Organizing Music Games DVD’s A Place For Everything, and Everything in it’s Place. Do you watch American Pickers? The reality show about the two guys, who travel across America, looking for rusty gold. The two guys, “Frank Wolf and Mike Ruff, pull up at homes they find, that look as though they are collecting tons and tons of junk. Rusty junk for that matter. They are actually looking for pieces that were pretty much manufactured in the US, which are now rare, but collectible. Things like bits and pieces of cars and bikes, seem to be a favorite, along with advertising signs, especially enamel, old oil bottles, pre war era toys, anything that’s old, but in good enough condition that it could be restored, or that is collectible.
One thing I always notice that most of these odds and bods collectors always own, is old records. Some have them stacked from floor to ceiling. At times the guys will search through hundreds of them, looking for a couple of rare, collectible and very expensive editions, leaving more often than not with maybe two or three out of a pile of a few thousand even.
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It seems the record covers which are released as first editions, however then are stopped being printed, due to the nature of the picture on the cover, being too out there for the general population. I remember a Beatles album, with a baby on the front cover, being one such example.
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I think they paid the guy about $1000 for it. They then walk away from the other 999, commenting that they are pretty much, worthless.
The old LP’s also take up a stack of room, and most were scratched years and years earlier. So if you’re collecting and holding onto your records, in the hopes that they may one day be worth a fortune, my advice would be, get rid of them. Free up your space. They are big, bulky, collect lots of dust and sound pretty bad, unless in perfect condition, and played on a really good record player.
Have a look online for a second hand record dealer. They will at least pay you something for the ones with no scratches.
Keeping hold of things in the hopes of them skyrocketing in value, is all pie in the sky. Everyone still owns records, why not turn them into some pocket money, while you are able to?
Hooray For CD’s
Along came the 80′s and with it bought CD’s. They were tiny compared to the cumbersome records, and looked great stacked in high towers, all around our living rooms. Problem with this was, it wasn’t long before those 50 spaces filled up. Crystal cases got broken, and Cd’s started taking over every vacant position they could find, throughout our lounge rooms.
Fighting the CD’s for some display space were our old Video Cassettes. (Speaking of cassettes, weren’t they messy old things to try and store in a tidy organized manner? Link to how to organize books.) Video cassettes were large and bulky. They took up plenty of room, any place they were stored, and I know lots of you still own these clunky old things.
DVDs and Blue ray discs, along with uploading straight to our computers, and even television sets, in a decade, took over from the video cassettes. Much smaller, or taking no space (other than virtual), discs in comparison, to the videos, are so much easier to keep organized and take up so less a space. The quality of the movies are far superior, and I can’t suggest more strongly that, if your still keeping video cassettes, get over it. Either, find a site online and download the movies, which you are hanging onto or go and buy them on CD. If your looking to save money, Call into a second hand shop and look to replace the movies there. I’m certain you’ll be glad that you did it.
Expert on Organizing Music Games DVD’s
Today, my awesome readers, I have an expert on all things to do with organizing music and movies. I’d like to introduce you all to Jay Preston. Jay is author and Brand Manager for ToolHQ and having only recently gone through the process of organizing his own collections, has some great tips to help you organize yours. Thanks and take it away Jay.
Organizing Music Games DVD’s
One weekend, not so long ago, I was cleaning up the living room with the kids. Once we put all of the cushions back on the couches and the television remote controls away and everything else that seems to clutter up the living space, I noticed that there was something else that was becoming more and more of an eyesore. It was my entertainment center, where CD’s and DVD’s were piling up because there was no more space on the rack that they were supposed to be housed in.
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You may wonder why anybody needs so many CD’s as to run out of space to keep them on the shelf, and there is a simple answer to that question. I like to have hard copies of the music I own. Sure I use digital formats all of the time, but if it is something that I really like, I want a hard copy of my own. So my CD collection grew to a size that was difficult to store. And really, the same can be said of my DVD and Blu-ray collection. I needed a solution, something to save space and to eliminate clutter and to make it easier to find what I was looking for. So I had a new project to tackle.
I tackled the CD’s first. I started by sorting through them and making a stack of music that I no longer wanted. I put them in a box and took them down to my local used record store and sold them. I didn’t get much, but it was better than collecting dust and somebody else might enjoy them down the road. I only kept what I thought, I would never get tired of.
It was important to only keep what was very important because once I organized them; I wouldn’t be able to sell them like I did the other CD’s.
I went to the electronic store and picked up two CD cases that could hold 220 CD’s each. I took all of my music, categorized it and put the insert and CD into the first case.
I did the same for the kid’s DVD’s after my music was done. Once each case was full, they were the size of a small carry-on suitcase and would probably be over the weight limit if you tried to board an airplane with them.
They easily slid under the entertainment center and are now out of the way. Better yet, the bookcase now has books on it instead of CD’s, DVD’s and Blu-ray movies.
The CD’s and DVD’s were taking up four shelves worth of space and now, if you didn’t know where to look you wouldn’t know they were there.
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No More Clutter
The clutter is gone and it is very easy to find the music or movie that you are looking for without having to scan endlessly across multiple bookshelves.
A Place for Everything – Next DVD’s
Next I will organize my own DVD’s into cases, but that is a project for another rainy Sunday afternoon.
Habit of putting things back
For any new system to work, requires more than just the sorting and putting away of the objects your organizing. To be sure the area remains tidy and organized requires a system or new routine to be developed, and used by all members of the household. Being mindful of this new way, sticking to a set routine and working at forming a habit around how you deal with these multimedia items, once you’ve finished using them, is the only way you and the family will continue to keep the area tidy.
At minimum have a rule that anything taken out must be put back, into its place, and while forming the habit, try and help one another remember the rule.
Bio: Jay Preston is author and Brand Manager for ToolHQ. He enjoys sharing DIY and home project ideas.
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