I bet you saw this coming, didn’t you? Since I’ve previously blogged about all the books I own, all the clothes I own, all the food I purchased in a year, and so on…it stands to reason that I’d do a home inventory at some point. Although I’ve pared back on possessions in the past 10 years, I’ve also married a person with quite a bit of stuff! And we’ve had a child move away from home. With all these life changes, it’s a good time to update my inventory.
It’s going to take a while to complete this, so I thought I’d tell you about my process.
In 2002, I moved back to Canada after living in the US for 8 years. For an international move, you have to list everything you’re shipping, and submit it to Border Control. In fine exacting style, I think my list was one of the most detailed household lists that Canada Border Services had seen; they were very impressed, LOL!
I moved across town in 2004 and took the opportunity to update my list while I was packing.
Then, Rom moved here from the UK in 2009 and he also had to supply a list of everything he was shipping! He produced a suitably detailed spreadsheet. (You see, we were made for each other).
More recently, our kid, Link, moved out with a considerable amount of belongings.
So my current task is to combine my list and Rom’s, and to update them. Far easier than starting from scratch! My lists are Word documents and Rom’s is in Excel. But to make the whole process more fun (!) I am going to use an iPad app and enter photos and receipts as I go along. I keep a file folder of receipts and warranties for stuff we buy that has any significant value, so it won’t be that hard – just time-consuming.
FYI, you can export the data from the iPad apps into Excel 🙂
I have an ulterior motive. Since I’ve been trying to pare down my possessions somewhat, I am hoping that when I see them all in print, the list will look so ridiculously overwrought that it will inspire me to pare down further. Let’s call it the “shaming myself into minimalism” plan!
If anyone has advice (other than to get rid of all my useless baggage!), let me know – especially if you have ever dealt with an insurance claim. Or, you can wish me luck!
Postscript: The home inventory was eventually completed and the results are here.