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As moms, we all know that we are in charge of managing our homes (just don’t tell our husbands that).  😉  How many of us feel like we have so much ‘stuff’ in our homes that make it hard to manage the home?  Sometimes when I think about everything that I own and feel overwhelmed, but I recognize the importance of organization and making an inventory.

One of the most important things that we should do as homeowners is to make sure that we know what all the assets are that we have.  Because of that, it is important for us all to make sure that we have a complete inventory of all the items that we own.  Not being prepared with a home inventory could be very stressful if you had a family emergency and needed record of this information.

Here is a little exercise for you.  Sit down with a piece of paper and pen and write down everything that you own that is important to you.  I’m guessing that you can make a pretty impressive list, but the more you go over that list you will realize how much you forgot to add to that list.

There are so many day-to-day items that become such a regular part of your life that it is easy to forget them.  I would recommend sitting down with your spouse and thinking about every room in your house and working together to make your list. In an emergency you won’t want to have forgotten anything. It is also recommended that you go room to room with your camera so you can have a visual Inventory as well as something to look at when you are creating your list.  This is a tip that I had not thought of, but I can definitely see how it would be useful in making the process easier.

Because it is sometimes difficult to know where to start in making an inventory, I found this recent article from Nationwide’s blog called “An Inventory of Your Life“, that helps give you a little more insight into what you need to inventory in your home.  In this article I learned the importance of not only having the Inventory of your Life, but I also learned the importance of properly storing your inventory.

If your only copy of the inventory was in your home when the emergency happened, it wouldn’t do you any good.  Luckily, we live in a digital world where important documents like these can be stored safely and you don’t have to worry about them getting destroyed in a disaster like a flood or fire.

Did you know that you should have at lease three copies of your inventory?  This makes perfect sense to me because you want to be able to protect your assets in every way that you can.

What things have you done that have helped you manage your assets and inventory?  I hope the information in the article helps you out! For more information, visit Nationwide’s blog online.

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