Choosing What to Protect with Peace of Mind Organizing

What_To_Protect

It can be hard to think about the worst happening to the most precious items you own.

If your home caught on fire, what would you grab? It might be your kids, your purse, your pets (or all of the above). But what about your precious photos? The love letters your grandparents wrote one another that you inherited? The first tooth your child lost?

What if you weren’t home when the fire began?

There are many items that we would be devastated to lose in a fire or other calamity and it’s not feasible to think we can grab them as we evacuate our home. That’s where a fire-proof safe or storage box comes into play. If those precious items are stored in a safe place within your home, you’ll have easy access to them when you need them (unlike a safe deposit box at a bank) and you can have the peace of mind of knowing that they’re protected if the worst should happen.

So how do you decide what to store in a protected environment?

There are several categories of items that might best be stored in a fireproof safe or storage box:

  • Truly irreplaceable and important items, like inherited items, handmade items, genealogy papers and family histories. (Or backup disks of genealogy documents that are stored electronically.) Irreplaceable childhood keepsakes (a baptismal gown or a tooth for example) or items that represent major milestones (the medal from your first marathon) fit into this category.
  • Documents that you want easy access to or would be troublesome to replace, like passports, birth certificates, vehicle titles and original social security cards
  • Items you would need immediately after a fire, like insurance documents and medications lists
  • Valuables, like jewelry, a coin collection, and cash. (Leave out your pearls, though; they’re extremely temperature sensitive and can be damaged at lower temperatures, so a fire-proof safe might not protect them.)
  • Information that would help your heirs with your estate after you pass away or if you fall ill, like your will, power of attorney, and health care directives. You can also have a notebook with account numbers and passwords, along with other pertinent information. I have filled out the Exit Strategies workbook with my elderly parents and take great comfort in knowing that their financial life and their final wishes are documented. A fire-proof safe in my parents’ home is a perfect place for that workbook—assuming I have the combination.

Though a fire-proof safe or storage box can keep your important and irreplaceable items safe from fire, you want to store your items safely within the safe. Use archival, acid-free storage boxes for those delicate documents (those love letters, old photos or family histories) before storing in a safe. Place a desiccant packet in the safe to help keep items safe from humidity.

—————————————

Janine Adams, certified professional organizer and owner of Peace of Mind Organizing® in St. Louis, Missouri, has been helping clients create order in their homes since 2005. She blogs about organizing at her website and about genealogy and preserving family keepsakes at Organize Your Family History.

Enter to win a Alarm Safe and a Guardian Storage Box at the Peace of Mind Organizing blog! You can read Janine’s review and enter the giveaway here.

 

To Have and Hold On To

Blog_ToHaveAndToHold

It was such a cliché.  We met at a bar.  And I’m so glad we did, because this year I celebrated my one year anniversary with my husband Bill.  It was a perfect day, and I married my best friend.  No matter what happens in our future, I know I’ll always be thankful for that happy day and the wonderful year that has followed.  We got a puppy, painted our kitchen, landscaped our yard and made some wonderful memories along the way.  Memories I know 20 years from now I’ll want to look back on; so I’m keeping them safe in a Waterproof Fire-resistant File to share with our family as it ages and grows for years to come.

So what have I put in my file?  Here’s just a couple of little things I’m keeping safe.

The Cake Topper from Our Wedding-  It may sound cheesy, but I really love these little birds that topped our wedding.  It was such a beautiful, fun day and this little item reminds me of the sunshine and laughter that encompassed it!

The CD of Photo’s from Our Wedding-  We wanted to capture all the special moments of our big day, so we had a photo album made.  I love sharing it with everyone so it’s always out, but I keep an extra copy on a CD in our safe. That way if anything ever happens, I know our photos and memories are protected.

Important Documents- It’s not exciting but it is nice to know that our marriage certificate is safe and on hand when I need it.  I also put my old driver’s license and social security card in there.  I could have shredded these I guess, but it didn’t feel right to throw them out.  They may be the last things with my old name on them,

Our Puppy’s First Collar- Brandi isn’t just our dog, she’s a special member of our family.  In the last six months, she’s also gone from just 10 lbs of cuddles to 76 lbs of crazy! She outgrew her collar in what seemed like moments, but I kept this little memento as a reminder of the little bundle that rode home on my lap.

I know I’ll have lots more to add as the years go on, but these little tokens are just some of things I hold close to my heart and keep inside my safe.

Pinterest Contest!

So now I want to know!  What memories of your wedding, marriage and family do you keep safe? Head over to Pinterest and share your special mementos with SentrySafe for a chance to win one of five Waterproof Fire-Resistant Files!

Check out our Pinterest board for full details on how you can Pin it to Win it!  

 

SentrySafe Now Part of The Master Lock Company

On July 30, 2014, SentrySafe became part of The Master Lock Company (TMLC). Both companies represent the strongest iconic brands in their respective consumer categories– with a rich heritage and combined history of more than 175 years. Sentry Safe’s strength in security safes and protective containers combined with TMLC’s leadership position in padlocks create incremental growth opportunities through innovation, global distribution and manufacturing capabilities and expanded channels. Visit www.masterlock.com.

 

 

Peace of Mind for a Lifetime

Final Blog

At every point in our life we are creating memories that we wish we could bottle up and save.  Whether you’re moving into a new home, getting married, expecting a baby or even a grandchild, now is the perfect time to afford yourself a little peace of mind.   The things that matter most, they aren’t just hard to replace, they’re impossible.  From the drawing your child did just to say I love you or the picture of you in front of your new house, these are the memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.  Make sure they’re safe to share with generations to come by storing them in a SentrySafe chest or file.

It’s peace of mind for a lifetime. 

Check out these ideas to help you keep your precious memories safe!  

Enter to Win!

Let us know what special memories you would keep safe in your SentrySafe file or chest, for a chance to win!  Visit the SentrySafe Facebook Page and post a picture of something sentimental you would protect under the Peace of Mind for a Lifetime post! We’ll choose a winner to receive a free SentrySafe Waterproof Fire-Resistant File 7/28/14 at 10 AM EST!

A New Generation of Safe

Blog-Pic

Keeping this secret has been hard, but I’m excited to officially announce the launch of OUR NEW LINE OF CHESTS AND FILES to all of you!  These safes have been redesigned with a sleek modern look and enhanced to offer 72 hours of fire protection.  The whole factory, here in Rochester, NY, has been buzzing with anticipation since the first set of prototypes came through the building. Now we’re excited to tell anyone and everyone about these fantastic new products!

So, I went around our main offices and manufacturing facility and asked everyone “What’s your favorite thing about the new line of chests and files?” And this is what they said….

Water“The significant improvement to the water protection!”– Josie Pagani, Product Manager

“It looks strong!”  –Tim Clausen,  Information Services

“The new thought and innovation that went into designing the product. It’s well integrated.” –Aaron Thorpe, Senior Designer

File_Packaging“Love the new handles.  Makes it easier to carry around.” –Carol Vitalone, Sales Associate

“The sexy curves on the new file!” –Christina Roushey, Product Engineer

“The honeycomb pattern is really cute!” –Betty Jeffries, Office Assistant

“The improved latching system makes it easier to open and close.” -Joe DiFrancesco & Dave Fischer, Model Shop Technicians

But you don’t have to take our word for it.  Check out these fantastic new products here:  http://www.sentrysafe.com/Chests_And_Files.