A detailed home inventory serves an important purpose, giving you something to show your insurance company in the event of theft or damage. As Apartment Therapy points out, a home inventory is also a great decluttering tool. The post provides a two-part guide to home inventory. The first part explains how to make a good inventory, from spreadsheet creation to recording items with your digital camera. After you've inventoried your stuff, the post suggests that many of us, when faced with all of our belongings, realise we have way too much stuff. That's when the decluttering begins.
Go through your list, room-by-room, and ask yourself how many of each item you really need. Highlight each item that can be reduced. You may realise that you only need five t-shirts instead of fifteen, two sets of sheets instead of four, or one frying pan instead of three.
Whether or not you get any serious decluttering done using this method, you'll still come out on top with your new home inventory. Good on you! Photo by yenna.