It’s National Preparedness Month and if you have been following the POSH Blog you have lots of ideas on what you can do to be more prepared by creating your home emergency kit and outlining your families’ emergency plan. So let’s take it back to what Professional Organizers like me are known for and that is helping people deal with their stuff, their things, and their possessions.
Often when I’m working with clients they might say something like I need to make a household inventory. But that is something most people don’t every do. I understand it can be intimidating. So here are a few different options for creating your household inventory.
1. Create a list. Write out or type out a list of all the important items you have that you would need to make a claim on for insurance purposes. This can be an intimidating task, but will prove helpful in the event of an emergency. On your list note the make or model of the item, size, purchase date or year, purchase price, and approximate value. Since this is a big project, start by taking it one room at a time. You can also send this list to a trusted family member who can save it on their computer. This way in the event of an emergency if your documents are destroyed someone else will have copies.
2. Use your owner’s manuals. Gather up all those owner’s manuals that are floating around the house and put them in one location. You can keep them in notebooks, a filing cabinet, or a waterproof safe. Staple the receipts to the manuals and write the serial number on the manual. This way you have all the information you need in one location in case of robbery. You can make copies of the front cover of each manual including the make and model, the serial number you wrote down, and the receipt and give copies to a family member to keep in the event of an emergency.
3. Photo documentation. This is probably the easiest way to document what you have. Take photos or a video of each room. You can save the photos to a zip drive, CD, or your lap top and easily send them to a family member as well. If you do this you may not have the make and model numbers but at least you will have something to help you in the event of an emergency.
What have you done to create your home inventory?
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