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The best tools for your Content inventory

The best tools for your content inventory

Don’t struggle with the details, instead tool-up with equipment that helps you get the job done, whatever your cataloguing style!

Basic inventories

If you prefer a notebook list to cloud-based storage, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet will play to your cataloguing strengths. Spreadsheets were designed to make your lists clear to read and understand, so keep it simple:

• Stick to one, clear font
• Align all data to the left
• Remove autofit, and give your list breathing room with reader-friendly white space
• Create clear headers by using bold lettering and capitalisation
• Shade alternate rows for clear readability later on

Contents apps

Great home inventory apps will allow you flexibility to add or remove items, and to quickly revise your inventory. They don’t need to cost the earth, either:


Inventory for homeowners: Free to use, this app allows you to add a room, your assets and a detailed description, plus limitless pictures. You can also add tracking information about appraisals, receipts and insurance contracts.

Home Inventory App: With a built-in barcode scanner, the free Home Inventory App will save you precious time by crawling the web for relative items. Plus, you can download your inventory as a PDF for your records.