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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



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.


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.

Choosing What to Protect with Peace of Mind Organizing


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


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!  


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!