Look, a post NOT about Lily's monthly milestones! Madness!
This is a project I have been working on for quite a while and finally finished enough to be able to share here - our family binder.
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While the original point of the binder was to be prepared for Mike's or my death, I also expanded it for other emergencies, as well as being a landing place for the day to day running of our home. The first page of the binder is a copy of the safety plan that we are required by DHS (as a foster family) to have posted in our home. It has our emergency procedures for fire, tornado and blizzard; as well as the local phone numbers for police, fire, gas, poison control, first nurse and the DHS after hours line. It ends with a local contact (my sister Amanda, who lives in town) and our emergency contacts (both sets of parents).
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Next comes a profile page and financial page for my daycare "son". His page is a condensed version of the profile and medical pages, including birthday, parent contact info, identifying information, pediatrician and spaces for allergies/meds etc. as well as a photo. Then there is a page for me to keep basic records of the financial side of daycare for tax purposes.
I also made a template for the information a babysitter needs when we leave Lily for the evening - address, contact info, schedule, medical info (allergies, diaper rash, etc), information for when she's asleep (how to work the TV, what food to eat and internet password) and a repeat of the emergency information. This is actually laminated back to back with the safety plan and hanging on the fridge, so we can use dry erase marker to update it for specific dates.
Next come boring looking pages for:
- Important contacts (who would need called in an emergency) - family, connection group, bosses, lawyer and executor of will etc.)
- Important dates - birthdays, anniversaries
- Our basic packing list for trips
- Paint colors and my to-do list for the different rooms of the house
- Home Inventory - Room by room break down of items we would claim via insurance in the case of a major disaster or theft.
After that there is a two week cleaning schedule designed to help me keep up with our house during nap times - one small task per day on top of the daily tasks like straightening up the living spaces, dishes and making beds. I also have a small version of this hanging on the fridge so I can cross the days off as I do them. Side note- I am the person who adds things I've forgotten to my to-do list just to cross them off. So satisfying!
Finally come the pages that inspired the whole binder:
- A list of our account usernames and passwords, with a space at the bottom explaining my Facebook legacy contact and a request to back up pictures and blog posts for Lily.
- A list of monthly bills (provider, due date, account number and how we pay the bill)
- Our financial accounts (checking/savings/401(k)/credit cards)
- Important policies (life/car/home and health insurance) and
- And a list of the locations of other important documents and information.
Having this all together is, of course, potentially dangerous in case of theft. I would not recommend leaving it laying about in your house, but kept in a safe place that a few special people know about. If anyone is interested in a blank copy of the binder for your own family, please let me know. I would love to help personalize it to your family (pet profiles, hurricanes instead of tornadoes, etc.)