Seher from Simply in Control is here today to help us all get a little more organized by creating a Family Binder.
Hi there! I’m Seher from Simply in Control, an organizational blog. I would like to thank Allison for allowing me to be a guest blogger for her and also congratulate her on her little bundle of joy! 🙂
Today I wanted to share with you my family binder. It’s filled with all of our essential documents. Putting it in one binder is great for quick access and in case of emergency, it’s a good idea to have everything in one place at your fingertips!
I bought a simple, plain black binder, 1.5in wide, and decorated it with scrapbook paper and stickers.
I clipped on some tabs to the side of it and labeled it using Semikolon stickers. The categories are Birth, Marriage, University, Contacts and IDs.
Target Up & Up brand of binders have pockets on the inside. I
decided to keep some stationery and a First Aid book for quick access in
Passports are kept in a mesh zipper case made for pens and pencils. A whole family’s passports can easily fit in.
The next page is also a zippered pouch with 2 zips.
The top section contains passport sized photos which is something that’s a must in case of emergencies to find a family member, for example. I also kept a memory card filled with old photos, and a compact USB stick with important documents and pictures.
The next few pages consist of sensitive material like Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, University Degrees, Vaccine Cards and job information so I have not added it here.
The contacts section also has business card holders for binders and consists of important numbers like various doctors for different family members, car related, home related etc.
In the I.D. section I photocopied drivers licenses of family members along with Social Security Cards, including parents and siblings.
The last thing inside the binder is a notebook in case I need to record any important information.
Finally, at the back of the binder I stuck in this piece of paper, also by A Bowl Full of Lemons, which contains all emergency phone number. I didn’t want to be fidgeting through the binder in case of some disaster so adding it to the back allows very quick access!
I hope this post has inspired you in some ways to prepare for emergencies and organize all of your essential documents! You never know when you could be needing it! I have been told many times that people wish they had something like this during natural disasters like hurricanes, as they lost all of their paperwork.