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Vital Documents

NAPO 2019: My Thoughts

By | Institute for Challenging Disorganization, organize, Vital Documents

I recently returned from attending the NAPO (the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) 2019 conference in Fort Worth, Texas. This is an annual conference. I’ve been a NAPO member for 14 years and this is my 10th conference. I love attending this conference (some I’ve liked better than others for a wide variety of reasons) but it’s not always practical for me to attend. Planning For Conference First of all, it’s expensive. There are no two ways about it. The hotel, travel and meals add up and then there is the conference registration fee. Once I get the…

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Paper File Maintenance

By | action, consistent, file folders, information, maintenance, paper, Piles, schedule, stacks, tasks, Vital Documents

Over the last several weeks I’ve been talking about paper. We set up action files, files for your file cabinet, and archival files. There should be no more wondering what to do with the paper as it arrives in your home. I hope you’re not thinking that once your files are organized you’re done because you’re not. A filing system only works if the system is used, updated periodically, and maintained. You know that when you print a bank statement or an investment statement you look it over, check it to make sure it’s accurate, and then file it. At…

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Paper Filing

By | accomplish, action, file folders, information, paper, Piles, recycle, Vital Documents

Last week I talked about setting up Action Files. These are the files which hold papers with which you will do something. You might file them, read them, respond to them, keep them available for easy reference. Whatever you do with these papers once you take action they leave the Action File holder and go … That’s just it. Where do they go? Which papers do you keep? Those which you know you are over and done with get rid of right away otherwise they will just add to the pile and you will need to look at them once…

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Paper Piles

By | accomplish, file folders, forgetfulness, information, paper, Piles, projects, stacks, strategy, Vital Documents

Are you buried in paper piles? Do you know what’s in the stacks? Perhaps you like to see the stack of papers as a reminder of something to take care of? Maybe it’s a group – a category – of papers that you want to have easy access to? Is there anything important or vital lurking in those piles? Could your missing passport, marriage license, social security card be hidden amongst these papers? Do you lose track of what’s there? Maybe some things slip your mind or bills are left unpaid because they remain hidden in a pile? Does that…

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Are You Prepared?

By | action, Disaster preparedness, emergency, information, natural disaster, prepare, Vital Documents

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? NAPO (the National Association of Professional Organizers) is working to make all homeowners more aware of ways they can prepare for disaster and emergenices in their homes and workplaces. So, how prepared are you? Do you have an emergency medical kit? Are you curious about the items that make up such a kit? My kit has: bandaids (a variety of sizes), gauze pads and paper tape, iodine, ant-bacterial hand santizer, latex gloves, tweezers, benadryl (topical ointment and tablets), asperin, an ace bandage and baby wipes When you put together your kit think about the sorts of…

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By | Disaster preparedness, information, Vital Documents

Tomorrow is the first day of September and as such it begins National Preparedness Month. Looking back at the events of the past week and the havoc left behind by Irene I was thinking about my family. How prepared would we be if disaster struck? How prepared are you? I admit I do not have a package of information ready to grab with my vital documents. Do you have something portable with your important information inside? I’m referring to things like social security cards, banking and other financial account numbers, birth certificates, marriage license, will… The things that identify you and that will help you…

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