Okay – I’ve taken a long enough break! It’s time to get serious and back on track. Isn’t that what New Year’s Resolutions are all about? So, I’m committing that I’ll finish my household inventory lists in 2015!
Oh, wait a minute; did I just put that in writing?
It’s been 14 weeks since I’ve posted one of my household inventory lists! During the holidays, rather than continue on with this project by posting a list of 42 things having to do with household inventory, I posted fun things instead. Did you notice?
Here’s are links to the fun things I posted on Fridays for the last 14 weeks (just in case you missed them!):
- Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls: 42 Frighteningly Unearthly Creatures That Haunt Halloween (it’s a FREE printable word scramble game; check it out!)
- 12 Awesome Things I’m Sweet On in October 2014
- 42 Items for Your Thanksgiving Dinner Shopping List
- 42 Things to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving Day
- 20 Breakfast and Brunch Ideas for Christmas Morning
- 20 Recipes Ideas for Christmas Dinner
- 20 Dessert Recipe Ideas for Your Christmas Celebration
- The Gift That Keeps On Giving
- 6 Awesome Things I’m Sweet On in December 2014
- 42 Post-New Year’s Day Resolutions
- 42 Things NOT to Buy When You’re Broke
Plus, I missed a few Fridays – November was a tough month.
If you are a new reader of my blog, welcome. If you are a regular reader, welcome back to post number 49 in this series of things in your home to help you create your own household inventory list.
A brief synopsis for new readers: Charlie and I lost our home in the 2007 California wildfire known as the Witch Fire. I’ve written a 20-part series about the loss of our home and the rebuild; here’s a link to the first post: Any Way the Wind Blows.
We were not prepared, at all, and now, emergency planning and preparedness is an on-going pet project of mine. So, I decided to share my progress on this blog.
I actually share my progress in two ways:
- Every month I write a specific post about emergency planning and preparedness and it launches around the 22nd of each month. Here’s a link to the most current one: Resolve to be Ready 2015. The 22nd is a significant day for me because that’s the day we lost our home: October 22, 2007.
- Also, almost every Friday (with some exceptions), I post a list of 42 household inventory items.
We did not have a household inventory at the time we lost our home. We didn’t even have any photos. But, we’d just had a home appraiser out to our house a few days before the fire (an angel was on our shoulder), because we were considering a home loan to do some remodeling. So, we had the photos that came with the appraisal. Plus, we reached out to family and friends and several of them sent us photos taken from parties and gatherings.
Trust me on this: doing a whole house inventory for an insurance claim from memory is difficult! It took me 9 months of working nights and weekends to create my household inventory list to submit to our insurance carrier. And, it was 165 excel pages long! And, every month like clockwork, the insurance company sent us a letter asking for that household inventory (they want you to do it right away, which makes sense, because memories fade over time and the longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to remember).
The idea behind these weekly lists is that you print them and add them to your household inventory binder. Then, when you have a few moments in your busy schedule, go to that room in your house and quickly check the boxes that apply to you. Then, add your list to your Fly-away Kit and should anything happen, you have those checklists to refresh your memory. Easy, peasy!
So, here’s the list of 42 Things in Your Guest Bedroom:
- Headboard, footboard, bed frame
- Mattress, box springs
- Mattress pad
- Sheets, pillowcases
- Blankets, quilts
- Comforter, bedspread, duvet
- Sleeping pillows, specialty pillows
- Decorative pillows
- Pillow covers and shams
- Throws (blankets)
- Draperies, rods, brackets, valances
- Window shades, blinds, shutters
- Nightstands, occasional tables
- Lamps: floor, table, hanging, wall
- Alarm clock, radio
- Plants and plant containers
- Vases, flowers
- Candles, candleholders
- Art work, posters, prints
- Photos, frames, photo albums
- Decorative objects, knick-knacks
- Dressers and clothing
- Armoire and/or TV cabinet
- Love seat, chaise
- Bookshelves, decorative ledges
- Books, magazines, bookends
- Trunk, bench
- Writing desk and/or vanity table
- Mirrors – dresser, wall, floor
- Tissue and tissue box cover
- Pitcher, drinking glasses, coasters
- Storage boxes, baskets, trays
- Telephone; answering machine
- Television and cable box
- DVD player and videos
- CD player and CD’s
- Other electronics
And, here’s the FREE printable checklist to add to your household inventory binder: TS4T Checklist – 42 Things in Your Guest Bedroom.
(other lists of 42 household inventory items)
NOTE: the list below is not all-inclusive. For the complete list of 42 household inventory items completed thus far, visit Archives – By Category.
- 42 Kitchen Basics for Your New Home
- 42 Cooking Essentials for a Well-Stocked Kitchen
- 42 Must Have Kitchen Utensils
- 42 Baking Essentials
- 42 Pantry Essentials
- 42 Nice-to-Have Kitchen Gadgets
- 42 Things in Your Laundry Room
- 42 Things in Your Foyer, Mud Room and Hall Closet
- 42 Things for Your Pets
- 42 Storage Solutions for Your Home