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Top Reasons Buying a Safe Should be Your New Year’s Resolution

There are so many reasons why you should own a safe.  From helping you to get more organized to providing protection for the items you value most, a safe is an invaluable purchase because it provides you with peace of mind.  And really who couldn’t use a little more of that?

Still not convinced?  Check out these top reasons why you should buy a safe this year!  And for even more helpful hints, for all your resolutions, follow SentrySafe on Pinterest!

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Top 10 tips for setting (and keeping) your resolutions this year

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For many people, the new year feels like a new beginning. It can be a great time to set new goals and create new year’s resolutions. Here are my top ten tips to help you create new year’s resolutions that will stick in 2015.

  • Make them realistic. It’s really easy to get discouraged when you don’t make quick progress toward your goal. One way around that is to create smaller goals. For example, if you want to get in shape, start with “exercise weekly,” rather than “go to the gym every day.” You can always exceed your goal. But if you set your sights too high, you might give up entirely.
  • Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. It can be much more rewarding to work toward something than away from it. Think, “I want to be in great shape,” rather than “I don’t want to be fat.”
  • Write them down. Putting your resolutions or goals into writing helps solidify them in your mind. It’s great to have them in tangible form.
  • Invest in the resources that will help you succeed. You might want to hire a professional organizer if your goal is to declutter. Or a decorator if your goal is to redecorate your home. Investing in the right supplies is helpful too. If one of your goals is disaster preparedness, you buy a fireproof safe to keep your valuables out of harm’s way.
  • Take tiny steps toward your goal. The idea of running a marathon in 2015 might feel impossible. But if you start out running a couple of miles and gradually build up, it might feel achievable. Put together a plan of baby steps that will get you where you want to be.
  • Act daily. It’s much easier to create a daily habit than a less frequent one. If your resolution involves daily action, link it to something you’re already doing daily. For example, if you want to start taking vitamins every day, take them while you’re eating breakfast, assuming you do that daily. (I blogged about linking new habits with old a few years ago.)
  • Remind yourself. Sometimes the hardest thing about creating a new goal or resolution is keeping it top of mind. You can write yourself a note and put it on your mirror. Or consider wearing your watch on the other wrist or ring on another finger so that when notice it, you’ll be reminded. I have a friend who paints one fingernail in glittery polish to remind herself of her goal.
  • Get some accountability. Publicly declaring your goal can be really helpful. And reporting to an individual on a daily basis—perhaps someone who is pursuing the same or similar goals—can really keep you on track.
  • Mark a calendar. Simply putting an X on your calendar when you have accomplished your daily goal can be very powerful. You don’t want to break the chain, so you go out of the way to stick to your resolution.
  • Be kind to yourself. You may backslide when it comes to your resolutions—it’s not uncommon to start off strong at the beginning of the year but fade a few weeks later as life takes over. Instead of beating yourself up about it, acknowledge your lapse and get back on track.

I’m one of those folks who loves to set new goals at the beginning of the year. (Regular exercise is at the top of my list this year!) I hope we all have a 2015 filled with accomplishments and great habits.

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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.

Keep Your Home Safe for the Holidays

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The holiday season is a time for family traditions and making new memories. People travel near and far to spend time with their families and exchange gifts. Unfortunately, it’s also a busy time of the year for burglars.  You may be leaving you and your home vulnerable to those looking for expensive electronics and valuable gifts without even realizing it.  But there are steps you can take to ensure your home is safe for the holidays.

BackSeat_Car_GiftsWhen you’re out shopping, make sure bags and boxes aren’t conspicuous from the outside looking in.  A backseat full of shopping bags could catch the eye of someone in the mall parking lot.

If shopping online, be sure to take steps to secure your personal information.  Don’t save log in information on your mobile phone, but store users names, passwords and other private information securely with the Master Lock Vault®

BigBolts_SafeMake sure your valuables and important documents are stored safely in a home safe.  Not only do they protect against the risk of theft, but many SentrySafe home safes protect against fire and flood too!

People are likely coming and going from your home throughout the holiday season.  Make sure all doors, windows and sliding glass doors are securely locked after guests depart.  Consider a Master Lock 265D Door Security Bar for additional security that’s quick and easy-to-use.

Be wary of updating social media platforms with your whereabouts.  You may be letting more than just your friends know about your holiday vacation plans, leaving your home vulnerable to theft.

Packages_At_DoorIf you are planning on going away, make sure you stop your mail, newspaper or other delivery services. If you have a neighbor coming to water your plants or taking care of an animal, consider storing your spare key in a key safe for easy-access to authorized users.

Burglaries can happen to anyone no matter how much you prepare, but the discovery of an alarm can be enough to deter a burglar.  Consider installing a security system and/or buying a home safe that has a loud audible alarm.

Cash, electronics and jewelry are often vulnerable to theft while traveling.  Keep them secure with a portable security safe you can tether securely like the SentrySafe Portable Digital Security Safe.

These are just a few of the things you can do to make sure your home and family are safe for the holidays.  Got other tips to help families have a safe and happy holiday season? Help us spread the word by sharing them on Facebook & Twitter using hashtag #safefortheholidays!

To Have and Hold On To

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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.