Oh, DVDs and CDs! They have been a headache of mine for years. We had an entire media cabinet filled with them. Two drawers in my oldest son's room, and half a drawer in my youngest son's room, all jammed packed with them. We could never find the DVD or CD we wanted, and when my kids would go searching for what they wanted, a lot of times, the DVDs and CDs would end up being dumped out on the floor. Our system was NOT working for us and something had to change!
When I started thinking about organizing this space, I knew I wanted:
A. A system where my kids could not dump the DVDs and CDs out on the floor.
B. A system where I could put our entire collection together in one location.
C. Something big enough that our collection would have room to grow.
I have been thinking about this for months-no really, I have haha! Every time I have been in a store the past few months, I would go down the media aisle to see what my options were. In the end, I decided to go with these awesome Memorex Travel Cases that I got from Target! I could not be more happy!
|That's right- it says 256 ct! I bought two of these babies. One for our DVDs and one for our CDs!|
|I also bought two of the 128 ct. One for the kids DVDs and one for their CDs!|
|The first thing I did, was sit on the floor and lay out the cases in front of me like this...|
|Wow! Then, I just started filling up the four cases and throwing the empty DVD and CD cases to the side. This actually went faster than I thought it would!|
|What a mess! Looking at this, I wonder why I ever thought it would be a good idea to keep all of these cases!|
|In the end, I had 7 trash bags full! 6 full of the plastic cases and 1 full of paper trash!|
|Let's take a look in my media cabinet now...|
|Look at all that extra room in my media cabinet! Plus, we have plenty of room in our cases to grow our collection! I did not take a picture of it, but I also added labels to each case so we would know which case is which.|
|My son also has two empty drawers in his room now! Yippee!|
What did I do with all those empty cases, you ask??? I posted on Facebook asking if anyone wanted them. A photographer friend responded, and she is picking up all 6 trash bags today to reuse the cases! It's a win-win! If you don't have anyone to pass them along to, the plastic cases are also recyclable!
There you have it! A smart and simple way to organize your media!
Would love to hear from you! How do you store your family's media?