Release the Cases: How to Store Your DVDs

Do you own DVDs?

I’ve been seeing a lot of people rid their house of DVDs on Facebook as everyone starts making the switch to digital or streaming services. I get it, since DVD storage is a pain and DVDs don’t always hold up (especially with kids in the house). That being said, we have a massive DVD collection and it would be a huge financial commitment to turn around and re-purchase everything in a digital form. And yes, we watch them all. We have no lives.

Up until recently, our DVDs were stored in the walk-in closet in what has become our TV room. They were convenient and accessible, but they took up the whole closet and the shelves were a mess much of the time because we had to shuffle through to find the movies we were looking for. I don’t know if you can tell in the photo below, but each shelf was stacked two layers deep and often we’d find that the movie we were looking for was the very last movie we’d see.

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After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I decided that it was time for the cases to go. We’d been keeping them with the idea that we would want to display them someday when we have that house that we don’t know when/if we’ll ever get. You know, the one that has all the space and is always the best place to store and display stuff.

The plan was to put the DVDs into binders and throw the cases away. We had, however, attempted the DVD binder plan when we moved from Ohio and the result was that we could never ever ever find our movies. So, when we started this time, the first step was to divide the movies into categories: Drama, Comedy, Musical, Kids, TV Shows, Fitness, Action, and Disney.

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Once they were separated, we had a better idea of how many movies we had in each category. That gave me an idea of how many binders we’d need and how to pair them up, since I used removable tabs from 3M to mark the categories in the binders. Disney and Kids went together, Comedy and Drama went together, TV Shows got their own binder, etc. Our Fitness pile was so small, we ended up putting them in one of those little CD binders everyone carried around in college.

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Then came the tough part. For some reason, I was really emotionally attached to a lot of the DVD cases. I mean, there were obviously a bunch that I didn’t care about (especially the secondhand ones from the video store back when we had video stores). Others, though, were nice box sets that I really felt bad throwing out. Then there were the deluxe Disney DVD cases with all of the fancy artwork and the little paper sleeves. It felt a little wrong to be trashing them…but at the same time it was ridiculous to keep them when we don’t have space! So, they went into the trash and once all the cases were bagged up and out on the porch, I felt much better.

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We didn’t get rid of every DVD case. I have an awesome box set with all of the Friends episodes and Kyle and I honestly watch them all the time. We’re addicted. We can watch all 10 seasons and then turn around and start right over. Kyle kept a few of his box sets as well as some randoms that he couldn’t part with. They went back into the closet, where they occupy half of a shelf.

The rest of the DVDs are now neatly stacked in binders in our media cabinet. We can find them (fairly) easily as long as we know which category we’re looking for and we gained almost an entire walk-in closet in the process.

IMG_8226My only regret is that we didn’t do this sooner, because we moved those DVD cases 5 times in the last 6 years! Grabbing the binders would have been much easier…and perhaps if we could have flipped through the DVDs we wouldn’t have ended up with multiple copies of Sleeping Beauty, Sleepless in Seattle, Steel Magnolias, Speed, and One Fine Day. As it is, I’m just happy we have them under control now…especially since we’ve switched to buying digital a lot of the time. Perhaps this is the end of the Morgan family DVD chaos.

 

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4 thoughts on “Release the Cases: How to Store Your DVDs

  1. we haven’t gone through this with DVDs, as the only ones I buy are Disney, and we really only have about 50 others from the 2003-2008 era. BUT, about two years ago I decided I didn’t need to keep all of my CD cases, and it was a similar struggle. I had belonged to BMG as a teen so I amassed a TON of those cases, and still bought actual CDs until 2006 or so. I kept a couple that were sentimental, but I had the same feeling of relief when I kicked the rest of the cases to the curb.

    • We need to do the CDs next…I feel like that will be more of a sentimental struggle. I’m also not sure if we should just digitize all of the music and then get rid of the actual CDs! We never pull them out to listen to them, but it does seem sort of weird to just own our music in the cloud.

  2. We did the binders for the CDs years ago, but the DVDs are still piled high. We have a lot of collectors sets that are just too hard to part with and honestly, I like looking at the covers so they’re staying. We’re not digital people so unless they outlaw DVD sales, we’ll just live in our DVD forts forever. lol The new system made a huge difference for your space though!

    • Yeah, I think if ours had been out where we could see them, a lot of the Disney ones might have been saved. The ones that had the special edition covers were pretty sad to toss.

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