The most important thing to remember, when you have piles of stuff to “organize” is, “What are your PRIORITIES?” A rare ancestor’s photo is more important than one of a hundred shots of the dog at the beach. So, selectively go through your piles and set aside the most irreplaceable, important items: certificates, ancestor’s photos, prescriptions and medical records, passports and other legal papers… If you wait till the last minute before an emergency, you may have very little time, if any, to GRAB n’ GO! For instance, I’d hate to loose the photo of me in the buff (see photo on left) that my Mom hand colored in oil. Do you have treasured family history items that are “one of a kind”? Start thinking about saving your most important things FIRST.
So, here are two great tips, after you’ve decided what’s a priority:
1. Make a copy of these super important items (scan onto computer or photocopy) and send a copy to a relative or friend to keep for you. And keep a copy in another location besides your house.
2. Putting those few “super important” items into an album (a high quality archival album costs $10 at Walmart!) and store them in an easy-to-get-to place (grab n’ go).
If a disaster hasn’t happened to you yet, you have time to prepare before a disaster occurs. For more tips and instructions, check out what’s on www.saveyourstuff.com. There’s lots of free stuff to download.