Back in NYC after years of working, now in need of organization help
August 30, 2014 7:13 PM Subscribe
After four years of working for film festivals in various cities, and another few years living and working at a private school, I've come back to New York City to get my Master's while living at la maison famille
. But nearly everything I own other than my clothes and my laptop is in boxes, either in my family's house or in storage. Some of those boxes haven't been opened since 2004.
What I have now is a three part challenge, and if you can help with any part I'd be grateful.
(1) I am looking for a database or other record-keeping program (either Mac or platform-independent) that can help me keep track of the media I own -- books, music, movies or TV shows on DVDs and VHS (I'm old). Bonus points if it saves my typing fingers by using a scanner or phone camera to read barcodes on the product. Extra bonus points if the program allows me to add the titles that I only own digital versions of, and can let me note separate versions of each (ie. a vinyl album and the digital rip thereof (perfect for letting me know which ones I haven't ripped yet!) or a CD and the MP3 backup).
(2) I have a lot of memorabilia: leftover programs, ticket stubs, autographs from my film festival days, and a lot of other papers which evoke memories. I'd like to keep it all in some accessible way, I'm not sure if "scrapbooking" is the right word, but I want to be able to arrange it chronologically. This doesn't need an app so much as an organized approach. does anyone have any good pointers or links to resources on this front?
(3) Photos: Between my mother and myself, we have thousands and thousands of photos (mostly 3x5 or 4x6) of friends and relatives. My mom's much better at identifying these folks than I am, so what I'd want to do is scan hundreds of them each time I'm home, and give her some time to identify them all. I think iPhoto is sufficient for the "tagging" part, but I'm not looking forward to laying them all on a flatbed scanner and then dividing up the images, does anyone recommend a fast scanner or way to mass import them all?
Thanks for any pointers you can give. I'll share progress reports and opinions on how various methods are working out, if there's interest.