If your house were on fire, what would you grab first?. I am assuming my family (including the pets) are all out safe and sound and we all have our cell phones and chargers [since we generally have them on our persons!] I think I would probably grab the checkbook, some photographs, legal documents, diplomas, my laptop, and a little bank that my dad gave me for my first Christmas.
We have an art gallery in our town Art Intersection. About 6 weeks ago the featured artist for the month did an entire exhibit on this topic. He interviewed multiple people and had them actually [under timed conditions] run in and grab things. It was interesting to see what people chose. Some chose sentimental things, some practical things.
It really does point to the necessity of a few things: having all of your important legal documents (including tax forms etc) all in one central place. Experts recomment a safety deposit box for this. On my lengthy things to do list is the job of scanning all of our photos and storing them either in the computer, the cloud, or on an external hard drive. As I said, ‘it’s on the list’. Then you have to get into the debate—store photos and legal documents offsite/onsite/onlie
Obviously, all of the things can be replaced. But it would make life much easier if we had the bank account info, tax info, cell phones, computers, legal documents, diplomas, and photos. It is good to have a plan, I think! Once again, my plan to organize and de-clutter needs to re-take center stage in my life.