One item that I have put together, that helps me to keep my household running smoothly is my Home Management Manual. It's just a three ring binder that contains the vital information that I need at a moments notice. I keep it by the phone in our kitchen and I can truthfully tell you that I refer to this manual at least once a week. Every paper, document, manual is kept in a plastic cover thingy. I just totally forgot what they are called. I'm getting Alzheimer's.
I keep all of the restaurant take out menus in the front pocket of the binder. I also keep coupons for the restaurants in the pocket also. This way I don't have to search through old newspaper adds.
The first section of my manual is where I keep our ward's (from church) lists of phone numbers and addresses and where I keep a list of our family and friends phone numbers, e-mail address, birthdays, other important dates, home addresses, and even Internet site addresses. This section is a life saver!
This section is the Medical Records section. I keep my kid's shot records here and I also keep a record of prescriptions that we have used in the past. We rarely have to be on any prescriptions, and sometimes I forget what my kid's have taken in the past. This is a nice reminder of what worked with what illness my family has had. I also keep copies of our health insurance cards and policy in this section.
In the Personal Records section, I keep copies of birth certificates, licenses, social security cards, and church certificates for blessings/baptisms, etc. I keep the originals in a fire safe, safe. Once in a while I will need my husband's social security number and I have never been able to memorize it. This way I don't have to call him at work to ask him what his social security number is. It comes in handy!
I like to keep magazine renewal cards in this section. Once my subscription is up, I just grab a card, fill it out, and mail it. I also keep extra store membership cards (such as my Blockbuster cards) here. It never fails, and I usually end up misplacing one of these cards. This is also where I keep all of my ID's and Passwords for my computer. Everytime I pay a bill on line, or order some more clothes from the Children's Place, I can just refer to my handy dandy ID and Password print out.
There is nothing more annoying to me, than to look for the manual for an appliance of some sort! I place all manuals and instruction manuals for all of my kitchen appliances, mp3's, phones, etc. in here. For instance, my electric griddle came with a list of what temperatures the manufacturers recommend for cooking pancakes or hash browns. It's a handy thing to refer to. Or another example is my Cocoa-Motion machine. The booklet is filled with recipes and measurements to make a perfect cup of hot chocolate. Yummmm. I also put advertisements and a printout of lawn services I use, carpet cleaners, window cleaners, car services, etc.
In the back pocket of my manual, is where I keep my OCD calendar for the year. I can just pull it out any time I need to write in something or change something. It is my personal bible.