Get Organized in 2012 – Week 30

It’s time to play a game.

I say this because it is time to organize the important documents in your life. This may require a scavenger hunt through your house, or hide and seek through your file cabinets, but if you can’t locate your Family’s Life Documents quickly and easily this is a must. Trust me, you’ll sleep better at night, once this organizing project is complete.

Depending on your situation, this task may take a short time or maybe the whole week. Give yourself as much time as necessary, but start today.

What are your Family’s Life Documents? Here is a list of what I recommend you consider vital documents and how long I suggest you keep them.

  • Adoption papers                       Permanent
  • Birth certificate                         Permanent
  • Children’s grades                      Until graduation
  • Citizenship papers                     Permanent
  • Copy right/Patents                    Permanent
  • Death certificate                        Permanent
  • Diploma                                       Permanent
  • Divorce settlement                    Permanent
  • Jury service                               Until next duty
  • Letter of “Last Instructions”    Permanent
  • Life Insurance                            As long as you own
  • Marriage certificate                   Permanent
  • Military service                          Permanent
  • Naturalization papers                Permanent
  • Passport                                     Until receipt of renewed passport
  • Pet papers                                  For life of pet
  • Power of Attorney                     Permanent
  • Resume                                      As long as current
  • Social Security                          Permanent
  • Travel incentive award           Until expiration
  • Trust document                       Until expiration or settlement
  • Will                                             Until settlement of all claims

If you missed week 29 of Get Organized in 2012 check it out here.



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