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Gemr has opened a world for collectors that we really didn’t have before its existence. It’s no secret that Sean and I love Gemr. It’s the people, the collections, and being able to organize it all in one place with pride. As collectors, each of us can show off what we have and admire what others have. But is there a best way to organize your collection? We like to use Gemr to organize — it’s been a huge help to manage our giant collection.

When we first started, we had a few collections – Pokémon figures, tins, plushes, things like that. All the cards were together in one collection called Pokémon Cards. But as I kept sharing cards, I realized that eventually, this one collection would be so big that it would be overwhelming. Was I really going to stick 5,500 individual cards into one massive collection? No, I wasn’t. I began organizing the cards, and the rest of the Pokémon items, into their own collections.

Now, I am an organizing nut, especially since Gemr came into our lives. Before this magical world, I couldn’t manage this collection in a way that made me happy, so I just didn’t do it. Gemr is not only a place to show off what you’ve got – it is a place to catalog your things and have a record that you can refer to, no matter where you are. You could be somewhere and see something that looks similar to an item you already have, but something may seem “off” to you. Refer to the photo you posted on Gemr and compare it to what you’re looking at. Using Gemr is much easier than digging through pictures on your phone, even if they’re in albums.

Ideas to Help You Organize Your Digital Collection

Gemr to Organize your Collection -- list of SANorton_Pokemon's collections.

As of the date of this writing, we have about 125 collections on Gemr, mostly cards, as each set has its own collection. I did it this way because people are always looking for something different, and if they know the set, they can scroll around and find it. There are over 80 standard English sets currently (July 2019), and we only have 5 sets that we haven’t shared any cards from yet (we have cards from every English set released). Plus, promos and special cards have their own collections.

No matter what you collect, you can do it like that as well. You could do things from specific years – individual years (1980, 1981…), or every five years (1980-1985), or even by decade if you choose. You could do it by character (Venom, Deadpool, Spider-Man, Superman, Batman), by toy maker (Bandai, McFarlane), or by where you found your things (flea market, online). Some Gemr Family Members do it by rarity or holy grail items. You can even do it by color!

Keep Track of What You’ve Shared!

A notebook of Pokemon Cards

I really, really recommend keeping a running record of what you’ve shared to Gemr already, especially if you have a massive collection like we do, or like some of our favorite Funko, book, video game, and toy collectors. This will make it much easier to use Gemr to organize. Because we don’t share every single card from a set at the same time (we pick some and save the rest for later, no set shared yet has every card we have from it with the exception of Skyridge, the lonely Skarmory), I need a way to have a running list of what has already been shared.

Notebook of Pokemon cards with names written down.

Here’s the process. Sean picks a set, and then we pick the cards that I photograph and edit. I have several 3 and 5 subject notebooks that are just for cards shared to Gemr. Each set has its own page (or pages for the bigger ones), numbered through the number of cards in the set. The notebooks go in set order from Base to Unbroken Bonds and beyond as they’re released. As we share a card, it gets written into the notebook that corresponds with it. I also have a Pokémon journal that I use to catalog everything else that gets uploaded.

Now, I like to handwrite everything. Aside from my Gemr Blogs, I don’t type anything. If you prefer, you can use a program to organize, like Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. You can do one category that corresponds to one collection on Gemr. That will make it easier to sort through instead of broad categories like, “cards,” “figures,” and the like.

Getting Started: Using Gemr to Organize

SANorton_Pokemon's Profile -- click it to visit her on Gemr!

If you haven’t done this already and want to, don’t be overwhelmed! This is actually a lot of fun, and it’s rewarding when it is all done and organized, and you can look back at what you’ve shared already, and what is to come! If you would like to do this but are unsure where to start, feel free to send me a message, and we can do it together!

Gemr is the #1 free app and website for collectors. It’s the best place on the internet to meet fellow fans, show off your collection, talk all things geeky, and buy and sell cool stuff with people who love the same things you do. If you’re looking for the only place on your phone (or the internet) built just for collectors — this is it!

Written by Andrea Norton
Sean & Andrea Norton are obsessive Pokémon collectors, Gemr Bloggers and Gemr Ambassadors. They collect everything Pokémon, which fills their entire house. Their Pokémon Card Collection is at 25,000 and counting. They have three cats; Gemma, Scarlett and Ollie, and three other spirit cats at the Rainbow Bridge; Rhett, Diesel and Tinkerbell. Known as SANorton_Pokemon, they are exclusive to Gemr. They take Litten everywhere and she is the third member of the group! Sean is a US Army Combat Veteran and Andrea is a former Welfare Fraud Investigator. They live in the Fox Valley, Wisconsin, above Andrea's parents, Teri and Joey, who are a big part of their Pokémon Collecting and life. Andrea's favorite Pokémon is Buizel, and Sean's is Greninja. They truly Gotta Collect It All!