What do I do now?


Like most of us, I am also sequestered to the confines of my house, with lists of things to do, which will take at least a couple of weeks. Oh dear, the two weeks has passed and most of the things on the list are finished. The cupboards are clean, the knife drawer has been emptied of crumbs and every ornament has been dusted and straightened.


I scratched my head with what to do now. It seems this will go on for at least another month or so, which means I have to broaden my scope of things to do. The one big upside is that my to do list, which I have open on my computer all the time is the shortest it has been since 1982 (the year of my first computer). I have purged most everything purgeable, and have just come up with a new task, which will probably take a fair bit of time.


For the past 20 years I have been meaning to catalogue every item in our house, in the event of theft or fire. I thought I knew every knick knack in every room, but alas, I have absolutely no idea what is where. And so the project begins.


My first step will be to take a photo (thank goodness for phone cameras) of every item in my house. I think I will start room by room, just to make it easier. If you attempt this, I might suggest you lower the resolution of your phone camera so you don’t take up terabytes of space.


Once I have the photos finished, I will download them onto my computer and arrange them by room. Then I plan to change the file name to include the item, the value (to the best of my ability), the year I received it and maybe the room it resides in.


Looking at the first few items in the living room, I find I spend more time reminiscing about where it came from and the memories attached, which is quite a pleasant feeling. I calculated, at this rate, it will take me three weeks to go through the entire house. If the isolation is still on-going, I will make my way into the basement, open up the Christmas boxes and catalogue those as well.


Once the project is finished, I will be able to flip through the pages (no doubt it will be a massive volume), and recall each piece and its history. The project sounds like fun, however, give it a week and see if I am still enjoying myself. If not, at least there is Netflix.

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