When you finish up this organizing exercise you will have created a household notebook that documents your home filing system.
This notebook will hold everything anyone would want to know about your household. It holds information about all your personal files and finance files.
This notebook can be used in several ways and will become a very important document in your household.
If you want to create such a notebook, organize it into the four categories mentioned in Home Filing Systems. Those categories would be Personal Records, Assets, Liabilities and Insurance.
Create a page for each item you need to include in the book. For a list of the types of paperwork you should include, see Files to Organize. You can use this list as a guide to what needs to be included in the household notebook.
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Next you should make sure that any documents that need an original (for example birth certificates, death certificates, anything that needs to be "verified") are kept safe in a safe deposit box or a fire proof file. You can keep a copy in your household notebook.
There are a few things you need to do to make sure your notebook is complete.
If your book is in electronic format please back it up to a memory stick and give to someone for safe keeping. Or you can put it in your safety deposit box.
If your book is in manual format make sure you can quickly grab it and protect it. You will also want to take it with you in cases of emergency or evacuation.
If you have no one you trust enough, or have no family relations, you can use a trust service or an attorney. See you bank or attorney for more information on these services.
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