Five Organizers to Make Life Easier

The luxury of having your own personal assistant is in your grasp. No, not the sleep-deprived, over-caffeinated human kind. We’re talking about your own efficient and organized recordkeeping system that’s portable, easy to update and available when you need it.

But first you’ll have to build it. And we’re here to help.

Here are five must-have organizers to make your life easier. They’re easy to put together. Get started with a durable, long-lasting binder such as an Avery Binder. Add dividers to organize your stuff in a snap. And we won’t sugarcoat it, you’ll have to put in a little time assembling it. But consider it time well spent grooming your assistant so it’ll be customized to fit your needs and ready to serve you like a champ.

Take a look at these five organizers, and see how they can help you get more organized.

The refrigerator died. Where’s your warrranty? Oh, right here in your HOME REFERENCE BINDER.

Tired of rifling through loose paperwork? This household guidebook makes it easy to locate the information you need to keep the home running smoothly. Customize it to fit your needs. This binder can also come in handy for your babysitter or housesitter as a reference when you’re not around.

What’s in it: Emergency contacts and emergency plans. Home and car maintenance records, such as warranties and receipts. School info and numbers. Service reminders. Family calendars. Take-out menus. Meal-planning guides.
  Home Reference Binder


The TV was stolen, you said. Do you have proof you owned it, your insurance company asked. End the agonizing debate with your RECORD OF VALUABLES BINDER.

When misfortune strikes, some things in life are irreplaceable. But for the things that can be replaced, it’s a good idea to keep a catalog of the valuables you own. Catalog your valuable goods using a binder, and it’ll help answer detailed questions about your possessions when you talk to those insurance folks.

What’s in it: Insurance policies. Itemized list of valuables (consider organizing by location, such as “living room” and “bedroom” or by type, such as “electronics” and “collectibles”) with as much info as possible, such as purchase receipts, serial numbers and pictures of your valuables.

You changed your prescription on what date? Well, let’s just consult the HEALTH RECORDS BINDER.

The history of “you” can have many chapters. So when you’re meeting with a health-care professional, make sure what you share is accurate. Keep track of your family’s health-related events with a detailed health-record binder.

What’s in it: Family medical histories. Health insurance info. Contact info for the family doctor, dentist, optometrist, specialists. Medications, immunization records, procedures done. Allergies and other health issues. Living wills and advance directives.

  Health Records Binder

What happens when disaster strikes and you have to evacuate the premises? Let your EMERGENCY BINDER come to the rescue.

It’s a situation no one wants to be in, but what if you have to evacuate your home because of a fire or other disaster? A “grab and go” emergency binder should contain the essentials and hard-to-replace documents. But the safety of you and others should come first. So if you aren’t able to get to your binder, keep a duplicate binder in a different location, such as a relative’s house.

What’s in it: Cash and/or credit card(s). Important documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, Social Security cards, car titles, insurance policies. Contact information. Photos, digital files and other important files stored in your computer. Medications.
  Emergency Binder

Whoa, it’s tax time again? Rest easy—you won’t have to start from scratch when you calmly refer to last year’s paperwork in your TAX BINDER.

A good starting block to filling out this year’s tax paperwork is by using last year’s return as a reference, particularly if you haven’t had a life-changing event in the past year.

What’s in it: Past years’ tax returns. Tax forms. Receipts for business, medical, real estate tax and charitible contributions for deductions. The phone number to your tax preparer. A packet of unexpired pain reliever. Just kidding. You’ve got this, right?