Friday, August 6, 2010
Organizing, Part 2: A Helpful Tool
OK... the Organizing Challenge continues. My garage has improved, but I am still not ready to share photos.
Instead, to keep you entertained, let me share a great device and software product with you. I have used it to inventory most of my books.
I have invested in a little hand scanner device and software by called Collectorz. This enables me to scan the bar codes on my book, and then hook up to my computer, and upload the information into a database program. This then goes out to the internet and finds the information about the book, and feeds the information into the database.
I actually own three of their database products.
I think I purchased everything, including the scanner for well under $200. I did this a couple of years ago. I now see on their site that there are less expensive scanners than mine.
I inventoried all movie DVD's on Sunday in just a few hours (most of which was spent tidying, organizing, and alphabatizing.
Here is a sample of what the database looks like.
As you can see, I know where they are, and I can see if I have loaned them to anyone.
Next... to get the I-phone app, so that I have my list with me at the store.