Home Inventory List
It's easy to break your possessions down into groups of things by room. But a visual aid can also be helpful. Draw a rough floor plan of your new home and label the different rooms. Make separate lists of the items that will go into those rooms. You'll be using these lists when you start packing.
If you really want gold-star extra credit, take this to the next level by using our home inventory spreadsheet or PDF to which you can refer throughout the organization/packing process. Download the home inventory
If you're a color-code kind of person or someone who just needs an excuse to buy office supplies, make up a system of color-coding for different rooms. If coding isn't your thing, make up a system that will work for you and your family. It might help, too, at this point to start making labels that correspond to your inventory lists by room. But don't just label something "Master Bedroom;" add a more specific description like "Master Bedroom: nightstand contents."
Remember to save your home inventory list after your move and to add to it as you purchase new items for your home. The list might come in handy one day if your home sustains fire, flood or earthquake damage or if you are robbed. You'll need to submit an organized record of your possessions to claim insurance reimbursement.
Why Should You Have All the Fun?
Most couples or families have one person whom they see as the "organizer." It that's you, it can be good and bad. While it's nice to be thought of as organized, it's also an excuse for you to do all the work. Make sure that everyone understands the system in place for your home inventory. If children are old enough, make them responsible for their own rooms.
Illustration by Kena Ravel