Last month I was trying to find a movie to watch before bed. I pulled out our entire movie collection from where it was stored (in our buffet, located in the dining room) and became frustrated when I couldn’t find anything I wanted to watch, because everything was all mixed up.
Comedies were mixed in with horror films, kids movies were mixed in with dramas – it was a mess. When I did finally find a movie that looked good, I became even more frustrated when I realized that the movie that was in the case was not actually the movie I wanted to watch.
Needless to say, I didn’t watch a movie that night and the next day I set to work, organizing out movies.
While there’s nothing wrong with having a large movie collection, there is a problem if you can’t find what you want because your movies are not organized. By organizing your movies, you are telling yourself that these items are important to you and you want to be able to find them when you need them.
If you have a big stack of movies in your home that are in dire need of some organizing, this post is for you!
When you begin organizing your movies, you first need to do a quick sort.
A quick sort is when you go through your collection and make a “keep, toss or sell/donate” decision within 5 seconds of picking up an item.
Carefully analyze the movies you currently own and decide if you really need to keep every last movie. If you don’t think you will watch it again, it needs to go. Is it really worth the real estate in your home to hold on to something that will never be used and enjoyed again?
Decide How To Organize
Determine a place in your home where you will keep your movie collection. Ideally, you want to keep them as close to the television as possible, but I know that that is not always do-able. For us, we have to keep our movies in our buffet in the dining room, because if they were anywhere near the television, Elliott would be able to get a hold of them and that would just be a disaster!
Once you’ve decided where to store your movies, it’s time to figure out the best way to organize them. By genre, alphabetically… there are many ways – pick the one that works best for you. You may even decide to organize by genre AND alphabetically. Whatever is going to aide you in finding the movie you are searching for in the shortest amount of time – that’s the route you want to go.
Bonus Tip: If you own DVDs, consider ditching the cases, and storing your movies in a large binder with DVD/CD sleeves.
If your collection of movies is very large, be sure to keep a complete inventory of the movies you own. This is handy for many reasons:
1) Easily loan out movies to friends and family by sending them your list, instead of having them dig through your movies one by one.
2) Prevent buying a movie more than once. When you find a movie you want to buy, you can quickly scan your inventory to see if you already own a copy.
3) Easily provide your insurance company with your inventory. If your home is damaged or burglarized and your insurance company asks for an inventory the items in your home, this list will come in handy.
Put Them Away
Organizing any area in your home is relatively easy. The hard part is actually maintaining your system and making sure things are always organized.
Be sure to put your movies away (in the right cases!) as soon as you are done using them. Make it a rule. It’s important that everyone in your house follows this rule if you want your movies to stay organized.
Movie night is a fun event for many families (ours included), but the fun can only happen if you don’t end up getting frustrated going through your disorganized movie collection to find something you want to watch!
Organizing your movies is one organizing task that really doesn’t take much time at all. Set aside an hour or so one day and go through your collection. Get rid of what you don’t want and organize what you do – then enjoy movie night with your family more often!