How to Organize Your Cluttered DVDs for Not Being An Eyesore
Massive DVD discs without organization seemingly swallow quite a large space of room and even involve the room into a clutter. And, it is not an easy task to dig out a desired DVD from discs thrown randomly. What's more, precious DVDs are probably broken or scratched if there is no protection. If you've had any of these cases, you do need declutter your DVDs to make them in order instead of an eyesore in your house. Here are some must-have tips to declutter your DVD discs to build a well-organized DVD library.
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Declutter DVD Discs by by Alphabetical Order
If you have enough space to store you DVD discs, sorting DVD by alphabetical order could be the most reasonable way to keep your DVD collection organized without abandoning any physical discs. Listing DVD movies in A-to-Z order allows you to find a movie quickly and accurately every time you want to see it. For example, you want to thrown on Joker? No problem! There it is under the 'J''s where it should be.
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However, it doesn't mean sorting DVDs from A to Z is a perfect method. Every now and then there may be some exceptions. Yes, I know it sucks but I'd like to show you when it's acceptable for not going the alphabetical route.
1. Movies that start with numbers.
You have two ways to sort DVD movies that begin with numbers. For example, if you have flims like "28 Days Later" or "300", you can put them under the "T", since both numbers start with a T. But if you declutter them simply with in numerical order and put them before "A", it will be more organized.
2. Movies that begin with "The's" and "A's".
There are too many movies starts with "The" and "A". If you put all of them under T or A cloumn, the two sections will go on forever. Thus, the best choice is to ignore "The's" and "A's".
3. A sequel movie which named differently.
A sequel movie named with different names really brings difficulty for organizing DVDs. Take The Evil Dead series for example. You have The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and then Army of Darkness. Sortting them by alphabetical order? Obviously, putting the sequel movies all together gives you a better experience.
Organize DVD Collections by Your Preference
Another well-recieved DVD organization method comes to declutter your DVD collections by you preference. It seems not coherent, but is this really the case? Certainly not. This method suggests keeping your favorites and dispose the unwanted old DVDs, which can save a lot of storage space in your room. It's an significant step towards minimalism living. Now let's go further towards how to declutter DVDs based on your preference.
Step 1: Isolate your favorite DVD movies.
There are always some DVD films that you come back to time and time again, no matter when you feel down, too tired to concentrate anything or when you're alone. This requires you could fast find and fetch your target DVD every time. For that, you're recommended to clear a shelf completley and put all your favorites in it.
Step 2: Get rid of the rubbish.
We may buy DVD discs for a variety of reasons, being recommended by friends, being attracted by the high ratings on IMDb, or simply because of an actor or director. It might not be your thing after watching it. Seriously, why are you keeping them? They do nothing but taking up a huge space in your shelf, cabinet and so on. Why not sell such old DVDs for cash or donate them to help those in need? In short, get the unwanted DVD discs out to slim down your DVD collection library.
Step 3: Make a "To watch" pile.
There are some DVD discs that you think you may watch it later. Just put them together to build a "To watch" pile. Then when you want to watch a movie but have no idea which one to watch, you can pick one from it. This helps you make a quick decision, especially for those with choice difficulties.
Step 4: Repeat the process frequently.
Don't think declutterring DVDs once will make them organized all the time. The odd thing about DVD organizations is that the more you do, the more you can thin out, until you get to a streamlined and fresh DVD collection that you can enjoy.
Anything Else to Note for DVD Declutter & Organization?
• Do not organize by genre, actor or director.
Many of you may prefer to organize DVDs by genre. It's okay for a small DVD collection. But if you have a huge collection that accumulated over decades, it will be a mess. That's because a movie is uaually tagged with several genre, for example, "The Lion King" is tagged as Animation, Adventure, and Drama. Which one should you put it in? The similar situation goes when sorting DVDs by actors or directors.
• Don't mix movies and TV series DVD togethor.
Just as the title says, DVD movies and TV series DVDs should not be mixed together. There is nothing more annoying than looking for a DVD movie and having to skip through 8 seasons and 73 episodes of Game of Thrones or two seasons of The Westworld DVD. However, it's a different story if you have 300 DVD movies but only one TV series.
No matter which way you prefer, DO NOT NOT organize your DVD movies comes the most important rule for DVD declutterring and organization. It may sounds weird, but I'm sure you understand the double negetive. Imagine that you're planning to watch "Knives Out" to kill time, then it takes around 20 minutes to find its case from a jumble of cluttered DVDs. You open up the case but the "Frozon 2" movie is sitting there! What the hell is that? This could make you extremely frustrated that don't even want to watch a movie anymore.
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