When I grew up, there was this saying: “what would you save in a fire? the photo album!”.
Needless to say that isn’t the case in 2022, since every photo anyone takes is sitting in the Google cloud somewhere.
So- if you have spare hands- (and don’t need to carry all your gold bullions)-take your important binder with you.
What is “the important binder” you ask??
lately, I’ve been busy with a procedural thing, which forced me to start looking for all kinds of documents such as my marriage certificate, my birth certificate, my children’s birth certificates, etc etc.
Sure enough- I had no idea where my birth certificate was, or my children’s for that matter- but lo and behold -I did locate my marriage certificate, and I can tell you it saved me some precious time, though locating the document at home wasn’t that easy. at all.
The funny thing is- when I asked my daughter for her documents, she sent them to me as soon as she got home from work. no dilly-dallying and futile searching and drawer banging.
She was very proud of herself, and I was proud of her too- and thought I should tell you all about it so you can create “an important binder” and save precious time and effort too.
Take an old school binder, write “important!” on its cover, and start filing all your important documents:
#1. legal documents: house deed, mortgage documents (if you have one if not- don’t ), bank account opening documents- no -I do not mean every friggin monthly bank statement-I hope you get those online-I mean the few papers you sign when opening an account. why keep them? because sometimes you need to remember what account you had in back 2000 for all kinds of sporadic reasons. just keep the 2-3 pages stating the account number and legal terms. the same goes for your will (I hope you remember I strongly advise on drawing a will- one neer knows, better be prepared, unless you are a Buddhist monk, and even then- you need to decide who gets your food bowl. )
#2. personal documents–that are legal documents as well: birth certificates, passport, marriage certificate-if you ever got married-and definitely even after divorce!, speaking of- divorce papers, if you have a prenuptial agreement- that too, SAT grades, uni certificate, major work certificates, you get the picture.
With all of these- keeping the originals is super important- and having them scattered around the house hiding in dark closets isn’t going to help anyone.
Please don’t avoid doing this saying “I hate bureaucracy! ” “I am a free spirit letting the wind beneath my wings!” and stuff like that.
This is exactly why you need the binder! because you don’t like wasting your free spirit time on collecting these documents time and again! once you have a designated binder, you waste 0.00 time on bureaucracy-
And can live happily ever after.
I am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog, therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and at your own responsibility.