This week the library received a new book that can help with a difficult, but necessary issue. If something happened to you, would your family know where to find all of your important records and documents? Most of us are somewhat disorganized which can make it difficult for others to locate everything they need in an emergency.

The book Get it Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have To by Melanie Cullen is a complete guide to collecting and organizing your important papers and information to help those who will have to take care of your affairs. It provides step by step instructions on what they will need to know and how you can organize it all to make things as easy as possible for them. You will learn how to make a records binder that will include things like estate planning documents, funeral arrangements, insurance policies, employment records, tax records, retirement and bank accounts, and other instructions. You will even learn how to securely store passwords and other sensitive information so that only those who need access to them will get it.

While having things organized for our loved ones is important, the book can also help us now. By gathering all of our records and documents, we will have easy access when we need them. We can also see exactly what we have and if we have perhaps overlooked some important details in our planning. This gives us an opportunity to make sure that everything is the way we want it.