Last time I wrote about doing a household inventory. All the advice out there recommends that you not wait and do a perfect list. Just do something rather than nothing, and chip away at it. Except if you’re me 🙂 I have a plan! My life is not busy right now, and it’s still wintry outside. I have worked out the first 3 steps of my inventory.
First, I wanted to use an app because it will be more fun for me to enter and sort everything. I read some reviews and decided on MyStuff2 Pro. I will confess that this is the most expensive home inventory app at $8.99, and I have never paid more than $2.99 for an app before! But it has an endless amount of features I know I will use. (For those who use them, it is essentially a pretty interface for a fully customizable relational database).
Next, I decided what categories I would divide my stuff into. I could go room by room, but I thought I’d get tripped up. For example, let’s say I store my camping gear in an unused bedroom closet. Would it make sense for the camping gear to be in the “bedroom” category? So I decided I would do the primary sort by the “type” of stuff, and then list its location as one of its qualities.
I was thinking about how different each person’s categories would be. For instance, I have no baby gear and no sports equipment and no bar. But I do have a toy robot collection, tons of kitchen wares, and a metre-long list of electronics!
Finally, I thought about what level of detail I wanted to include. I would want the make, model and serial number of major appliances and electronics. I will need a cut-off, such as: I will provide some detail on every item worth over $50, and group the rest. I could just say I have 8 towels and 2 bath mats. I will not be cataloguing all my books, CDs and DVDs – just providing a number. (For the record, my CDs are already fully entered in iTunes. But maybe I need to enter my books in LibraryThing or GoodReads someday!)
So now my app is all set up to input the data. See you in a month or so! (j/k)
I will be entering some stuff from previous lists I kept, some from my receipts folder, and looking at the rest of my stuff and noting it. I will be able to add photos and copies of receipts as I go along.
So now I am all set for my data entry blitz.
Here is the category list I created, with all its eccentricities:
- Appliances – large and small
- Bedding and Linens – also rugs and window coverings
- Books – also maps and magazines
- Camping and Outdoors
- Cleaning and Laundry
- Craft and Art Supplies – includes art, needlework, paper craft, scrapbooking and sewing
- Electronics – includes AV, computer-related, musician gear and photography
- Food Prep – also food serving and storage
- Furniture – also includes home accessories like lamps, clocks and mirrors
- Games and Puzzles
- Hardware – includes tools, home maintenance equipment and gardening gear
- Music – includes CDs and retro vinyl collection!
- Pet Supplies
- Stationery – also includes gift wrap supplies
I found 2 online tips I wouldn’t have thought of: (1.) include a scanned copy of your home insurance policy, and (2.) take photos of permanent features of your home such as flooring materials, lighting fixtures and kitchen counters, for insurance purposes.
Now I’m up and running!
Postscript: The home inventory was eventually completed and you can see the results here.