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Choosing What to Protect with Peace of Mind Organizing

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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.

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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.

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.

 

Peace of Mind for a Lifetime

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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!

What do you keep safe?

SentrySafe offers a wide variety products to keep your important items protected from fire, flood and theft.  It’s a place to keep important documents, valuable memories and keepsakes protected and organized.  And even though I work here, I recently had a personal reminder of what that meant.  Two weeks away from our wedding, my fiancé and I were tearing apart the house looking for his birth certificate.  We recently purchased our home safe, but hadn’t quite gotten it out of the box yet.  It was a crazy moment, and we feared we wouldn’t be able to get a marriage license in time for our wedding.  Thankfully we found it!   As soon as it was discovered hidden under a depth of unimportant papers, I knew exactly where to put it next.  Now our Fire-Resistant Safe is full with important documents and photos!

But it got me thinking, what do my fellow employees keep safe?

“I started working at Sentry in August of 1985 in Customer Service, I quickly learned the value of Sentry safes with the testimonial letters and photos we would receive. I think to me among the most precious items that I store in my Sentry safe are our wedding photos proof book, the negatives from the photos through the years and most recently a digital copy of our photos.”  -Ellie Kelly, Sales Administration Manager

“I keep our wedding videos, and the photos of the birth of our 2 boys in our safe at home.  In the end everything is replaceable except our past’s most important memories..” – Anthony DeSalvo, Web Development Manager

“Art has been a lifelong passion of mine and I always have a little sketchbook with me. Over time I have filled several books with sketches of the places I have been and people I have met. They have become as much journals as sketchbooks with each drawing reminding me of a moment in time. I would hate for anything to happen to them so i keep them in a Guardian storage box.”  Josh Coon, Senior Brand Manager

“I would want to store my children’s pictures and my memory box in a SentrySafe.  My memory box contains special pictures of my father and Michael Jackson memorabilia.  Both MJ and my father died within three months of each other and it would mean a great deal to me if these items were preserved.”  -Veronica Dasher, Customer Service Supervisor

“One thing I would want to keep protected in my safe would be all of my son’s artwork.  His time, hard work and effort to create this art, in addition to all my important documents, are priceless to me.” –Joanne Straub, Marketing Production Manager

 

But now we want to know? What do you keep safe? 

Submit a photo to the SentrySafe Is it Safe? Facebook Contest by June 20th, 2013 for your chance to win $500!  Visit https://apps.facebook.com/ss_is_it_safe/ for more details! 

#GetOrganized Twitter Party with The Joyful Organizer

How is that New Year’s resolution coming?  You know the one where you promised yourself you would clean out the garage, put your photos and documents in a safe place, and just generally get your home and family a little more organized this year.  Not so well?  You’re not alone.  Almost 80% of New Year’s resolutions aren’t kept.  But there’s still time to get yourself back on track!

Join us (@SentrySafe) February 7th at 7:30 PM EST on Twitter with The Joyful Organizer (@thejoyfulorg) to learn great tips to get yourself back on the road to home organization.  You’ll also have the chance to win great SentrySafe products to help you keep your important documents and valuables safe from fire, flood and theft.  Just remember to use the hash tag #getorganized to follow along the conversation.

Visit us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SentrySafe

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