We used to have a crap-ton of DVDs. Seriously, they took up an entire wall. It was cool, though, because we had a nice big organizer from Ikea that looked super sexy on said wall. Then we moved into our tiny little house. We have windows on every wall, so there isn’t a single open space long enough for our cabinet!
The new plan: Declutter, join Netflix, and ditch our clunky DVD cases — opting instead to store them in this lovely little binder that tucks nicely under the television. Looking back, I can’t believe how much space we wasted before!
Step One: Declutter!
Get rid of every movie that you aren’t head-over-heels in love with. Most libraries rent out DVDs for free, and you can also join Netflix, go to Redbox, or stream pretty much anything from online sources like hulu. (There are even cables that hook into your tv so you can watch them on the big screen!)
Step Two: Ditch the cases
You can recycle them through GreenDisk.com. A lot of Best Buy stores have recycling centers for jewel cases and DVDs, too!
Step Three: Grab a Sharpie
Label any disks that don’t have the title written on them. If you loan out your movies regularly, you might want to stick address labels on the front, too.
Step Four: Pop them in a binder!
Do NOT get overexcited and spend five hours organizing them alphabetically! They’ll just be a pain in the future when you have to reorganize everything after buying a new movie, and you might procrastinate about putting them back if they have to go into the “perfect” spot. Just group them by genre, and if you have a series of movies or a few seasons of your favorite TV show, group those together, too. Keep it simple!
Bonus Points: If you lend out your movies on a regular basis, you can grab some velcro and stick a few jewel cases in the back. I like these erasable labels that allow us to write the title of the movie on the case.
Pretty sweet, right? How do you store all of your media?