Well everyone has at least 1 or 2 old 3-ring binders lying around. Some of us actually collect (i.e. hoard) them because we just love paperwork and pens and pencils and notebooks and…. if you’re one of those people, you know who you are!
But binders (or 3-ring notebooks) are our friends, and have so many incredible uses! I recommend that every family have at least 1 binder for “Home Organization”, that stays out in a prominent place where it can be easily located. This is especially important if you have children, because it can be a lifesaver for the babysitter and save you tons of time on family trips.
Make several sections for your binder. You can use dividers w/tabs, but I prefer using sheet protectors, because you can put important documents in them without having to punch holes. Several key sections should be labeled: Emergency Contacts, Medical Information, Important Document Locations, Important Dates. You can add or change these as applies to you and your family.
This is NOT the place to keep official documents, such as wills, insurance policies or tax returns! But you should have a list that describes where those documents can be found (i.e. in the safe, the filing cabinet, etc.) in the event that someone else needs to come into your home when you can’t, and find these things. Under Emergency Contacts, list relatives or neighbors who can help in a crisis, your doctor’s numbers, the number to your alarm company, etc. You get the picture!
You can make the binder as decorative as you wish, but the main thing is to keep it UPDATED and HANDY!