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March 8, 2014

MAKING CENTS: It’s time to get organized

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — If I have learned anything over the last couple of years, it is that organizing your home and your life is probably one of the most important things you can do.

I’ve lost a lot of loved ones and have had to endure the task of taking care of their personal matters or helping others take care of their personal matters. This has taught me some valuable lessons that I think should be passed on.

First and foremost, organize all of your important papers including life insurance policies, will and testament, retirement account papers and information, bank account information, a list of creditors and companies that you pay monthly payments to along with the account numbers, approximate monthly due dates, and most importantly — your login information and password if you pay bills online. Keep all of this information in one place and let someone you trust know where it all is.

Take the time to go through photographs and label them with the names of the individuals in the pictures, their relationship to you and others. There is nothing worse then losing a loved one, going through family photos, and realizing that you wish you had asked who everyone was in those old photos; it’s your family history.

Write down all your family’s favorite recipes and keep them in a safe place. Do the same thing with all of the little family remedies and more. These things are so important to your loved ones.

Here are some more things to knock of your list:


I cannot tell you how daunting of a task it is to have to go through a loved ones home and personal possessions at a time when you are grieving.

Undoubtedly, we all have a lot of clutter and senseless accumulations of knick-knacks that we have boxed and stored away with all the good intentions of donating or selling in a yard sale some day. Most times, some day never comes and those boxes just accumulate dust and take up space.

Go through all of those things and donate them, or if you really want to try and make some money but don’t want to have a yard sale, consider selling them via consignment.

There is a little known treasure right here in your backyard — Spring Street Trading Co. They are always accepting quality consignments, estate liquidations, downsizing, cleanouts and more. For more information, call or email Sher Walker at 502-938-3014 or email her at

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