Okay so we tackled the books not long ago and now it’s time to think about organizing and decluttering DVDs. It’s hard for people to part with books and I know for many it’s hard to part with DVDs as well. Decluttering DVDs is hard for me, as you will see below, I totally get it. So many memories can be attached to movies and TV shows. They can bring you right back to a time or a place in an instant. This past month I managed to purge and donate 40 DVDs though. Here’s how I did it!
First I should probably start out by telling you something. I keep and store my DVDs in their original cases. Yep I’ll admit it. I love seeing all the DVDs lined up in a pretty little row with their spines facing out. I also like having the option of donating or selling them when I’m done with them. This is easier to do when you still have the original cases. But having said that, I am aware of how much room these DVDs take up. I wanted a home for them that would also act as a limiting container. In other words, once the “home” was full, it would require the one in, one out rule to maintain the space. This is the multimedia storage tower (affiliate link) that I have in our basement and I absolutely love it.
Here’s what mine looks like. I think it’s pretty. The wall color on the other hand has got to go.
Now I know what you are thinking. “Laura if you were practicing the one in, one out rule, how was it that you were able to get rid of 40 DVDs and the storage tower is still full?” You guys are so dang smart, I can’t get away with anything around here, haha! Here’s confession number two. The other day I was cleaning out under the bed, and yes I know that sounds crazy but we’d just gotten a new mattress, and that’s where I discovered I had tucked away a few of my favorite TV series sets. I think I had them stashed there to keep my youngest from destroying them when he was younger. These include my beloved Golden Girls and Reba sets after all. Stop laughing. They comfort me in times of trouble :)
Although clearly I haven’t watched them in awhile.
Thankfully my son is older now and past his days of destruction so I marched those DVDs (did I mention they are beloved?) downstairs to the DVD shelf only to realize there was no room at the inn for them. Naturally there was only one thing to do.
I threw out all my husbands DVDs.
Bahaha just kidding. But I did manage to go through and purge 40 DVDs. Mostly old Christmas movies of mine and little kid movies no longer watched. All this to say, I made room and purged until it fit! I made choices and made it work.
Now I know what else you guys are saying. Gosh you all have a lot to say today! :) “Laura with so many movies and TV series on Netflix now, why not get rid of more DVDs?” Obviously because then my DVD storage tower would be half empty, duh! Sorry couldn’t help myself. This space also holds all my son’s video games as well and a half full storage tower would just be kind of sad don’t you think? Also did I mention my DVDs bring me comfort in times of trouble? Yes they do! And as of yet Golden Girls and Reba have not joined forces with Netflix. Weird I know.
Friends is on Netflix though and those DVDs will probably be the next to go should I need the space for something else. But don’t tell my kid that or he’ll use that as an invitation to buy more video games. Shhh it’ll be our little secret.
Oh and yes I know Gilmore Girls is also on Netflix but I need to protect my emotional stability should Netflix and I ever break up. Gilmore fans I know you’ve got my back on this one. Coffee at Luke’s is on me. Mwah!
Okay so after that rambling
justification explanation of my storage tower, I wanted to share a few other ideas for organizing DVDs just in case you need a solution that requires less space. Options are good right?
Use these movie sleeves (affiliate link) to hold not only the DVD but the disc cover as well. Add them all to a nice basket and you will save yourself all sorts of space!
The other option is to transfer your DVDs to a DVD metal ring binder (affiliate link). This binder solution also has room to hold the DVD and disc cover.
So whether you use a storage tower, a basket with sleeves or a binder to store your DVDs, what’s important is to declutter regularly and to have a limiting container of some kind. This will reign you (and your family) in and keep you from getting buried alive under a pile of DVDs no one is actually watching. You can thank me later, preferably in Paleo chocolate :)
The real question though is this…what old TV series do you watch to comfort you in times of trouble? Do share!
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