The problem is that we don’t know exactly how much stuff we have. How do you keep track of all that stuff? Yes, Virginia, there’s an app for that. A Mac utility that tracks your home inventory (great for insurance), product warranties, even the amount you spent on your stuff.
The Fun And Work Of Counting Your Stuff
There are benefits of knowing what stuff we have, what it cost, and where it is.
MYStuff is the Mac utility that makes it easy, almost fun, to track what you have purchased already, track what it cost, and track the paperwork you may need later.
When we first started a family and home inventory system almost three years ago, we used MYStuff. We entered details on furniture and appliances, but also toys, our electronic gadgets (we have plenty), jewelry, books, CDs and DVDs, and everything else that we bought or brought into the Mincey compound.
A number of things happen when you begin keeping a home inventory system that tracks and details all your stuff. First, you find out you have a lot of stuff. Second, you find out it’s worth more than you thought.
Then, you realize that if it were stolen or destroyed in a fire (or some other catastrophe) you might not get the full value from the insurance company because you can’t prove what you had.
MYStuff makes that a worry of the past. It’s easy to set up home inventory categories and add items to each one. Take a look at how you enter items into MYStuff.
NOt bad, right? Add as much information to each item as you have or need. Category, item name, warrant and purchase information (including how it was paid), manufacturer details and images.
Whoa? Images? Photos can be dropped in, of course, and there’s value there, but MYStuff also scans Amazon for the details you may not have.
Not only can you view all items in a category with a click, but some information, like warranty length and expiration time can be viewed, too. There’s no need to dig through every item individually.
Information for inventory items can be added to MYStuff four ways. Scanner, print to MYStuff, photos from iPhoto, and drag and drop.
MYStuff isn’t restrictive as to what information you save. There are plenty of icons to make the details more visible. PDFs, images, video, audio, spreadsheets, or any document.
Keeping track of your stuff has great benefits, not only for insurance purposes, but to give you an idea of where all the money went. For both of those, MYStuff is the app to beat. All that’s missing is some kind of notification system for warranty expiration.