With the holidays officially kicking off in just a few short weeks, now is the perfect time to look around your home and save some space. Your home décor doesn’t have to be solely for decoration or to beautify your home. Sometimes the best décor items add storage and offer unique organizing systems for you and your family.
Alejandra, of Alejandra.tv, offers a simple storage solution for your DVDs and other disc media items. In her YouTube tutorial, she outlines how she completed her project and turned over 62” of DVD cases into a small media bin, which can easily be stored on a bookcase or inside a media console. Goodbye bookcase full of cases, hello extra space!
In the video, she uses a simple, metal media bin. These can generally be found at Target, Walmart, or other similar stores. Search around before you settle on the ordinary though. The new Threshold line at Target has had some stylish, decorative ones which will add appeal and functionality to your bookcase or media center. (The one pictured above was recently found at Target.) Rubbermaid has also released a line of stylish bins and containers which can be found in most home decorating sections.
To store her discs, Alejandra elected to use DVD poly-envelopes which can be found at any home office or general purpose store. In Target and Walmart, check the media center first (near the computers). She additionally mentioned the comparable paper ones, which will prove less durable over time, but come with a cheaper price tag. Depending on your budget, either will work well to complete this DIY. If you are looking for longevity of both your DVDs and sleeves, another recommendation is to find the micro-fiber backed ones. Though not as colorful as the ones used in the video, this option is a white, fabric backed sleeve with clear pockets. The fabric backing will prevent scratching and help protect your media over time. Generally, these sleeves are double sided, so you can include the special features disc behind the feature film or store multiple DVDs per sleeve. These sleeves are only available at office supply stores, such as Staples or Office Max.
Think of creative ways to categorize your disks, once they’re in the bin. Alejandra choose to organize by genres of movies, color coding each sleeve with a specific type of film. Other ideas are organizing by type of media or alphabetically.
Instead of creating dividers, Alejandra simply placed a Post-It Tab on the first sleeve in each section. Another simple idea is to cut cardstock squares the same shape as your media sleeves and place them between your desired sections. Simply measure or trace a sleeve, and cut as many dividers as you’ll need. Then place the Post-It Tabs on the dividers and use a label maker or permanent marker to label each one. This method allows you to move sleeves around without replacing the first disc in the section.
Whichever basket, sleeve, or organization method you choose, this project should save some space and create brilliant storage with a simple solution. Just make sure it’s a method you and your family can follow. Happy organizing!
For other great organizing ideas, be sure to check out Alejandra.tv or subscribe to her YouTube channel.