In a recent household move across the country, I used an Inventory management subscription service called Sortly to catalog all of our boxes. This turned out to be an amazing system which, along with my iphone and a Dymo label printer, allowed me to catalog our entire household very quickly. With many of our belongings in storage, this database makes finding particular items relatively easy.
Which brings me to my current problem. We are currently still in short-term housing in the new state and I still use the inventory system, but not enough to justify Shortly’s month cost of $39. What I would love to do is either build my own system using QR codes or else find some other software that can basically do the same thing but is more of a one-time fee rather than a monthly subscription.
My requirements are:
- Be able to generate inventory database records and associate their URLs to QR codes from my phone.
- Be able to scan a box or item’s QR code and see its contents in the database.
- Be able to associate photos with a database record.
- Be able to search the database from my phone or desktop.
- Be able to print labels to a Dymo label printer (ideally from the phone, but if only from desktop, that’s fine).
I am a programmer and a scripter and am not afraid of writing code, if it’s needed. But before going full-scale custom software to do this, I thought I should check with the hive and see if there’s anyone out there who has done anything like this before.