Benefit: In Case of Emergency

On Monday, "in case of emergency" was a major reason why you should get rid of extreme clutter.

In today's post, "in case of emergency" is a major benefit from maintaining an organized home.

Let's say we have the same scenario - a major emergency has unfortunately struck you or your home. Now, in an organized home you can find specifically what you need, when you need it.

If something happens to your home, it will be easier to grab beloved items and photos (as well as major papers). When your home isn't trashed with clutter to begin with, it's easier to see what is going on to determine losses and damages. While nothing will completely negate the frustration that the situation will cause, not having clutter to begin with will at least mitigate the situation.

If something were to happen to you, people need to know about important papers. Medications. Anything you may need in the event of a personal emergency. Monday's post received a comment from Barbara, sharing a wonderful resource:

There’s a free solution –a WRAP plan- Wellness Recovery Action Plan, created originally for those with mental health issues but now used nationwide. Locally the course is offered by the Mental Health Association in Fort Worth. During the course each person builds a individual binder of needed info based on their own needs. For example–there are sections on financial, medical, categories for many areas. The class is thoughtful and helped me to consider what someone would need to know if I was hurt or unconscious. It’s another great tool for a fabulous life.

If you don't have something like this already in place, make sure that you have all of your important papers in a safe place and clearly marked. Also make sure that you have at least a couple of close family/friends that know the location off all your important papers. It also wouldn't hurt to have these things scanned and in a separate folder on your computer.

Start taking action now to declutter your home and organize it so that if you're ever caught in an emergency, you'll be better prepared. We can't prevent bad things from happening, but we can take steps to be better prepared.