This digital age is not all it’s cracked up to be. I still collect things. Lots of things. Too many things.
From CDs to DVDs, from books to magazines, from games to, well, more games, my shelves are full. How do they get organized? I use a Librarian.
Koingo’s Librarian Pro, to be precise. I didn’t even need an intervention to get me on the organizational wagon.
It was more like my wife telling me the garage was full and she needed someplace to park the car. Building another garage was more expensive than hiring Librarian Pro.
The most difficult aspect of creating an inventory of anything is getting started. Public libraries are just big boxes with lots of stuff inside. The difference between a library and my garage is their stuff is organized.
Librarian Pro is an organizers love fest, and a disorganized person’s dream come true.
Not only was I able to clean out a bunch of boxes in the garage, but I was able to organize the contents, store all the information in my Mac, and set the stage for even better organizing in the future.
Librarian Pro is a relatively simple Mac utility that does more than expected. It’s a database. You enter information, it stores it, you retrieve the information.
Basically, enter information, photos, scans, of whatever you want. Household items. CDs, DVDs, magazines, comic book collections, your book library. Create smart collections that even track what you loaned to a friend or relative.
As I said, getting started is the biggest challenge. The rest is actually fun. If you’re in a hurry, Library Pro can handle barcode scanning, too.
Librarian Pro lets you create multiple databases, so you can have one for you, one for your spouse or significant other, even one for work. Items can be ‘checked out’ and put on a borrowed items list.
Duplicate items can be removed as easily as data is entered. Even create a list of borrower accounts, or review specific items using the built-in five star review system. That’s great for CDs and DVDs.
Better yet is the fact that Librarian Pro is both Windows and Mac, and your license lets you run it on both Mac OS X and Windows at the same time. That’s perfect for families with different computer religions.
Librarian Pro also lets you use information from Amazon for music CDs, books, and movie DVDs. Just enter certain keywords or title or author into Librarian Pro, and the details get downloaded automatically.
See? I told you it was easier after you start.
Librarian Pro is a very slick, attrack, not-difficult-to-use utility for creating a home inventory system comprised of smaller inventory systems. My wife inventoried her jewelry.
We have family in the neighborhood who always manage to ‘borrow’ from us. Now we know who they are and where they live, what they borrowed, and when.
The 15 day trial of Librarian Pro is sufficient to get you started, but that’s the most difficult part. The rest is actually fun.
Do you keep an inventory of what’s in your home? If so, what do you use to track your household or personal items? Share your experience in the Comments section below.