Inspired again, by An Exacting Life, I decided I should do a house inventory. Over a few months, I’ve share a number of posts, and this is the post that links them all together in one place.
What also prompted me to do this fiddly task was the fact that when my contents insurance came due, I asked about what the insured value was. It seems they annually increase the amount insured. A smart idea for most people. But I wondered when I first got the policy if it wasn’t a little overstated on the contents value – so I was wary when it increased again for the next year.
I worried ‘what if they know something I don’t know’. I thought I could sit down with a nice spreadsheet, and work room by room to work out what I have, what I paid for it, and what it might cost to replace. The bulk of my ‘stuff’ was purchased in the last 18 months, since I moved. In 90% of those cases, I have the receipt filed.
Some was bought prior to 2012, such as my bed, the mattress and other ‘bedroom’ stuff. I was lucky to be ‘gifted’ some appliances, and I took all sorts of things from Mum and Dad’s house (with permission of course). Where things were purchased in the past, or ‘stolen’ – I’ve worked out the replacement costs. From privacy’s sake, I’ve not shared the cost of items in my posts, but there’s lots of lovely photos.
- Living room: 2 sofas, 1 wooden coffee table, 2 Ikea teal stools, 1 Ikea entertainment unit. All other items in the ‘electrical’ post
- Dining area: 6 chairs and a Ikea dining room table (there’s an Ikea post)
- Kitchen – had the most ‘stuff’ by far
- Bathroom drawers
- Bathroom cabinet
- Art – namely things on walls
- Electrical – anything, from any of the rooms, but with a column referencing which room it’s in
I did not include my stationary as it was of negligible value. In the event my place burnt down, the replacement of these items would be on an as needed basis. Also, a lot of the stuff was from when i was a student, and I ‘worked’ from home. Now that I work in an office, my access to stationary is sufficient at work that I need a much smaller collection at home.
Lastly, this post is of my stuff – there’s more now that we’re two households, and I’m planning a cheeky poem to outline the duplication (in the form of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’).
What do you think I might have missed? I certainly haven’t counted all my screws, but they are pictured in my ‘buffet drawers’ post.