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Keeping Important Documents

 

The pod today was sparked by a former client who called asking for information on a claim from 10 years prior. We discussed the importance of keeping paperwork for warranties/claims and suggestions on how to store them.

The folks at Real Simple have this article on how to organize & store important paperwork:

– Separate in to Categories. Split your paperwork into stacks of like-associations (household, medical, warranties. etc.) so you can create a separate folder or binder for each.

– Label Accordingly. Create tabs for general categories (household,etc.) and drill down from there with tabs for individual categories (for example, a “Household – Mechanical” tab for invoices/warranties of appliances or work done to the home). Alphabetize for ease of finding what you need when you need it.

– Choose Size Wisely. Do you need a 6 inch binder or will a 2 inch binder suffice? Will a fire-proof filing box work better? No sense in purchasing a full size filing cabinet when a filing box or a couple of binders would work.

– Store Conveniently. Do you have items that you will access more than a few times a year? Don’t store them on a high closet shelf or in some out-of-the-way place.

– Sort Incoming. It’s best to have one designated area of the kitchen or front hall to put paperwork waiting to be sorted/put away as it accumulates. Once you have a good pile, then go through the process of sorting/storing.

– Clear Out Unnecessary. Every 6 months or so, go through your binders/folders and purge those items which are old/outdated/irrelevant. Documents pertaining to household repairs or taxes they suggest keeping for 3 years, we recommend at least 5 years just to be safe.
We highly recommend checking out the article from Real Simple for more tips on handling the clutter of paperwork/documents in your home!

 

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