Oh, yes. Many, many movies.
And because of this, our DVD/BluRay collection has grown fairly extensive. We've whittled it down to our favorites a few times now, but it's still enough to fill a six-foot bookshelf. Plus some.
I tried lining them up according to genre. Better, but not good enough.
Then one day, as I wandering the container aisle in Walmart, I stumbled upon these little beauties and fell in love. Justifying the cost as necessary to maintain my sanity, I grabbed half a dozen and brought them home.
|I saw colorful bins like this at Walmart this week for $1 each.|
The movies fit perfectly.
More than perfectly, since the crates stacked so precisely. Vertical storage was now an option in my limited space!
I was addicted. I needed more.
Every time I went to the store, I snagged a few more crates. At just over a dollar each at the time, it wasn't too much of a stretch on my budget. And seeing my lovely little crates gave me a giddy high every time I passed by.
The organizational high fueled my madness. Labels. I needed labels! So I spent more time than I really had and created labels for each genre - complete with appropriate font.
Obsessed, I poured hours into creating a printed guide of where to find each movie, which was assigned a specific crate. Not only that, but I listed how long the movie was, who starred in it, and when it came out. I scoured the internet to get my answers as my house slowly deteriorated into a hoarder's nightmare.
When I finally emerged from my organizational walking coma, my family reintroduced themselves and we settled in to watch a movie. I sank into the couch, sated and completely satisfied.
Until we bought another movie.
Fast forward a few years and more than a few messy meltdowns...
While I'm still project-obsessive, I've relaxed my standards to a reasonable and acceptable level. We still have those crates and labels, but the rarely used guide has been put to rest. It's enough to know all family-friendly movies and games are on the bottom three shelves and the rest are out of the reach of curious littles. When I'm longing for a sappy love story, I pull out the Drama crates one by one until I find the one I'm looking for. Or when it's time for a Star Wars or Harry Potter marathon, they're easily found in one of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy crates.
|Dishpan for holding game controllers.|
And that's enough for me.