deed to our home and our insurance policies.  Each time we make a major purchase we document the purchase; warranty dates then add the warranty and receipt to our home binder. At one time I kept the manuals but now all this is readily available on the Internet. So I can’t find a reason why should I keep them.  We do keep a list of maintenance, repairs and upgrades we have made to our house.  This information is helpful with you are selling your home and you have to make the necessary disclosures.

Important Paper Binder –

We have a binder for our important papers. This binder stays in a fireproof box.

For us important papers are birth certificates, marriage license, passports, social security card, wills and trust documents other licenses and certificates. Additionally we have a DVD of the inside of our home. (This is very helpful if you have to replace your contents.)

Home Management Binder –

This could be called the ICE or Mom Manual. It will have flyers from your kids sports, school events, schedules and newsletters. Also it will have an emergency contact sheet. This binder will have school, teacher, baby sitter or daycare provider contact info. Passwords can also be stored in this binder. You can add pages for your budget and bill payment schedule.

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Photo from Flickr

I know some families use a binder for their kids’ artwork and school papers. Every child gets a binder. Papers you want to keep are 3-hole punched and placed in the binder immediately. Then at the end of the year you can scan the ones you want to preserve forever.

There are lots of templates online for pages of anything else you might want or need to have.

The purpose of the binder is to put everything all together and easily accessible. I look forward to hearing about your binders, how they simply and organize your life.

Thanks  Pamela!

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I am from Oklahoma. Now living the dream in Arizona. I'm a sassy, creative and outspoken southern gal. I believe that if you can read you can go anywhere. One of my favorite sayings is "If you knew you could not fail what would you do?" I enjoy helping other people. My friends know that I’m the queen of useless trivial knowledge and I will not hesitate to use it.

16 thoughts on “Paper Chase! No More ~ Organize Your Papers

  1. After three years of living in Oklahoma it has never once occurred to me to keep important stuff in an easy to grab format.and we have had a few tornadoes blast through our town. Thanks so much for the binders example. Am starting one as soon as I get offline..which will be quickly as a huge thunderstorm is on it’s way right this second! thanks Pam

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  2. This is a great idea! We do get tornadoes here occasionally…..and I do love binders (maybe reminds me of school – which I liked).
    I also did nominate you for the 3 day Quote Challenge. If you would rather not that is fine I just personally have been loving all your helpful ideas and thought others would as well! You do not have to feel pressured to do this though.


  3. Awesome ideas. We haven’t had tornadoes but we have been evacuated or evacuated ourselves due to fires. This would have made it a lot easier than loading the whole file cabinet in the car, I would have had room for the ice cream maker then. Just kidding, but the binders are a great idea.

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    1. I nominated you for the 3 day Quote Challenge. If you would rather not that is fine I just personally love all your blog and thought others would as well! You do not have to feel pressured to do this though.


  4. Love this idea Pamela, I have something similar not so much for tornados (which we don’t get here) but bushfires, which we do, especially in summer. We’ve come close to evacuating a number of times.

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