Quick Peek takes organization to the next level.
Not too long ago, we cleaned out our house. From top to bottom, side to side, the house was de-cluttered. In order to complete this momentous feat, we had to box up some items that were not a daily necessity. This process was tedious, but it ended up for a happier, healthier household in the long run. The unfortunate thing is that these boxes that hold precious materials in them are only labeled with generic titles like “Kitchen Stuff” and “Star Wars toys”. That doesn’t really tell me what is in each box. I happen to have a really nice collection of Star Wars Black Series characters and right now, we just don’t have the room to display them. So, I boxed them up. I would like to be able to walk up to one of the three boxes that houses those characters and know exactly which one has Boba Fett – White Edition in it. Writing every single item on the outside of the box just isn’t feasible, so I turned to one of my favorite companies for organization – Bluelounge. Fortunately, they did have an answer with Quick Peek.
Quick Peek is a specialized product designed to help you find your stuff rather that tear your house apart looking for that one unique item. Quick Peek allows you to see what’s inside your storage box by simply scanning a QR Code label that you place on the outside of that box. This product is unique because it requires the pre-printed labels from Bluelounge and the companion app, which is free from iTunes, in order for the system to work properly. Once you have your labels in hand and the app installed on your phone, you are ready to get started.
The first time you open the app, you will be greeted with a short tutorial. You can skim through the screens and watch a demo video if you wish. I started this adventure out with the pack of 32 Smart Labels from Bluelounge. The labels also come in a package of 100 labels, which might be good for larger moves or storage needs. And you do have the option to print your own labels, too, but you still have to purchase the labels from the app. Even though it’s technically a QR Code, it’s a specialized one customized to work with this app. Some people might shy away from this system given that you have to pay for the pre-printed labels, but I think it’s such a nice self-contained option that it’s hard to not use it.
To test out the process, I chose to use a very small box of items so that I could move through the system quickly. The box I used contains some accessories for my standing desk. The Quick Peek app comes pre-loaded with three boxes to get you started. You can delete them when you are done with demoing the app. To start, you select Box List and then Add New Box. The scanner will open and you will be prompted to scan a Smart Label. The scanner is actually very sensitive on the iPhone 7. I barely moved the camera over the top of it and the code was instantly recognized.
Next, you will enter information about the box. You give it a name and location. There are a couple of pre-entered locations like Attic and Garage, but you can always add in custom ones further down the menu. I called this box Smart Desk Accessories and selected the Office as it’s location. Now, it’s time to add the items that are in the box. You can choose to take one large group photo of all the items in the box or individual ones. I did both for this test. As it turns out, taking individual photos works a bit better because you can label each item individually. That said, there is a notes section on the item description so you could always write out each of the items in the box.
I think this is a pretty ingenious solution to a common storage problem. Are there other labeling programs and databases? Sure, but I don’t know of any that are so easy to use and so well designed. The only thing I’m not a fan of is the home screen in the app. They are swipeable screens and they just take you through the steps of the process. To me, I’d rather see a static screen that just has the menu items on it or the box list. That just seems like it would be more useful than repeating those instructions. That is a very simple fix though with an app update.
I really like the Quick Peek system from Bluelounge. I think it’s a great option for being able to really organize your stuff.
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