We all know the panic that sets in when you are asked for your daughter’s birth certificate at kindergarten registration, or you need to find your credit card information after our wallet is stolen. Knowing where to find and how to categorize important personal and financial documents will keep your mind at ease and your space uncluttered.
After weeding through the box or bag of bills, documents, and financial statements and keeping only those that are necessary, categorize them in a system that is most relevant to you. A way to have easy access to your important paperwork is to keep them filed in a crate, box or metal filing cabinet with hanging folders for the main categories and subcategories within each folder
Here are Some Ideas for Filing to get you Started:
|Vehicle titles, maintenance record, receipts
|Monthly statement, account and pin numbers
|Current bills due, last month’s paid bills
|Employment contracts, other legal contracts
|A list of all credit cards, account numbers and numbers for lost or stolen cards.
|Diplomas, certificates, report cards, test scores and transcripts for all in household
|All essential information on banking, insurance policies, and phone numbers of attorneys and accountants in case an emergency happens to the primary financial executor of the home.
|Employee handbook and benefits brochure, pay advice, evaluations, resume, job history, and references
|Written financial plan, budget
|Family health records, vaccine records, Names and numbers of family doctors
|List of receipts and records for any home repairs or lawn services
|All insurance policies you currently have (auto, life, home, medical, etc.) along with phone number of agents/companies
|All investment statements for IRA, 401K, pension plan, etc.
|Previous and current loans (auto, home equity loan, student loans, etc.) and lender information
|Vet info, copy of license and vaccines
|Birth and death certificates, social security cards, passports, etc. These should be copied and filed, with originals in a fireproof safe.
|W-2’s, charitable donations, and all other documentation for current tax year along with last the three – seven years of tax returns.
|Latest monthly statement for phones, cable, internet, water, garbage, sewage, etc.
|Warranty agreement for appliances, electronics, etc.
|Living will, estate planning, and beneficiary information
With a little time, and a small financial investment in filing organizing system you can keep your mind at ease and your kitchen counter free of clutter.
What filing system works best for you?