For many years (and before Netflix), instead of paying a cable bill each month, I bought used dvds of tv shows and movies. I re-watch every thing tons of times, and as they were used and therefore relativly cheap, I amassed a huge collection. This is great for building a stellar media library, but horrible when it comes to finding what you want to watch. Every time I moved, I rearranged furniture and storage methods hoping that I had finally found a system that could attractively hold everything and still allow me to find what I was looking for. Every time I came up with a big fat failure.
When Adam and I made the decision to cancel our wedding and elope, we invested in a few pieces of new furniture with the money we had ear marked for the wedding. One of these pieces is a gorgeous console from Restoration Hardware for the massive TV that Adam insisted that we “needed”. I was excited to fill the drawers with my dvd collection just like all of my workout dvds sitting pretty in the console in the bedroom. This elation disappeared quickly when I realized that the collection filled 8 Uhaul moving boxes so there was no chance in hell them fitting into those bottom three drawers.
When we moved into this house in July, I basically gave up and stacked the boxes of dvds in the garage. I was out of ideas and was sick of trying. Of course as with anything in life, once I stopped thinking about it the solution came to me in a flash…well more like on the wisp of inspiration from a blog. While reading through my daily reads, I saw a a photo that included a long basket holding sleeves of dvds in it as part of living room make over. A-ha! An idea was born. I had thought of putting dads in a case logic books at times, but opted not to as the books are ugly. I also had been hesitant because I usually use the description on the back of the case to remind myself what the movie was about. But then I realized that I can just IMDB the movie on my phone in seconds so that was not a great reason. The only one thing that was holding me back now was that was that tv shows are better kept in their cases so they stay in their seasons.
That’s when I realized that the bottom drawers of the console were actually the perfect size to fit all of the tv show cases. I immediately felt pretty stupid that it took me so long to figure this all out. Later that week I checked a few stores for baskets and boxes and discovered these linen covered library-esque boxes at target. I bought one box to test, checking on my phone while in the store to make sure that I could buy them online so I would’t have to come back to buy the rest if they worked (I could and they were cheaper!), added a box of sleeves to my cart and home I went. I discovered that not only did the boxes work perfectly, but I could fit them in one of the drop door spots of the console too…double yay! That night I sleeved the first 100 dvds, counted the rest and ordered the remaining number of the boxes and sleeves needed to finish it all up. Within a week they had arrived and the entire process was done.
I don’t think that I have felt so happy to have solved an organizing dilemma as much as I was with this one. Already I have watched more movies in the past 2 months than I did all last year because it was such a pain in the ass to go through them before. It also makes the console look rather handsome with its row of boxes. Ahhhhhh, that felt good. Have you had an awesome organizing revelation recently? I’d love to hear about it!