You ready for more organizing fun? I've got some new organizing tips for you today. I've been trying to take on one small organizing task each month. It seems like doing one small things is easier than trying to do a whole bunch of projects or one big project. It is nice to see little area after little area become a little more tidy and organized. I also love changing things up, so it has been fun to see little changes in these areas without it having taken me all day or all weekend.
This month, I took on organizing our movies. We use Netflix and Hulu a lot, but we still have and buy some movies. They used to be organized. The adults movies in one cabinet. The kids movies in another cabinet. But as things go, one of my kids decided to rearrange everything. She came up with her own system that no one but her understood. From there it was a downhill spiral. Once no one knew where to put things, the movies just got thrown in there. At the point the before pictures were taken for this organizing, I had already organized the games (don't they look nice?). I tidied up the movies at that point so they don't look too messy. They just were thrown in there and we had a hard time finding what we were looking for.
You ready to see how I organized the movies and saved a ton of space? Have I mentioned I love open space? Makes me smile to open a cabinet or closet and seem empty space. 🙂
Let's look at where things started. As you can see, the games are still neatly organized even a month later. Yay! On the top shelf, you can see our movies and puzzles. The movies are fairly tidy but all jumbled up and there are more behind the row on the right. It was hard to find a movie or even know what we had. I also suspected I could save a bunch of space.
I think it is best to start any organizing project by emptying the space to be organized. I took out all of our movies. I left the puzzles and two games that reside on these shelves. I think I'm going to organize the puzzles a new way next month(or maybe just talk everyone into throwing them all away!).
Next up, we sorted through all the movies. There were some, especially for the kids, that we had outgrown or didn't like anymore. When we were done, these were our three stacks of movies to organize.
If you would like to organized your movies the way I have, you will need:
- Binder (D ring binders work best with the DVD inserts)
- DVD Inserts – I ordered mine from Amazon because I couldn't find them locally. (affiliate link)
After discarding and donating DVD's, I organized them by various categories that work for us. I put them in one of two notebooks. One notebook contains the movies for the adults. The second notebook contains the Kid/Family movies.
When I was done, these 2, 1″ notebooks was all the space all those movies took up! LOVING that! ♥
The DVD sleeves (affiliate link) that I used are able to hold DVD's on both sides. I wanted to keep things a little easier for all of us to handle, so I only put movies on one side of the sleeve. It meant I used a lot more sleeves, but I think it will work better for us in the long run.
Since this was originally posted, I've created cute covers for the notebooks as well as dividers for inside the notebooks that indicate the different categories in our binders. You can read about those in that post or you can see and purchase them right here:
For now, I placed the notebooks on the shelves above the cabinet which holds the games. I gained a bunch of space on this shelf by sending a set of books back to my cousin. Now there was plenty of room for the notebooks.
As you can see, I've got more room in the bookshelf as well as in the cabinet. LOVE that!
Our movies are well-organized and easy to locate. They will be even more easy to locate once I label the folders and make the dividers for inside. Always more projects, always! 🙂
Do you have other ideas for organizing movies? Do tell, I'd love to hear other ideas and share them with my readers. Leave a comment below.