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Home Inventory: The Best Way to Catalog Your LEGO Collection

Home Inventory: The Best Way to Catalog Your LEGO Collection

A number of years ago I stumbled upon and purchased Home Inventory a household-possesions cataloging program by software design and development company Binary Formations.  I came across the app while searching for a sleek, easy, dependable program which would help me inventory my various possessions [for boring grown-up reasons, like insurance purposes, etc…snooze fest].  

Home Inventory had a lot of positive buzz online, so I purchased the app, downloaded it, opened it, played around with it for a bit, and then, sadly, lost the motivation to meticulously inventory all of my belongings before I had really even begun.  

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Nevertheless, the app remained in my “Productivity” folder on my Macbook [Home Inventory is currently only available for Mac], gathering proverbial dust, and acted as an app-icon reminder of my lack of inventory-related ambition.  Then one day [very recently] I was playing Legos with my oldest daughter.  We were shuffling through a pile of old Lego instruction booklets and trying to locate a set we would like to build [usually it’s a spaceship…SPACESHIP!].  I’ve been acquiring, collecting, and receiving Lego sets ever since I was a child in the early 1980s, so I’ve accumulated quite a stack of [by now] old, wrinkled, partly-torn, beverage-stained Lego instruction booklets over the years.  My daughter and I were shoving booklets around, attempting to make sensible piles of them, trying to come up with some system of organization just so that we could get an idea of what we owned.  After a while my daughter [who’s three, by the way] stops and says “Goodness gracious, daddy, this is a lot of work.  What are we going to build?”  [Sometimes she talks like elderly woman from the south.  Don’t know why]  She was right, though.  It was a lot of work.  The organization nerd in me…awoke.      

If I only had an easily searchable, digital inventory of my Lego sets, my daughter and I could easily search through our collection of sets and choose the set we’d like to build without having to navigate a sea of instruction booklets.  Additionally, I would finally have a comprehensive catalog of my ever-growing Lego collection - something I’ve wanted for a while now.  I could essentially knock over two minifigs with one flick of a flick-fire missile [to use a less-common phrase].  The only question was how.  How was I going to create such a catalog and what would be the best application/program to help me tackle such a task?  That’s when I remembered the lonely, unloved little app sitting in my Mac’s Productivity folder just waiting for its moment to finally prove itself digital usefulness.  Well, my little binary friend, it’s your moment to shine.

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Home Inventory is downright the sleekest, easiest, most aesthetically pleasing way to catalog your Lego collection [or any other collection, for that matter].  You can create custom collections [such as, Lego Castle, Lego Space, Lego Star Wars, etc.] and create custom inventory fields [such as number of pieces, number of minifigs, set release year] for each set entry.  In addition, Home Inventory allows you to add an image to each of your inventory entries, allowing you to pack your inventory with great photos of your Lego collection and make for a wonderful at-a-glance cataloging of all your sets.

One of my favorite features of Home Inventory is the value calculator.  If you know either the price or the value of your Lego sets, Home Inventory allows you to input this information for each set and then calculates the overall value of your entire Lego collection [pretty cool feature for Lego sellers, I would imagine].  Even if you have no intentions of selling your sets, it’s still pretty cool to have an estimated dollar-value associated with your collection.  If anything it might help you put forth the argument to your significant other that is tired of you spending money on Legos “but, honey, if we buy another Lego set, our overall collection will only increase in value!”  Great investment, right?  Speaking of, if you’re not sure how to locate the value of your Lego sets, BrickPicker has a great Lego price guide to help you pinpoint an estimated value for your sets, both used and new.  

Now that my Lego collection is beautifully and digitally cataloged within Home Inventory, my daughter and I no longer have to swim a sea of Lego booklets to find a set we want to build - which, of course, just leaves us with more time to…yep, build!  I now also have a gorgeous, comprehensive, search-able, record of all my treasured Lego sets - which puts the organizing nerd within me at ease.  The bottom line: if you’re a Mac-owner and you’re looking for a great way to digitally catalog your bricks [and, perhaps, have a more organized building session with your daughter], Home Inventory is the program for you. 

Okay, time for me to head off to the store to buy more Lego sets.  You know, so that I may “increase the value” of my collection [in case the wife reads this].  If you have any comments or if you have any additional Lego-cataloging tips, please feel free to send me a message!

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