Luckily for me, the videos have been done several times over the past couple of years, because one of my daughters got really motivated one weekend and labeled everything. So - she arranged them with typed labels right on the side of the videos so we didn't need to mess with cases (more on that later) - so the videos were all ready pretty much done. Yay!
|Christianna's Labeling system - no cases to worry about! So nice for little ones.|
I know your next question - if I don't have a working VCR, why am I keeping any videos at all? I guess I just can't quite let them go - too many memories of my family when everyone was little. :) And honestly, I am planning to get a VCR just for watching these few precious videos - I thought we could probably find a decent one on Ebay or something - do they even sell VCR's in the stores anymore? I guess they probably do, but I assume it's not super common, because I never see them anymore. Just another thing to add to the to-do list. :P
Enough about videos. On to the DVD's, CD's, and computer games! This task was mostly part of our Day 11: Office challenge as well, since we had a lot of the computer & audio CD's stored in there and we decluttered them when we were moving things out for my nephew to use that room.
I have a bunch of different organizing systems for discs, so here's how I handled it - I put all the computer games in a CD organizer that I purchased a few years ago, it's a pretty neat idea by "Discgear" - here's a link & picture:
This is a pretty awesome little organizer, you will have to check it out. You can even keep an inventory of all your CD's/DVD's on the internet with their program. However, I decided not to do that. Why?
Because I have learned over the years that if I hyper-focus like that, I'll spend hours setting it up and then probably not maintain it anyway because kids will mix them up. So I just put them in there and wrote the titles on the little pull-out tray. That way when you want one, you look it up on the tray, slide the little tab thingy to the corresponding number, and it picks up the CD for you. Pretty awesome!
Next - DVD's! For these, I have them all stored in a simple "CD Binder" like this:
- I had discovered that trying to keep CD's/DVD's in cases does NOT work with kids. Seriously, unless I stand there and force them to put them back every time they watch, there will always end up being a little stack of DVD's near the T.V. This is a problem, because they get dirty or scratched, and even if I go over there and put them all back every week or so, often they have gotten ruined in the process of being thrown on a flat surface like that.
- A few years ago, I had taken a little community class by Christy Youd that taught some organizing skills (below is a picture and link to her book.) The class and book are very helpful and taught some great principles for organizing and keeping things organized. One of the principles Christy taught us was that everything should be easier to put away than to get out. Think about it from a kid's perspective: If you really want to play a game, for instance, you will search all over to find it, but when you are done playing, it will likely get left out when you are done unless it is super easy to put away. This made sense and really struck me.
by Christy Youd
I wondered how I could make the "putting away" process be as SIMPLE as possible?? And then I had a brilliant idea! (This was a job for Jumbled Sunshine! POW!) Here is my solution - a "one step" putaway idea as demonstrated in the picture below:
|Case Logic AV-12 12 Black Capacity CD Visor|
We still have a few of these hanging up here and there, but when we moved from one home to another in 2009, furniture got moved around and the system became disrupted, so I've never put it back. And with older kids now (mostly teens around here) we don't have near the issue with DVD's not being put away, because they recognize the value a little more. (ish. . . ) BUT - I would HIGHLY recommend the "one step" put away solution - especially if you have little kids, or bigger ones that never put the DVD's away. It worked great for us for years. :)
One last word - we did a similar thing with videos, trying to make the "put away" process easier than the "take out" process. In order to do this, we "threw away" (or donated) all the cases and just labeled the edge of the videos themselves. This idea also came from Christy Youd's book - at first the thought stressed me out, but when I thought of the jumbled mess of cases and videos that were always piled near the TV, I figured it was worth a try. And because of that simple change, we rarely have disorganized videos anymore. (Okay, I admit it may be because we don't have a working VCR so no one watches them anymore! hee hee) But hey, all I can say is that once I got over the shock of throwing away all those cases, I really really liked it. I haven't missed them a bit.
|And look how nice it looks!! :D|