Pinterest Tuesday: Why You Need To Create A Household Inventory

317146_2422691970043_2047014560_nIn 2011 our community was hit by a flood……

Lexi's toys
Lexi’s toys

     Other than losing a lot of mementos, the worst part was dealing with the insurance company.   They wanted photos of everything we had lost and documentation of when we bought it, a description of it, serial and model numbers and how much we spent on it.

     This is the first experience we had with this type of calamity and, in the aftermath of the event we felt overwhelmed and in a deep state of shock.  Trying to come up with this type of information in the heat of the moment was excruciating.  We came out of it smarter… wiser.

Light bulb at the top of the ceiling
Light bulb at the top of the ceiling

The first thing we did was take photos of everything.  Not only the item but serial and model numbers as well.  They also wanted to now approximately when you bought it and how much you paid for it or how much you feel it would be worth.

I have created a spreadsheet to keep track of everything  in our household.  It is best to have one sheet per room so that you can easily find an item.  Make sure you update it yearly especially if any new purchases were made in that year.


Once you do create one, I would suggest saving it to not only your computer but using online storage as well as printing out a hard copy or saving one on a CD or Thumb Drive and keeping it in a fire proof container such as a safe.

If you would like to download one I created on Google Sheets, you can download it to your computer as an EXCEL worksheet and then change it, if needed, to suit your needs.  Go here to retrieve the free worksheet.

The best preparation for acting is life – observing life and people and observing yourself. All that becomes your library. So when you have to research a part, a scene or an emotion, you go into the library and get what you need.  Kate Capshaw


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