After two-plus decades of marriage, Patrick and Nancy had household responsibilities down to a well-choreographed dance: Patrick managed the bills and investments, while Nancy handled the meals and kept the house in good repair. If Nancy didn’t cook dinner, Patrick could always order take-out; but if anything ever happened to Patrick, Nancy wouldn’t have the slightest clue where to find important family records, financial documents, or the key to their safe deposit box.
Nancy and Patrick’s division of labor is perfectly ok, but in the event of trouble – a misplaced wallet, records lost in a flood, just plain old forgetfulness – you need an index of your most important records, a “Vital Documents Map” I call it, so you and your family know where everything is. In five steps, you’ll gain the peace of mind in knowing you’ll be able to find what you need when you need it.
New York Times bestselling author Julie Morgenstern is an organizing and time-management expert, business productivity consultant and speaker. Her company, Julie Morgenstern Enterprises, is dedicated to using her philosophies and methods to provide a wide range of practical solutions that transform the way people and companies function.