Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's like Christmas around here!

I don't think there is anything that gets me as excited as having an organized house.  Obviously from my "before" pictures I was falling a little short in the organized office part.  I decided to bite off this room bit-by-bit.  Check out the complete remodel here.  My biggest issue with this space was the quantity of DVDs we have occupying my book shelves.  It was such a waste of good space.  I researched a little and eventually found the perfect solution!

I started by taking all of my DVDs out of the office so I could have a little space to work with.  This basket on wheels was the perfect means of transport to the living room.

My husband has an unhealthy obsession with the Simpson's.  Of course my little helper was excited to get started.  She really did help!  She was the garbage girl and kept my garbage pile nice and neat.

I found these amazing DVD slips at Target.  I had looked all over the internet, so I was really surprised when I found the answer at my neighborhood Target store.  Please be aware that for some reason I couldn't find them at the Super Target.  They only had them at the regular Target stores.  Weird...

Each pocket has an insert that holds two DVDs nice and tight.  It's amazing how many movies have two discs that come with them.  Does anyone ever watch the second disk of special features?  I don't.
I took out the DVD label and folded them.  I slipped them in the primary pocket of the sleeve.  Then the DVDs were put nicely into the inner sleeve.  To save some space, I would also combine the same types of DVDs that only had one disc.  For example, Austin Powers 1 and 2 went into the same sleeve.  It helped save space since I did have 150 DVDs!!


Here it is all nice and neatly put together.

To make them pretty, I found this basket with a lid at Home Goods.  I love it when organization and design come together!

OK, I know I could get creative with labels, etc. but I am a designer and not a cute label whiz.  I actually like the simplicity of the labels.  Want to know a little trick?  I used envelopes to make the dividers.  I just placed my label in the corner and stood the envelope up vertically.  I think it worked out nicely.
I created a separate section for the little one.  I didn't want to have to look thru the entire box to remember what DVDs we specifically have for her so I thought her own little section would be appropriate for those times when watching Monster's Inc. for the 2,000th time is a matter of life and death!

 
I also have a separate section for video games.
I came up with a good system to easily put the DVD back when we are done.  I flip up the DVD right behind the one I took out so I know exactly where it needs to go.

Can you believe there are 150 DVDs in this tiny little box?  Me either!  It is nice because we don't have to walk to the office to get a movie, they are now in our TV room.


The basket underneath the table holds all of our video game controllers, etc.


The best part!  Look at my office shelves now!  Aren't they so pretty??  I even have room to spare.

I'm so happy I got to share this with you.  I know a lot of people that are in the same boat and don't know of a good way to organize their movies.  Hopefully this helps!

Thanks!





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22 comments:

Marilyn said...

LOVE this.. Such a fun post..:)) Officially following ya with smiles.. I'm Marilyn from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com and I would LOVE for you to link this to my Pin Inspirational Thursdays Party happening now pweease.. TY.. Off to indulge in all this burst of creativity here.. :))

The Ottosen Family said...

Love this! You should see my DVD cupboard! I think I just might give this a shot!!

Sean and Mekensy said...

BRILLIANT! I love this idea. I'm going to have to give this a try!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love the organization and the portraits of the little one are precious!

Ty and Whitty said...

It looks amazing. I love how your organized your movies it takes up much less room. I should so this. Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

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Just Jaime said...

Love the organization!

Erin @ Stumbling Tongues said...

Brilliant! DVD storage is a major organizing headache for me too, so I'm *beyond* excited to try this with our collection. (And I'm slapping my forehead that I never thought to do this before!) Hooray for downsizing & decluttering! Thank you for the inspiration, Shellie & Ashlie!

Chris said...

Hi there, it's always good to take the time to organize a collection. It's so easy just to toss them here and there. Looking good now. I found and am now following you through My Romantic Home and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Jen said...

Stopping over from IHeartOrganzing! I love this solution. I'm definitely looking into this for our collection. Thanks for sharing. :)

Jen @ The Decor Scene

AJ said...

Omg my dvds are "sorted" into 5 binders and there are still dozens scattered on the shelves. This idea is SO much better! I'm definitely looking forward to doing it! Added to Pinterest and now following your blog!

Becky said...

This is great, thanks for the great tip! we have so many movies i can never find what i want, i cant wait to get started on this project!

Kelly said...

What a great idea!!! Stopping by from iheart!

Kelly K
believingin1.blogspot.com

Christina said...

A fantastic idea!! Thanks for sharing!

Colleen said...

Love what you did here! Loving the new black/red theme for your shelves. Glad I found ya via I Heart Organizing!

terri said...

AMAZING!! I am feeling the need to tackle this project for my house. Thank you for the inspiration.

Mandi said...

Great idea! I'm unpacking in a new house, and I keep putting off what to do with the DVD and video game collection. I ordered the same sleeves from Amazon, along with the bin they sell - it will fit perfectly in my media cupboard and hold everything, so I just went with that product. I love your basket for having out in the open, though!

Cindy@Learn2Play said...

I love this! We currently store all of our DVDs and CDs in binders. Which is heavy and ungainly and a real pain to alphabetize.

Plus, since I wanted to keep the cover sleeves, they're all still in their jewel cases taking up a ton of space.

Now I can keep the artwork and the discs and recycle the plastic! Yay!

Amy H. said...

Love it! I scoured out my local Target and got the last 2 packs they had......I have to find 7 more boxes.....that is right! Over 300 movies That isn't even taking into account our box sets of DVDs. Can you say SPACE SAVER big time! I love that you posted this. Thanks bunches!

Jenn McClure- Caldwell said...

That is really AWESOME! I found you through iHeart Organizing. I think this is a cool idea, and I'm going to eventually do something similiar. I have a lot of movies back home that need to be organized and my big black DVD cases aren't doing a good job. Thank you for sharing this!

<3 Jenn
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Briana said...

Thank you for this post!!! I have been trying to figure out a way to organize those dreaded DVDs for quite some time! This is it! I am headed out today to get those movie sleeves!

Quick question, what did you do with all the DVD cases once you took the DVDs out? Toss or keep?

audrey said...

Love, love, love this! I immediately went to Amazon and bought enough sleeves for all our movies (we live 2 hours from the nearest store other than a grocery store). The next time I made it "into town", I went to Ikea and bought the BLADIS box that is $12.99 (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10164618/) and it fits the sleeves fabulously! I wanted a box like the one in this post but the Ikea one was the closest I could find and it has been great. It is a little taller than the box in this post but it is a great solution!

Abartley said...

LOVE this idea! They no longer sell these sleeves in the Target stores, only online. So because of that I'm curious how many boxes of sleeves did you buy to accommodate 150 DVDs? Thanks again for sharing this. My husband and I have an entire large bookcase full of DVDs and with a toddler, its time to share the space with toys. :-)

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