Monday, June 1, 2015

Extreme Space Saving: DVD Storage

Hi!

Space is a huge issue in our house - we have a three bedroom house, there are five of us, and I have an awful lot of stuff.

I saw this on Pinterest from Eat Sleep Decorate a while ago - I was so taken with the idea that I mentioned it in this post a few weeks ago.


I've been buying DVDs for over 14 years now - every so often I have a clearout but I'm still left with hundreds of movies and loads of boxsets that I really don't want to get rid of. BUT. They take up so much space, and I can never find what I'm looking for. Sometimes a movie I haven't seen in ages will pop into my head and by the time I find it, I can't be arsed watching it. When I saw this idea, I immediately ordered some blank cases on eBay. I used this seller, and bought 300 clear cases. There are loads of other sellers with the same products, and if you're willing to wait a few weeks, you can get them much cheaper from Hong Kong. 

I made a template from a piece of card and used it as a guide to cut the DVD covers down to size, then I traced around it making sure to get the title of the movie within the square. I had serious fun doing this - cutting stuff out was one of my main pastimes as a child (my Mam's friend used to give my sister and I all her Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines to chop up). I don't know how I managed to NOT take any pictures of this process - but you'll know what I mean. 

Here's the difference between the entire six seasons of Dawson's Creek in original packaging vs all six split up into plastic cases (two discs to a case, but they'd take three at a very tight squeeze)




I bought a twin pack of storage baskets in Penneys for €8 (it had one big one and one smaller one) and another basket from Heatons for €5. I did almost 200 single movies, 60+ children's movies, and seasons 1-7 of Buffy, 1-6 of Dawson's Creek and Season 1 of Gilmore Girls before I ran out of covers - one basket for movies, one basket for children's stuff, and one basket for TV. 

I arranged the movies in alphabetical order, I didn't bother with the dividers - to make it easier, I just laid them out in piles on the table as I was going along - for example I'd put Mean Girls and Mermaids in the M pile, or The Blind Side and Beetlejuice for the B pile. It meant I could just pick the piles up and stack them one after another starting with numbers, right up to Z. 




I threw out all the plastic covers, my husband kept asking me if I'd regret destroying the proper cases but you know what, I can't afford to get sentimental about a load of plastic tat when it saves this much space. Seriously. I filled three huge black bin liners with cases and boxes - the amount of empty space they were taking up was unreal. I am unsure what to do with some of my big box sets like Ally McBeal, The X Files or Friends - they're already boxed so I might just leave them, but all the rest will be getting the same treatment when I order more sleeves. "But they'll be worth money some day" says husband - that is how people end up on Hoarders (he thinks everything will be worth money some day, I should make him read that Beanie Baby book). I will cry over my lost millions if DVD boxes suddenly shoot up in value - for now - I HAVE SPACE!! 

I genuinely can't believe that the entire household DVD collection fits into one corner of a press now, it's amazing!! 


After this picture, I decided I wanted to do the dividers, so I used some small envelopes and printed out some alphabet printables because I couldn't find my label maker (sadface). I put double sided tape onto the letters and cut them out. 


I cut the envelopes either side of the sticker to make it easier to see the letters.


I also wrote the names of the movies in each section on the envelope, that way I know what's there at a glance. 


I'm so tempted to do the CDs next......



14 comments:

  1. Ooh I love a good storage post. I don't have too many DVDs, to be honest (maybe ten?) but this is a great space saving idea. The only thing is it sort of reminds me of those knockoff DVDs they try to sell you on holidays. They're always in those plastic covers with very badly photocopied covers 😂

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    1. Yep, that's what my husband said, "they look like fakes now" but sure nobody else will be looking at them only us :D :D :D I did have a minute of oh shit, what did I do...when I did the Buffy ones but feck it, it's only plastic and THE SPAAACCCEEE!

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  2. Such a great idea, I'm tempted to give it a go myself.

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    1. I think if you can get over the whole throwing-out-cases thing it's a great idea and so helpful to be able to root through one basket on your lap instead of trying to find something in one of many numerous piles! x

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  3. Beautiful post, really interesting...thx for sharing!

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  4. You're so organised! We moved into our house four or five years ago and I still haven't unpacked/arranged our DVDs or CDs. And that's how it shall remain!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

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    1. Oh God Becca believe me, I'm not!! There's crap everywhere, there's a double buggy in the bloody sitting room!! xx

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  5. I love this it's brilliant we are in a 2 bed and there are 4 of us so space is an issue here too, I need to do this!

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    1. It saves so much space and time looking through them! xx

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  6. that's ace...think I'll be doing this, if I can bear to part with the original cases!

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    1. It got a lot easier to throw them out after the first 20! x

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  7. I love the idea of this and it looks great, but it would break my heart to take the dvd's out of their covers lol x

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  8. This is such a great idea! They take up so much room. May have to find some time and do this.

    M xx

    The CSI Girls

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