Movie Storage (Zone Defense)

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On Zone Defense, we’re tackling clutter and working to put in place a game plan for home organization.

Well, I didn’t know that the halftime show would last as long as it did. May is such a blur to me. I’m not sure what happened.

Did you get your living spaces all decluttered, cleaned, and organized? Honestly, it’s a daily battle around here. But, this zone-by-zone approach is working for me. I feel good about doing something even if I can’t do everything. And slowly I’m working through my house to dejunk and simplify.

And just when I’m done, it will be time to start all over again. Hehe. Such is life.

May’s assignment was to tackle living areas and entertainment items. We talked about the main spaces as well as book storage. Before we move into June’s zone (travel and transportation stuff), let’s squeeze in a few good flicks.

What to do with your movie storage?

If you are super high tech, then you probably have all your films stored as digital copies. It’s lightweight, takes virtually no physical space, and easy to dust.

For the rest of us, you’ve probably got discs and tapes to organize. Yes, I said tapes. We still have some VHS tapes from the Ice Age. Since our VCR/DVD player still works, I haven’t yet given them the heave ho. I mean, we have the original Toy Story on tape!

It’s getting a little worse for wear, though. It’s days are numbered. But I digress…

What should you do with your movie storage?

While I am a big fan of storing things right where they are used, this currently isn’t the solution for our living room where our TV is setup. See?

It’s a fairly simple — and on a good day — uncluttered room. TV, speakers, TV table, two leather chairs, a couch and a lamp. The extra chairs pictures are normally in our school room. So, there’s not a really good place to store movies, especially since I don’t love having things out in the open.

So, our movies are stored just to the right of this picture in the foyer in the Red Dresser. Yes, that’s its name: The Red Dresser. (IKEA, Hemnes collection in case you were wondering.)

Top drawer: handy things like flashlights, tape measures, extra hair clippies (in two words, junk drawer).

Middle drawer: movies

Bottom drawer: handy things like bathroom scale, kites, and candles (read: junk drawer number two)

This is what the movie drawer looked like before I got back in the game:

I spent an hour or so sorting through all our movies, putting them in their right cases, labeling some blank cases, throwing out useless cardboard sleeves, and basically setting this space to rights.

I even discovered that our Incredibles DVD was not scratched as we previously thought, but was instead rubbed with crayon. A little polishing reveals that we can once again watch the adventures of Elastigirl in her “life as MOM.” The bonus features are missing, but the film is there. Yeah! The kids were so pleased. That is an all-time favorite that we haven’t screened in quite some time.

This is what the drawer looks like now:

The VHS tapes are stored in a box in the garage since we view them so infrequently. No worries — our garage stays quite cool, even in summer, so we’re good on that front.

This one simple thing made such a difference. At least in our weekend nights. The kids and I found all kinds of movies we haven’t seen in a long time. I was reminded of those sweet Roy Rogers days when my little boys loved to play cowboys and video games weren’t even a twinkle in their eyes.

Sigh. The good old days. 😉

So, your task for the week is to go tackle your movie storage. Ditch the films you no longer like or watch. Reorganize. Do some polishing. Watch a good flick. Be Mrs. Incredible.

How do YOU organize your film storage?

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  1. DH got sick of the cases and went with a hanging file box for CD’s at Target. Each case holds 200 CD/DVDs. We categorized on our computer and would search and pull what we wanted. Last year he bought a hard drive and converted them all into digital files and we now just scroll through them using our Apple TV. The Blu-Ray are still in their cases on the shelf (not many of those yet).

    1. I would love to do this! We love our DVD collection, but my goodness, the visual clutter of it is annoying me. Any recommendations for size of hard drive? How many movies can you put on one? Also, what program did you use to convert them?

      1. DH bought a 2 gig hard drive at a sale last year the day after Thanksgiving. He used his Mac and Handbrake (program)to copy all of them. It has over 200 movies on it and it’s still got room to spare.

  2. Cool! I just did this on Friday because our storage area was overflowing!! I also thinned our collection a little and sold those extra DVDs online for about 8 dollars – not much, but something!

  3. I have one shelf on a bookcase for movies.When it gets overloaded we declutter and get rid of what we do not want.

  4. I use those leather zippered cd cases to store them. Cases get recycled and the discs all stay safe and zipped up inside and can easily be put up higher than little toddler hands can reach and scratch. Easy to flip through for the kids to find what they want too.

  5. I use the leather zipper case too. I couldn’t take the cases being all over the place. Now they are all in once spot and when we travel we can take the case with us if we choose.

  6. We have two black wire dvd racks. One for kid/family and the other for mom/dad movies (with checkout by 14yo with permission depending on the movie). The vhs box is in the one room with the vcr (until it dies). The racks are good, its just the humans in the house who take out more than one and leave them scattered by the various tvs. Sigh. Now to dust said racks. yuck.

  7. Oye! Our video collection is massive! Hence the reason we have a HUGE custom designed (by me) entertainment center that has three 36 inch deep dressers that two 48 inch tall bookshelves sit on the end, with the tv in the middle! The top area holds all the electronic equipment (players, game consoles, speakers etc) The bookshelves area is enclosed for books 😉 The 3 dresser’s hold movies and more movies, and more movies 🙂 These are the grown-up movies, mixed in with family friendly live-action movies. We keep it pretty well maintained, and in alphabetical order (as per me!) We tend to stack recently viewed movies near the DVD player so every few weeks we have to sort those one’s back into the drawers.

    Lastly, we have a second smaller entertainment center which holds a tv that I got when I turned 18 (read 20 inch, 12 yrs ago) that the kids get to watch movies on when it’s movies nights, rest time quiet time or they wake up way to early and I throw on a DVD for my toddlers while I catch a few extra zzzz’s in the room next door 😉 With the door left open of course! The smaller entertainment center has a glass door with shelves behind it – that holds the animated collection, i.e. every movie that Pixar has made, Disney, and some other random titles 🙂 Kiddos are free to pick their own movies from there when they can!

    I keep it in regular order, cause otherwise – it would drive me batty! Of course, the baby gets into the animated movies all the time, pushing them backwards and getting them out of order and we suddenly think we have lost several movies, only to find them shoved to the back of the shelf!