I read a post some time ago about keeping your important documents safe. I have a number of documents that I consider to be important yet I do not think that I have stored them in a safe enough manner.

I keep my documents in a plastic filing box that I got at WalMart. Now while this is okay for protecting my important papers against dust and small amounts of water it really does not do the best job possible.

In order to really protect those important papers you have two main choices:

A safety deposit box

A fire proof safe at home

You can keep items like birth certificates and marriage licenses in a safety deposit box at a bank in order to give them the highest level of protection possible. This can be costly and if you are looking to save money while you are protecting your documents then this might not be the best choice for you.

Alternatively you can invest in a fire proof safe and keep your documents at home. This will benefit you if the items are such that you do not use them on a regular basis but it would be nice to have instant access to them when you do need them.

Both of the methods listed above protect your important papers not only from dust but also from theft and water damage. Now of course I have chosen the third option right now of using my sturdy plastic box from WalMart. It has so far protected my papers from dust and water in small amounts. If (God forbid) my apartment were to flood then there is a good chance that my papers could become damaged if water got into the box. I would really like to have a small fireproof safe so that I could provide safer environment for my important papers but for now this will have to do.

How do YOU keep your important papers safe?