Important document storage is a hot topic amongst my friends lately. We are a generation who is trying to minimize the number of things we keep in our homes. We want less stuff. Also, we just don’t really go with the status quo all that well. My husband is a digital guy. He loves tech. It’s what he does for a living so I can’t really say that I blame him so early on in our relationship he sent me a comic that was a wife handing her husband a tablet through the door when he asked for toilet paper. This was in response to the fact that he constantly told her paper was old school. My husband isn’t that bad, but he has changed my life.
Before, I was a straight up pen and paper gal. I had a planner. And different color markers for different types of tasks. Grocery lists strewn throughout the house on various strips of scrap paper. It was bad, ya’ll. I’d literally never have my grocery list when I needed it by the way. The digital revolution in my house literally made it so much easier to shop! That didn’t alleviate the need to have and protect our important documents though.
What are those important documents? Where should you store them?
The answer might be slightly different for everyone considering your life circumstances, but I’d say the safest bet for storage is a fireproof lockbox. This is HUGE for me considering how far we live from where my husband and son were born. It would be more difficult to retrieve their birth certificates than it would be for myself or my daughter. I was born 2 hours from where we live now.
These important documents will be something that you need to retrieve over and over again. That is the main reason I suggest storing them all in a central location. I also recommend not moving this location without telling EVERYONE in your house. Yes, I am talking about telling your kids too. They need to know in case of an emergency. We hate to think of a situation in which we won’t be around to help our children navigate this world, but it is possible and they will need to lead someone to your important documents in order to file paperwork in those cases. Mostly because they will be the most familiar with your house and your filing systems.