How to make a Family document binder, saving you a headache and preparing you for emergencies and last-minute forgetfulness.

Family document binders are amazing.

They keep you organized, ready to go at a moment’s notice and keep you from misplacing those birth certificates you keep buying because you lost the first set.

If you’re anything like me, you don’t like driving anywhere. You’d prefer to just order certificates online and have them shipped to you.

Of course, they are significantly more expensive this way. But if you never lost that last copy in the first place, you luck out on not paying fees AND not wasting time. You also save on gas or your energy.

I’d call that a win!

First, you’ll need to gather the necessary items.

3 ring binder
Plastic sheet page covers/protectors
Divider tabs
Pen or marker
Important family documents
Blank sheet of paper


Now as you’ll notice, throughout my blog posts you will see that I almost always have to have a plan of action before trying to do anything.

Many failed past projects have thought me a lifelong lesson in staying organized.

Ha!

Take your writing instrument and l sheet of paper, number the paper in list format with the number of page tab dividers you have.

Usually 8,10 or 12 depending on which pack you bought.

How to make a Family document binder, saving you a headache and preparing you for emergencies and last-minute forgetfulness.
My list. I kept the top one blank so I could do a cover page, but I have yet to get around to it.


Now ask yourself how you want to organize these.

You can categorize by person, or by document type.

I chose to organize by person, and put the older, less used documents towards the back of their section and the ones I keep needing towards the front (such as birth certificates.)

Now fill it up in whatever order makes the most sense to you.

How to make a Family document binder, saving you a headache and preparing you for emergencies and last-minute forgetfulness.
Filled and ready to go.


You can even go the extra step of decorating it up with family photos or printing off something pretty if you want to make it look unforgettable and amazing.

Or you can do the bare minimum, like I did.. and not even bother with trying to have good penmanship.

May not win a beauty contest, but it works.

Ha-ha!

How to make a Family document binder, saving you a headache and preparing you for emergencies and last-minute forgetfulness.
Some think this is ugly, I think its straight to the point.


So now when I need to get a copy of my children’s vaccine records, birth certificates, or show my marriage certificate, I have it all conveniently located in one place.

Saving me the stress of trying to track everything down.

*For safety reasons, please use your brain to decide upon the best storage for this binder once filled, while convenient to you, it can also be convenient to a thief if they wanted to take your identity or wreak havoc on your life. A locked fireproof case seems to be a better option then on the open bookshelf in the living room.

Since writing this post I have upgraded to a more detailed family binder. I now have emergency contact forms, detailed pages on our families medical history and feel 100% confident that in case of an emergency, I can have all the info I need, at just the turn of a page.

[Related] I have also created special papers for my binder with grammatically correct information so I can remember important facts and details about my children and situation.

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