Make it Monday
Recently I posted about how we did away with cable in our house. It’s been over a month with no cable or internet service (besides our smart phones and Netflix on our TV)! You can read about it here: How I Cut Cable and Internet…and Lived to Tell About It
It’s still going very well! But, in case you’re wondering what we do for entertainment (besides good ‘ol board games like I talked about here) the answer is Netflix and DVD’s. Yep…we have TONS of them which is part of the reason why I felt compelled to get rid of cable service. We didn’t watch a ton of TV. But, when we did, it seemed like we tended to pop in a DVD rather than browse the TV for something to watch. I’ve always felt I had a little more control over what the kids watch when they are watching DVD’s too-it puts my mind at ease.
I’ve also started the journey of having less which you can read about here. You might wonder how that works with owning tons of DVD’s…well, it’s a process-one I’m still working on.
When I decided to start having fewer items in my home, one of the first areas I wanted to go through was our DVD collection.
This is what I started with:
Yikes! It’s just overwhelming! I decided it was time to do something different and make a way to find our movies easier and without the need to dig for them. Each basket is full with two layers of DVD’s.
The first thing I did was get rid of the DVD’s that we don’t watch or that the kid’s have outgrown-see you later Elmo and Barney! (insert happy dance!)
That helped quite a bit. However, I still didn’t feel good about the outcome.
I did some hunting and found these DVD sleeves on Amazon which claimed to be a “space saver.” It sounded perfect so I went out on a limb and ordered enough for every single DVD that we owned (minus the ones I set aside to donate to the library).
I was like a kid at Christmas waiting for that delivery to come. I will admit…I may have not hiked that week because I didn’t want to miss out on the mail coming! GASP! Once it did, I tore open that package and got to work right away! (yes, I’m a dork and was looking forward to this project that much!!!)
I took each movie out of the original case and put the title sleeve and discs into the new containers. It looks like this:
You might be wondering how this saves space. Well, here’s the proof!
On the left you will see a stack of movies in the new cases compared to the stack on the right which is the original cases for those same movies!
Pretty amazing, isn’t it!
I was able to get rid of (aka donate to the library/thrift store) the old cases by the box-full! It felt SO GOOD to get rid of that much cluttered mess. It was an area of my house that just ate at me because it felt so unorganized.
Now, look at how the DVD’s look:
Go ahead and count those baskets! Yep-I went from 3 baskets with 2 layers of movies in each one, down to 1 basket with just 1 layer of movies!
We can still easily read the titles to the movies and they are all protected in these new cases.
And, yes! We kept Scamper the Penguin from this post: Scamper the Penguin: The Odd Movies Our Kids Fall in Love With
I just HAD to make a post to share this discovery with you guys because it’s a game changer for us!
Let me know what you think! Are you going to give it a try?