The Sortly app was originally called My Things — Where Are They and seriously, isn’t that exactly what moving feels like sometimes? Basically, Sortly is Evernote for your items. If you are a collector (or, ahem, married to a collector), you could also use it for organizing your mint condition action figures and comic books. You can take photos and add items to containers, so you could keep track of where each Star Trek figure ends up. You can also search by tag, but that means knowing if you put that Batman variant under DC or Detective Comics or Bruce Wayne.
You can rename your folders in Sortly, which is particularly useful if you’re trying to separate things we’re using now, things we’re packing for our future home in Brooklyn, things Harold will use for a few months in North Carolina alone, things I’m taking to China, and a small box for Harold to mail to me in China later. (I didn’t add these next categories to Sortly, but I also had bags of clothes for the thrift shop, a bag for the Scrap Exchange, and way too many boxes of books to sell.) (Since I lived in a tiny Brooklyn apartment, I’ve been making a conscious effort to get more books and ebooks from the library, and only buy copies of the books I really want to own and reread and devote the space to. Turns out there are still a lot of books I want to own in hard copy.)
I’ve also been using the GoodReads scanner app as I pack up. Julie mentioned this a while ago, I thought it was brilliant, as I don’t have to spend all day scanning barcodes, and then I promptly forgot about it. So I’ve been adding the books I plan to sell or give away to my virtual shelves.
The Sortly app has a free version, and a premium version. I was offered the premium version for this review (Thanks, Sortly!) but the free version has so many options already and does so much useful stuff already, that I’m not sure I would have purchased premium on my own.
This post is shared with you in partnership with Sortly, because I’m an expert on sorting junk. Or because the nice people at Sortly took pity on me. You decide.