A MUST-DO PROJECT FOR
This is a project every
homeowner and renter should do at least once a year, so why
not do it in January when other activities seem to slow down. After all, you may be in a cold climate
where you can't even watch the grass grow.
Get your camera and take
pictures of every room and closet, your basement, attic,
garage, and tool shed. And from several angles. Why? Insurance
experts say most folks cannot begin to remember everything in
a room or closet, not to mention the attic and basement. In
the event of a fire, flood, other disaster, or even theft, you
will have something to jog your memory---and the faith of your
this is only the first stage. Never store your pictures in the
house or apartment. If there is a disaster, the pictures will
be destroyed. Rent a safe deposit box at the bank, or store
the pictures with other family members---in a different house.
You could download the pictures into your computer from a
digital camera---provided you send them to someone who will
keep them safe on a computer somewhere else.
You may never need to
remember or prove what you lost, but there are millions out
there who wish they could have had pictures when disaster
struck. And you saw it here on SeniorARK.
And while you're at it,
collect up those valuable documents: things like receipts for
major purchases, wills, insurance policies, birth
certificates. They should go into that safe deposit box as