My quest to stay on top of organizing my life continues. I've made good use of utilizing online banking and paperless billing whenever possible, which has kept the quantity of paperwork at home under control. I really like being able to keep data organized online, as I'm almost always connected to the internet via the computer, my iPad or my phone. While I've used online banking and bill paying easily, I needed a tool to help with other personal data regarding my family. A couple of stressful experiences that occured in the recent past, such as when my son was unexpectedly hospitalized and I needed data, left me unprepared. I was introduced to AboutOne, an online family organizer tool that has bank level security. I've been using it for about a month now and am still discovering new ways it can help me stay organized.
While my phone is great for keeping numbers on hand or for texting, I still wanted a system for keep just the people and numbers I need the most organized, such as preschool friends, doctor office info and family addresses. With a free AboutOne account, I was able to set up a contact list that is easy to read, easy to update, and simple to use. Before we went away on vacation recently, I made sure to have my doctor's info as well as my son's pediatric practice info on my contact list in case of an unexpected illness. I also was able to input my son's buddy's address so that he could send him a post card.
Another way I have used this online organizer is to list the medications my family takes regularly. With two people on inhalers in the house and a multitude of other meds and allergies, AboutOne is a simple way to keep all of that data in one secure place where I can easily access it as needed. Back to that time I had to take my son to the ER...I was such a mess that I couldn't even think of what his birthdate was, let alone who his pediatrician was. I even gave them the wrong insurance card because I was that upset. With the AboutOne family organizer I know I could at least access all of our medical data and confirm names, phone numbers and medications. I also realized that I do not know all of the medications my husband takes. I am able to update his profile on my AboutOne account so that I can have all of that info there, just in case it's needed.
Other features on AboutOne that I am updating as needed include a possessions inventory, including our home and cars. What I like about AboutOne is that I do not feel overwhelmed by incorporating it into my life. When I have time I can add new details. I can even add photos and memories to make a sort of online journal of family activities. I was able to add the rental property details to my inventory of the beach house we stayed in recently. This way when we want to contact the owner in the future about renting it again, I have all of the contact info, a photo of the house, the location and the owner's website.
To learn more info, below is a funny video made to describe just how to get organized using AboutOne.
Disclosure: I was compensated by AboutOne to review their online organizer. All opinions and text are my own.