If you ever need to take a home inventory, you’ll need to have a clear record of everything in your house and know exactly how much it’s all worth so that you can be reimbursed in case anything unfortunate happens. That means everything in your drawers, cupboards, and closets. All the tools in your garage and all your electronic gadgets. Your furniture, bedding, and towels. Even family heirlooms, keepsakes, and collectable items. Everything.
If all of this planning and organization sounds pretty daunting, we get it. Without the right tools at your disposal, keeping track of your stuff is a messy affair. Thankfully, this is 2019 and there are dozens of apps to help you stay organized — whether you’re moving or simply tidying up. The visual below highlights the top 15.
After you download a home inventory app that’s right for you, here are some tips for taking a detailed and thorough home inventory:
Scour your house to make sure you’ve looked everywhere for anything important. The top shelf in your closet, the corner of your attic, and the racks in your garage are all great places to start.
Always have a backup copy of your inventory. Look for an app that backs up your inventory list in a cloud system so that if anything happens to your phone or computer, you’re still covered.
Keep a record of serial numbers for expensive items and note exactly how much you paid for them. This way, you’ll be able to ensure the right coverage.
Living in an older, outdated home? Give it a little refresh with these renovation ideas that you can tackle yourself. It may take a little work, but let’s get your hands dirty!
Organize the Chaos
Decluttering is the first step to giving your old home a makeover. Not only will it make you feel less overwhelmed, it will also make it easier to start other projects that would require you to shift furniture and other items around the house.
First, take careful inventory of your belongings, and keep only what you need. Sell valuable items, donate gently used goods, recycle what you can, and toss only what is broken or unusable. This can be a daunting task; objects often carry sentimental value, and it can be difficult to let go. If this happens to you, designate a box for items that you’re unsure of or are simply not ready to part with. Seal the box and wait a month. At the end of the month, if you can’t recall what was in the box or don’t feel particularly attached any longer, you can get rid of it!
Once you’re finished with your purge, everything leftover should have a place. This will help keep clutter from building up and make it easier for you to find things when you need them! If you have limited storage space, consider investing in furniture with built-in storage, such as a captain’s bed. Finally, pick a single spot in your house for clutter, such as a junk drawer or basket. Training yourself one little bit at a time will help you keep your home organized and clutter free.
From Floor to Ceiling
Shag carpeting and popcorn ceilings can really date your home; modernize by removing them from floor to ceiling. Flooring can get expensive pretty quickly, but you can avoid an unattractive price tag by exposing and refinishing hardwood floors—especially if you do it yourself. If your worn or outdated carpeting does not have hardwood underneath, take on the task! If the real stuff is too pricey, there are plenty of faux hardwood options to choose from, including laminate, wood-look tile, luxury vinyl, and soft wood foam tiles.
After you have your footing, time to tackle the unsightly wallpaper. While it’s making its way back around, most original wallpapering will show its age with peeling, cracking, yellowing, or fading. Replace it with a newer, more fashionable style, or remove it completely. Before removing any paint or wallpaper, make sure if your old stuff contains lead that you have it removed by a professional. You should also remove popcorn ceilings, which are highly dated. Although you can tackle this task yourself, be sure to check with a certified professional that your popcorn ceilings don’t contain asbestos. If you’re safe to remove the popcorn ceiling on your own, it can easily become messy and frustrating. If you don’t want to deal with it, you can always hire a company that specializes in popcorn ceiling removal to save you time and stress.
A New Coat
Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door and trim. A pop of color is a great way to liven up your entryway with minimal effort. You can upgrade your cabinetry in the same way, covering dated wood and brightening your kitchen. When it comes to interior walls, stick to neutral earth tones like beige and grey. For color, you can add an accent wall for a unique touch or hang some imaginative artwork after the paint has dried!
First impressions matter, so don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty outside! Purchase some prefabricated planter boxes or build your own and consider putting in an urban garden. If gardening isn’t your style, you can fill your planters with bulbs and seeds that are sure to brighten your doorway—with very little work! Native plants, as well as bee and butterfly-friendly flowers are another great way to spice up your lawn while also supporting your local environment.
Whatever route you take to upgrade your old home, make sure it’s you! After all a home is a reflection of your personality and flair.
Need help with clearing the clutter before taking on any renovations? We know where to start.
Relationships are rarely easy. They require some give and take, compromise, and communication. One point of contention between many couples revolves around organization within the home. If your partner has an aversion to clutter, being in a cluttered space can cause tension for him or her and add conflict to your relationship. It’s time to face the facts, if you’re prone to clutter, these are just a few ways it may be destroying your relationship.
The trend today for green living seems like a hip, new idea to some, but it goes back to a time when green living was just the sensible thing to do.
Randy Florke in his book, Restore. Recycle. Repurpose. brings us back to thinking frugally like our grandparents and great-grandparents. In their day “the biggest sin was waste and hand-me-downs were a way of life. We reused everything, from jars to fabric to the wood from demolished outbuildings. Glass jars became storage containers in the larder, and the plaid flannel from a favorite shirt lived on in the patches of a crazy quilt on my bed. Nowadays they call that repurposing; then we called it another day on the farm.”
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You are a motivated driven individual who thrives when helping others to achieve their goals. You enjoy working in unique environments, meeting wonderful people, and know how to smile in every situation. As an Office System Specialist of Queen B Organizing you will be responsible for representing the integrity and professionalism of the company on the job site and over the phone. You have a love and passion to organize, to help people in stressful situations, to work hard and know that your work should speak for itself. Queen B Organizing believes that organizing saves people time, space and money and as an employee you will help others to see how this is true. Experience with Microsoft and MAC Programs, Google Calendar, MailChimp, Word Press, Facebook, Twitter, Excel, are preferred as well as an understanding of Federal Retention Guidelines.