Other than organizing all my material goods, I’ve been making a home inventory to document all of my things. The reason I started doing this is mainly because of insurance purposes. I suppose there are many ways to do this but here is my way.
Using a smart phone, I’ve actually been taking photographs of the more expensive things such as computers, TV, etc, and uploading them into a notebook in Evernote. For security sake, I take photographs of both the item and the serial number as it appears on most electronics.
Then yesterday afternoon, as I was cleaning out my bookmarks on my web browser, I found a very helpful web app. It’s ikeepm.com. There you can list all the things you own and put them into categories. The website neatly collects all the information, including the item’s value, and then you can export them to a csv file, which you can open in Excel or LibreOffice. So in addition to Evernote, I have a secondary way of making a home inventory – a more complete inventory.
Using ikeepm, I did the best I can in getting a value of all of my things, excluding the car, cash, and my bank account. It turns out that my material wealth is around $20,000 to $25,000. What is your material wealth?
Possessions – Feb 2014
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I was traveling with a childhood friend for 18 days in the beginning of this month. By the time the trip was over I wanted to reorganize my life.
I have been living a minimalistic life for awhile and now I want to cut down on my possessions even more. I’ve been reading a book called The 100 Thing Challenge. I’m not into the book at all but I like the fact of owning just 100 things. But then again, do you count a pair of shoes as one thing or two?
I quickly realized that it’s not the number of things we own but it’s more about the space of the things we own.
I have a foldable three level bookshelf and it’s the perfect object to fit all the things I need. This bookshelf is about the size of the trunk of my car. If I need to move then I know all the items on my bookshelf and the bookshelf itself will fit into my car.
After gathering some essential things, I took a picture of the bookshelf. The bottom level contains all the cookware I need. There’s more vertical space that I can fit some other things but I think you get the idea. The middle level has books, an electronics kit that I want to play with, and some notebooks and paper. Lastly, the top shelf contains a bunch of miscellaneous things that can easily fit into a cardboard box.
One thing I did not include is clothing. Some people like to carry a lot of clothing while some are happy with a few. I think I’m somewhere in between. If I was traveling I would bring about 4 sets of clothing. But if I was moving then I’d stuff my clothing into the car like a can of sardine.
By organizing my possessions, I am at the same time preparing for a garage sale coming up in June. It’s never too early to get ready for a garage sale. I get nostalgic when I review all the things I have. It make me feel even better if I get rid of the things I no longer need. I guess you can call this winter cleaning.
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I turned 30 yesterday.
I will turn 40 in ten years. I wonder if we will still be fighting terrorists. I want to know the poverty rates in third world countries. I wonder if we eradicated most of the curable diseases. How will the climate have changed. Will there be a water shortage. What the population will be for the human race. How are the polar bears doing. What percent of the population are in prisons and what is the breakdown of the charges. Can I grow marijuana legally. What is the fuel efficiency of a typical car. I want to know the cost of a college education in 2024. What things can robots do in ten years. How much can my hard drive hold. The screen size of a TV. I want to know how much is my annual salary. Where have I been to in the world. What have I learned in ten years. Who will still be my friends. How is my family doing. What is the ticket price of going into space. Which country is the most powerful. I wonder if we still have countries. What will be the newest religion. Will people be more tolerant. I want to know the sounds of the most popular music. What will be my favorite movie. What is the primary source of energy. Have we found an anti-aging drug. What will cell phones look like. How many shootings in 2024. How many species have gone extinct. Will everyone have equal rights. What will google.com look like. Are we still be using computers. How fast will the Internet connection be. What is the newest sport. Are we still producing military weapons. My own DNA. The latest fashion. Newest foods. Coolest gadgets. I wonder will I even care for any of these things. What will be my state of mind ten years from now. Will I even be alive.
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