Hey, friends! Hope y’all are having a great day! Thought I would share my first storage solution that works great for small homes, but transitions well to any size home! DVDs, blu-rays, and CDs can often cause clutter in a home, but can especially make a small home look messy, even if kept in a pretty rack or shelves (like I had). Storing them in something nice, AND keeping them out of sight, was a great solution for My Wee Abode.
“Before” the solution. Now y’all, just ignore the quality of this pic (I’m still working on this huge learning curve called ‘photography’). I wanted to ‘keep it real’ and show you how cluttered this corner of My Wee Abode looked before the storage solution. 🙂 It wasn’t awful, but I just really didn’t like having all those plastic covers and array of colors screaming from the corner of my li’l living area. (Okay… maybe not screaming… maybe just raising their voices… really high!)
What you’ll need:
- Scissors or paper cutter (optional, totally not necessary)
- DVD/CD Notebook (the one gifted to me by a dear friend is not listed on Amazon at this time, but here is one that is similar)
Sad little music pile. I do love music… Most of it is in my car! 😉
GATHER AND PURGE
First thing I did was gather all my DVDs and blu-rays on one side of me, and then my CDs on the other side. I then went through each one, decided which ones I wanted to keep and which ones I wanted to donate. I found that I had duplicates of DVDs and blu-rays (my son likes to gift me with the current blu-ray genre), so I put the duplicate DVDs in a pile to donate. If I found that I no longer liked the movie (it happens, but not often), I put that in the donate pile, as well. Same with the CDs. If I found that I no longer cared for the style of music, or maybe it was just outdated (that happens, too!), I placed them in the donate pile, too.
This one got to keep his jacket because it’s a collector’s edition. It’s really special inside!
SEPARATE INTO GENRES (ALPHABETIZE?)
I preferred to separate the discs by genre, instead of alphabetically. As I add new discs, I think it will be difficult to keep them alphabetized, but I don’t think that will be an issue for me. Maybe I’m wrong… what do you think? By separating them into genres, I can keep track of them pretty easily. I did separate the CDs by artist’s name, as I usually have more than one CD per artist. Any ideas how to keep them easily alphabetized, without having to take them out and reorganize all the time?
TRIM and INSERT
Each page of the notebook is double-sided, and each side includes a sleeve for the cover/DVD guide and two sleeves for the actual discs. At this point, I pulled the covers and inserts out of the plastic covers. I thought I was going to need to trim the covers, but found that they slipped right into the pocket that was made for them! Easy peasy! I placed the disc(s) in the adjacent sleeves (could you guess that? Hehe!) If there were additional inserts from the media container, they easily slid behind the title cover.
What was really nice was that two inserts could be stair-stacked in the long sleeve, and I could put the coordinating DVDs next to them!
Another pleasant surprise was, if I only had the disc (and no insert), the disc titles were easily visible through the transparent sleeves. (Really, you CAN see them easily… photography learning-thing again. 😉
A soon-to-be empty drawer in my console will be the binder’s permanent ‘home’. I think that is the most accessible spot for the discs and will keep the binder out of sight. But until then, under the bed it goes! 😉 Still easy to get to, and no one will ever know it’s there! Hehe.
I think it looks SO much better… Much more bright and airy! What do you think?
What storage solutions do you use for your media discs? How do you organize/arrange the discs (genre/alphabetize/both)??? I’d love to hear from you. It really does make my day!
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