Friends! This post has been a long time coming. A very L-O-N-G time coming. I am so happy to tell you all that I have finally organized my DVDs! And I feel like it’s the best solution out there. At least for us. :)
In order to really appreciate this new system I feel the need to share what a struggle DVD organization has been for me in the past. The picture above was taken about 7 years ago in our previous house. Life with three kids brought many things into our lives – one of which was a decent collection of kids’ DVDs that I organized in this drawer in our entertainment center. In alphabetical order of course. No.. I haven’t changed much. :)
This worked great. Until..
Kole was on the move. Adorable? Yes. But on a mission each day to destroy every ounce of organization in my house.
See what I mean. Never thought I’d say this but I miss those days! Not the mess.. but definitely my little terror. :)
When we moved into our new house I put all of the DVDs (that had grown into an even bigger collection) on my hutch in our playroom.
I know that DVDs will be phasing out eventually with Netflix, Streaming Media and all of the other options out there, but my kids still watch and love these movies. We have family movie nights and watch old favorites, we use them when we travel, the kids watch them with friends. We just aren’t ready to get rid of them yet. But keeping them out like this in the playroom was a terrible temporary solution! No matter how hard I tried I continued to struggle to find the exact movie my kids wanted to watch, to keep the correct disc in the correct case, and to keep some sort of order with these movies that my kids were constantly moving around.
I had always planned on creating my own system to organized DVDs, but I finally realized that I’m in a phase of life with my now older busy kids where my time matters most. I just don’t have the time for a lot of DIY projects. I had seen and been debating these dividers at The Container Store for years and finally pulled the plug and bought them. I ended up buying two Pro Divider Packs, five Pro Snap-Fit Trays, and LOTS of the DVD Pro Sleeves because we have so many DVDs. It was a long time coming investment in my sanity!
I have to say that I underestimated how long this little project would take! I pulled every DVD from every room in our house and started taking the covers out of their cases.
Then I decided to organize them all alphabetically with their dividers before putting them in the cases.
Pretty soon this project had taken on a life of its own and before I knew it my kids were home from school and we needed our family room back!
So I moved everything into our formal dining room. And then I got busy and it all sat there. For weeks.
Until we needed to use our dining room.
So I moved everything into Kenny’s home office. And I continued to stay busy and it all sat there. For more weeks. Making my husband so happy. He just loves it when I dump my half finished projects in his office. ;)
Finally months later I had a free day to invest in this project. I pulled everything out in the family room (again!), turned on one of our DVD’s :) and got to work.
Ta-da! DONE. DVD Organization. Was it really happening for me!? After years of DVD chaos?
It was. Every single movie we own. In a thin DVD sleeve. With the DVD jacket in front so we can still see pics of our favorite movies.
Organized alphabetically. Oh the JOY!
What was that Kole? You want to watch Big Hero 6? Why let me just flip to the “B’s”.. and quickly pull it out!
Girls.. are you in the mood for The Sound of Music? I’m on it! In record time. :)
And if that wasn’t enough to make me giddy.. just look at all of the space I’m saving! With room to spare in two of the trays. I love how you can adjust them to fit how many DVDs you have.
It took three trays to hold all of our regular DVDs.
Then I used two separate trays to hold Christmas movies and Barbie movies (we have quite the collection my girls don’t want to part with!).
I used my trusty label maker to label the last two trays.
It was so nice to just pull out this single tray in December and have easy access to all of our Christmas movies!
I also added “Kids Performances” to the last tray. So nice to have a place to keep all of the DVDs of plays, school performances, dance recitals, etc. for the kids.
When we travel I just pull out the DVD sleeves we want and put them in a large ziplock bag. I love how it takes up NO space. This set up has been a dream!
So that’s it! DVD organization in my home. FINALLY. I wish I would have done this years ago! But instead of looking back, I will just celebrate the fact that it’s done now.
A before and after that was definitely worth waiting for. :)