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Getting organized: how to take a home inventory

posted by Sarah on September 9, 2010 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • shelley

    I’ve been meaning to do this for ages and ages, keep putting it off — but maybe now, having read your tweet and your article, I’ll actually get started!

    Instead of making a written inventory, though, which will take a fair bit of time, I’m going to walk around my house with my iPhone 4 and take pictures. I’ll upload the pix to Evernote, into a notebook that I will call “Home Inventory”. I’ll take a few general photos of each room, then will take closeups of the more expensive stuff (TVs and other media devices, computers, and so on). I have many small tech devices that usually reside in bins in a closet, and it will actually be easy enough to lay them all out on a table and take a photo of them all at the same time.

    By uploading to Evernote, I will have a record that resides in the cloud that I can access should my house burn down (gasp) and all my computers become ashes at the same time. Evernote will allow me to add text to notes that contain photos, so I can add quick bits of text to include model numbers for various devices.

    I’ve added an entry to my to-do app that says “Start home inventory.” I’ll post back here to let you and other readers know how it’s going.

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