How many times have you put off home projects because you did not have time at home? Well, now you do. And there has been a multitude of Facebook postings full of ideas for how you can spend it: reading, family game nights, cleaning out closets, exercise, etc. I’d like to add a suggestion to the list.

Do a home inventory.

You can even assign the project to the kids – having them video all the contents of your home, crawling around appliances and technology to record serial numbers, and documenting all of your valuables. You can join in on the project and narrate the stories behind sentimental or heirloom items, giving meaning to the possessions in your home.

The results can serve as an invaluable record of your assets should you ever need it for insurance claims, but more than that, the video captures a moment in time of your life. Wouldn’t you love to watch a movie of your parents showing your childhood home? Think of the laughs you could get from viewing your first apartment – seeing what has made the journey with you and what has changed. And how helpful would it be for remaining loved ones to know what had value and what did not?

This week, many have come to appreciate what they had taken for granted. There’s no time like the present to appreciate — and document — what you have.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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