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Ultra-Easy Steps to Inventory Your Stuff!


Ultra-Easy Steps to Inventory Your Stuff!

Published Thursday, November 30, 2017
by Diane Hipp

Could you remember everything you have in your home if it was all gone tomorrow?  Everything?!  It’s daunting to think about writing down an inventory of all the stuff in your home.  Luckily, here’s a super easy—and fun—alternative!  Just follow these steps and you’ll have an inventory record that fewer than 15% of people have.  Doesn’t it feel good to be in the top 15%?!

For extra fun:  Enlist a family member or friend to join in.  One of you is the video operator and one is the “host.”

STEP 1:  Pull out your smart phone and set it on video. 

STEP 2:  Start at your front door.  As the video scans the room, start talking!  Begin with your name, today’s date, and your address.  Tell the camera all about the things in your home.  Be sure to include:

  1. Describe the item (brand name, if known, or store purchased). Include color, material, anything unique about it.
  2. Tell approximately when you purchased it and for how much.
  3. If you have multiple of an item (such as DVDs, dishes, blankets), give an approximation of quantity.

STEP 3:  Open those closets, drawers, and cabinets!  Make sure the lighting is bright so you can see everything. 

TIP 1:  Pull out a few of your hanging clothes to show tags.  This helps determine price ranges for your things.
TIP 2:  Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Don’t feel like you have to describe every paper clip or plate.  We get the idea!

STEP 4:  Don’t forget the basement, garage, shed, storage areas, and attic!   If it’s junk you just haven’t donated or trashed, say so!

STEP 5:  When you’re done, save your video in a safe place-- on a DVD, flash drive, or a desktop that has a cloud back-up, such as Carbonite.  Just remember to store the video away from your home!  We’re happy to store it for you.  A privacy tip:  Do NOT post this on YouTube or social media!  Let’s not show would-be robbers everything in your home.


Now, wasn’t that fun?!  OK, maybe you don’t have a career in video production.  But, should a claim occur in your home, this video will help ensure that you are made whole!  Remember to update your video periodically, especially after a major purchase!            


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