Yesterday I discovered that I had accidentally thrown something away of great importance to my mother. It was in a bag that I mistook for garbage in our garage. My mother has a way of putting things in certain types of bags because it's easier for her and it works for her. My mother is a very successful and smart woman and raised four children all on her own... so I have never and will never question her methods. I simply feel as though I don't have any right to. But the fact that this happened has made me think long and hard about how unorganized I am and how it's very possible the same thing could've happened to me. I further thought, what if we were hit with a natural disaster? Sure we'd have food, water, first aid etc... but If I had to go through a damaged home like they are having to do in Joplin, MO... I would have no idea what was where and what I lost because I am no where near as organized as I should be. I have absolutely no excuse either... I have a filing cabinet for documents, I have containers, label makers, etc... the means to be 100% organized. So today I begin.
I do not expect to be done by this weekend but I am very motivated to make it happen. Little by little I will get rid of piles of paperwork that aren't necessary to keep and file what is important away and I will have a place for everything. Something else I'm going to do that I saw on the news last night is make a video of your home documenting your belongings. I thought this was a great idea! They went as far as telling us to document the types of floors you had and any upgrades you made to your home inside and out... even something like a concrete driveway. They advised that taking any type of video... even if it was on your smartphone is good enough and to make sure and store it somewhere online or at another location preferably out of town so it can always be accessible.
So I think after I am able to check "Being Organized" off my list, I will feel a lot more "Prepared". Think about some of your important documents or valued belongings... do you know where they are? If you needed anything like that tomorrow could you go straight to where it's at and grab it? Or would you spend hours or even days looking for it. You don't have to do it all in one day... just take those first things that pop into your head, create a place for them and keep them there. Don't forget... taking a video documentary of your home is a great idea for anyone!