D is for DVDs
My DVD collection used to be fairly massive. For years, movies were the go-to gift many people bestowed upon me.
And I do love movies.
Even though I stream a good majority of what I watch now, I do own a DVD player. And until that DVD player becomes obsolete, I like having a collection of favorite movies on hand. If I'm sick, I like knowing that I can watch Romancing the Stone or Silence of the Lambs with no Internet connection required.
Several years ago, though, even before I dug into the idea of minimalism, I got sick and tired of looking at my bookcase of DVD cases. Those plastic cases are ugly and bulky!
I settled upon a solution involving media boxes and clear plastic sleeves.
I already had a set of media boxes I had purchased at Pottery Barn. More recently, I've seen some interesting media boxes at The Container Store and IKEA.
I bought my sleeves at Target. I actually drove to three different Target locations to purchase enough for my project. Since then, I've seen them on Amazon. There are a variety of kinds to suit personal preferences.
Completing this project took patience. I knew this transition would be time-consuming, so I set up my project table knowing it would take me several sessions to finish.
- First, I pruned my DVDs. If I didn't see myself watching a movie again, those DVDs went into a donate pile.
- For each remaining DVD, I pulled out the paper movie sleeve and cut it to fit inside the new plastic one for easier movie identification.
- Each plastic sleeve holds two movies, so I did have to adjust my DVD flow for series or special collections that included two or more DVDs.
- All of the excess paper and any inserts still in the DVD casing went into a paper recycle bin.
- The empty DVD cases were divided into two piles. Broken and worn cases were thrown in the trash. The plastic was not acceptable at local recycling centers. The cases that were still in good shape I took to the library. A friend also suggested trying a used book store that accepts DVDs or games.
- Once I had the DVDs in the new sleeves and alphabetized, I used paint chips to create index cards.
- Now my collection fits into four media boxes: two for most of my movies in alphabetical order, and two for special editions.
I hated looking at those tacky DVD shelves. However, seeing how much plastic I threw out because it wasn't usable did contribute to me deciding to stream more movies than own personal copies.
And after I watched the documentary Bag It, I truly felt post-DVD sleeve project guilt. Years later. Now I carry my own bags and Klean Kanteens wherever I go.
On the more positive side, reorganizing my DVDs definitely helped me improve the aesthetic of my home. Since I kept my favorite films, My Person and I dig into this movie collection once or twice a month, and I foresee us watching these movies for a good time to come.