Organizing for the “What if” Day!

Password Protection………Password Cheat Sheet

As my husband and I get older, “what if” scenarios constantly pop into our heads as we are dealing with the consequences of getting older, taking care of an elderly mother and trying to help our adult children and grandchildren.  Life seems to have literally whizzed by since my parents and father-in-law passed away, to the point where we have to take stock of our own mortality.  I’m not trying to be depressing, but there is a certain reality in taking a moment to enjoy what is important in life and leaving the negative behind.  For us, that means cleaning house…….both figuratively and literally! Life is too short to waste on things that don’t really matter in the end!

Over the last 10 years, we’ve helped several family members move.  One thing they all have in common is all the junk that’s been accumulated. People who collect things always feel that they can’t throw away a certain item because it may come in handy some day, but that day never comes and then that item sits somewhere never to be seen again (it never did come in handy),  until moving day, or until someone else has to deal with it in the event of a death. Someone once said to me that what may be a treasure today, will probably be junk tomorrow. But, I digress………..

What does that have to do with passwords, you ask?  Well the same thing goes for passwords and things you store online.  There are so many places online that you have to register with a username and pick out yet another password. Some you may visit again, and others may end up forgotten.  Both my husband and I have accounts and passwords that neither of  us knows about or may not be up to date.  We are working on organizing, but I shudder to think what would happen tomorrow if my hubby (God forbid) were to pass away.  He has things online that I wouldn’t have a clue where to find, never mind  his usernames and passwords….and vice versa. To that end, I’ve started recording everything that I need a password for on a “Password Cheat Sheet” to be printed and stored in our safety deposit box, and updated regularly should there be any changes.  With cyber security issues, I don’t feel comfortable storing such a document on my computer, but would rather store on a USB key that is kept in the safety deposit box as added insurance.

This is one of the many steps we are taking should the unthinkable happen to either of us.  To that end, I have created a fillable PDF form to record the information and am happy to share with you.  Just click on this link.

This is just a start in organizing for the “what if” scenario……Stay tuned!


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