We finally have an organised DVD collection! In my recent blog birthday post, which was also a round up of the last year, I was inspired by my weekly organising challenge posts (catch up on those here) to do a bit more sorting around here! I could really do with challenging myself again but at the moment, with so many projects in the planning stages, I don’t think it’s practical. Perhaps I could aim to organise something each month?! Why is clearing out and getting organised such a relentless task?! I feel like we are never, ever on top of things!
Anyway, back to the DVD’s! The motivation behind getting this project completed was that we are intending to have a bit of a change-around and turn our ‘den’ into an office space. Both my husband and I bring work home with us every now and then and with that, the blog and our own home paperwork, it will be very useful to have a space which is dedicated to ‘work’ rather than having to sit at the kitchen table and move every meal time, which is what we currently do.
We have a large storage unit in our den which will lend itself perfectly to our study but it’s currently full of board games and craft supplies.
When I thought about where these things could go in our new set-up, I remembered that we had a whole cupboard full of DVD’s in our living room which could easily be condensed if we took them out of their cases and stored them in plastic sleeves. I had previously organised all our DVD’s into these white IKEA boxes but as you can see, our collection has since grown and this system was no longer working.
I have been contemplating re-organising our DVD stash for some time and, I know it sounds ridiculous but the thing that was stopping me was the fact that if I wanted to sell any of our DVD’s on, they would sell better in the original case.
I decided this was a ridiculous reason to prevent a more streamlined storage system so I have boxed up all the cases for now and put them in the loft. If we do decide we want to sell some of our DVD collection, we can just dig out the ones we need. (Incidentally, this will never happen. Why do I never learn?!)
So, moving on…
I ordered these clear plastic CD / DVD sleeves from Amazon and used some IKEA storage boxes we already had to reduce the space our DVD collection took from 8 larger boxes (plus overspill) to one small box.
In order to ensure we could find the film we needed within a few seconds, I made dividers using scrap-booking paper. I cut the sheets to the correct size using a template and laminated each one. I labelled the tops using clear tape in my label maker.
Happily our entire collection of board games fits comfortably in the cupboard space with our DVD’s and we now have a lovely free shelf in our craft cupboard (along with lots of empty white IKEA storage boxes ready to organise our office supplies when we are ready for them!)
How do you organise your DVD’s? Do you feel they take up too much of your valuable storage space? Does anyone even watch DVD’s any more?!! I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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