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by Donna D. McMillan, Island Organizers

DecoFlex  What happens when loose papers and small notes are buried in piles? We don't know what's there and can't do what we need to do. My longtime mantra is: "Paperwork that is lying down is sleeping or hiding. When it's standing up, it can communicate with you."

The Decoflex® box by Oxford® and Pendaflex® has been my favorite organizing tool for many years. A desktop file storage box with hanging folders and labeled tabs creates a highly-effective Paperwork Management System. Each tab designates a specific category or task and identifies folders' contents. This handy solution eliminates piles, wasted time and stress related to lost notes and vital documents. Learn more

"HOT ACTION FILES" -- This is the perfect tool to hold "active" documents, unpaid bills and other important To-Do's.  Once they're separated into categories: To Call, To Pay, To Input, Waiting For Reply, etc., the appropriate actions can be taken in a timely manner.  This is a temporary "home" for paperwork; it is not for storage.

PROJECTS --  Create a mailbox for your office staff, manage info for a client's project, store details while planning a move or a party, and save notes for an organization's committee.

FILING SYSTEMS -- In limited space, filing systems can be created using several of these portable containers. Each holds a different category of files and is labeled on the end of box, ie: 2012 Income, Paid Bills, Investments, Medical Records. They fit nicely on a bookcase or on shelves in a closet. 

Other versions are available in acrylic, plastic, mesh, metal & cardboard. Buy online at Office Depot, Office Max and the Container Store.  In Honolulu, visit local stores: Simply Organized and Fisher Hawaii. NOTE: Organizing products don't usually come with instructions!

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Posted By IOTeam

by Donna D. McMillan, Island Organizers

What would you do if yours was lost or stolen?  According to the FBI, “a wallet or purse is the most concentrated place that your personal identification is stored and therefore is the most vulnerable asset that you have.” Read more.  

Don't panic, it’s easier to deal with when you're prepared for any disaster. 

What's in your wallet?

Cash, checks, driver's license, debit/credit cards, insurance and membership cards and more. Photocopy/scan front and back of all cards. Seniors, protect your identity on Medicare cards.

What's in your purse or briefcase? 

Checkbook, keys, glasses, cell, iPod, laptop, flash drives.  Anything else?

Do Now

  • In a secure location, keep copies of cards and papers you carry with you, plus an up-to-date inventory and photos of all valued possessions. 
  • Keep a current list of credit cards, contact info, account numbers, pin numbers.
  • Do NOT carry social security card or number. Protect your identity!
  • Label keys and tech tools with business phone number and address not home address.
  • Back-up all data often. Replacing valuable information is overwhelming!

If Loss Or Theft Happens

Report to Lost and Found, Police, DMV, bank, insurance companies, credit reporting agencies, credit card companies and any other agencies.

Police Department websites can help.  

Declutter your wallet, purse and briefcase often. Have you ever lost these possessions?

Your Disaster Plan Is Not Just A Kit

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