Friday, December 30, 2011

What to do...what to do...

The DVD Dilemma...SOLVED!

It seems that every year after Christmas I am itching to organize every aspect of my life.  Could it be due to the stacks and stacks of new "things" that we seem to accrue over the holiday?  Perhaps.  Could it be a bit of my obsessive compulsive nature coming out?  I can neither confirm, nor deny that THAT has anything to do with it (snort). 

Several months ago when I decided it would be a good idea to refinish our, then, media cabinet and move it to the Dining Room, I was left with these lovely boxes filled with DVDs. 

It wasn't the most efficient way to store our DVDs...nor was it easy to locate a movie to watch.  More often than not, we would end up with a HUGE pile of DVDs strewn all over the floor in an effort to locate the last Mission Impossible movie or Monsters, Inc...or whatever else was stored at the BOTTOM of the box (never the ones on top...no, no, no, THAT would be to easy). 

Mr. AKM must have got tired of watching me twitch anytime someone would want to watch a movie (I'm sure I've mentioned before that I am an obsessive a bit of a neat freak) so he put a little something special under the tree for me this year...

For those of us with Major OCD issues when it comes to organization, these are like crack!  I squealed with delight when I found these wrapped up for me.  Each sleeve holds TWO DVDs!  Sa-wooon!  I. AM. IN. LOVE!  After working on these for two days...a total of maybe 3 hours tops, this is what I am left with.



ROCK ON!  Is that not awesome?  Seriously people look at how cool that is!  I went from two boxes overflowing with DVDs to one little basket...and I STILL have room left over to add more!  AWESOME-SAUCE! 

I used a total of 3 1/2 boxes of DVD sleeves to finish the job.  Holy Crap that is a lot of DVDs!  I had some issues deciding on how I wanted to divide the DVDs up.  Do I do it by kids/adult/family/drama...blah blah blah or alphabetically?  In the end, I decided that alphabetically would be the easiest route when it comes to looking for a movie to watch.  Sooo...I pulled out some envelopes that I had and stuck a label on top with the corresponding alphabet.  Totally simple!  You can even use some cardstock or old file folders to make dividers.  Whatever works for you!

Take a look at how neat and tidy this basket looks sitting on the shelves in my living room now...


Just looking at it makes me happy all over again!  Now I need to figure out what I can store in that other basket...

So what projects do you like to tackle after Christmas?  Are you all into getting organized or are you the type to stuff it all in a box and wait until next Christmas to get motivated?

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12 comments:

  1. I've been trying to find a DVD solution for ages ... I think this is it! So much simpler than one of those binder things ... thanks for sharing!

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  2. How great are these!! Didn't know they made them. I will definitely have to check into this idea. Thank you!

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  3. Thank ou all so much for your sweet comments!

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  4. What a great idea, i've not seen these sleeves before. I wish I had a little bit of neatfreakness, I tend to live in organized chaos! x

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  5. Love it!! What did you do with all the DVD cases?

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  6. Love it, I've been thinking about doing this and now I will for sure.

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  7. Hey Shelby,

    I actually tossed all the DVD cases after I pulled out the "info" sleeve.

    Thanks for commenting!
    *hugs*
    Angi

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  8. Jam,

    I found these awesome little sleeves at Target but I've since found them on Amazon as well. Go get your neat "freakedness" on!

    *hugs*
    Angi

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  9. Great idea! We have hundreds of DVDs sitting on a shelf in our computer room... it looks horrible. This is a genius solution I never though of!

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  10. I just ordered a box of sleeves to try this, I did the sleeve thing with cds and it freed up so much shelf space. I will try the dvd sleeves - hope they work as well as the cd sleeves did. Iif I can find just sleeves to put the rest of my "junk' into, I will have a neat and organized house and life!

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