At first, we opted for the three-ring binder solution:
Problem: It was too much trouble for SOME people to find the empty slot to return the disc to. We ended up with stacks of naked DVD's stacked on top of each other NEXT to the binders.
Ikea to the rescue one more!
Knos box for $7.99/ea. A bit pricey for Ikea standards, but still a bargain.
I loaded up on these, buying enough for what we have plus a couple more for future additions.
You can get these sleeves anywhere, but the ones at office supply stores are priced better. Some are half plastic/half paper, but I prefer the thicker 100% vinyl ones.
We split up the DVD's into categories and placed them in the assigned boxes in alphabetical order. (It may be excessive, I know, but I will always be able to find the movie I'm looking for)
They fit perfectly in the Ikea Billy bookcases that flank the TV.
I like that there's no visual clutter (although I must work on doing the same thing for my books), and I love the oodles of space I've saved. Another project in the works: make labels for the boxes...at a later time...
Here is our media center in the living room. Don't mind Diego...I was not prepared to fight with Liv to turn it off just so I could snap a pic.
The girls are the ones who play with the Nintendo Wii, and they know to put their nunchucks and all in the box next to the console. Also, on the lower right-hand shelf sits a box much like the DVD storage that houses the DSLR and video cameras and their respective chargers.
**Please ignore the window behind the TV. It's an eyesore, and the placement was NOT intentional, but I had run out of viable options**
So there is my media center work-in-progress. Perhaps I will post an update once I get my jumble of books to look aesthetically pleasing in my bookcases.
And just to demonstrate how the same organizational methods can be applied to any style of home decor...here's a peek at my favorite sister's media center organization efforts:
Looking at this, you would never think, "Oh, this is where she keeps her DVD's!"
Isn't it beautiful?
Oh, and she made that piece of art in the back!
These CD storage boxes were purchased on the cheap from Walmart!
The index tabs keeps everything in its proper place!
Don't you just lurve it??? To see more of her lovely home renovation and decorating efforts, check her out here:
Until next time!