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Trevor
04-30-10, 05:11 PM
Given that there has been a lot of discussion lately on how all of us deal with our addiction, both in threads on that topic, and spilling over into multiple other threads, a couple of us have mentioned that perhaps one catch-all thread would be useful.

Maybe it's not needed, maybe it will quickly fade away, but what-the-hay, here it is for now.

Consider this a place to ask and discuss topics such as storage of our collections, why we buy too much, and whatever else.

Post pics of your collection and storage solutions to inspire others. For pics of my collection, just imagine a mild episode of the television show Hoarders.

A lot of these topics have been brought up in the exclusive thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-bargains/556041-all-dvd-exclusives-freebies-5-31-09-ongoing-20.html) lately.

Thread about a great deal on slimcases, http://forum.dvdtalk.com/hot-deals/573102-100-7mm-slim-dvd-cases-17-shipped.html

taco5
04-30-10, 05:25 PM
NICE! :up: Time to get some pictures organized!

bse
04-30-10, 10:16 PM
I just moved from a house to an apartment and i'm struggling to find the space to house my collection, right now I have closets filled and stacks everywhere, I hope some pictures and ideas are shared here for inspiration and motivation to tackle the task.

Cardsfan111
04-30-10, 10:26 PM
Good idea for a thread. My DVD collection is relatively organized--everything for the most part alphabetized, but in 4 different spots. :D Partly out of necessity (lack of space) and partly out of my organizational method. Movies, Kids/Family Movies, TV sets on DVD and finally a catch-all closet which contains an "overflow". I've clicked into the thread where everyone has pictures of their theater set-ups and I dream of a day when I'll have that. I'm honest with myself in realizing it may be years/decades away. :)

Cheato
05-01-10, 01:07 AM
Binders. 240-disc binders. (currently 20 of them, but they're only about 2/3 full each, on average, I'd guess)
Spindles. 100-disc spindles, holding stuff I'm interested in watching soon, new additions from recent purchases, and stuff I already watched but want to watch some of the extras. (currently 5 of them, not completely full)
And a filing cabinet that holds artwork.
Cases go bye-bye.
A simple spreadsheet in chronological order listing everything I've ordered/bought.
My entire collection of 3000+ titles is within reach of where I am sitting right now in front of this computer without my having to get up or move my chair.

hindolio
05-01-10, 03:04 AM
^ efficient yes, but youll get no love from me -wink-

i have used a couple of different organizing systems (different bookcase shelving units, multiple rooms, under the desk, and the lovely "i dunno what to do with it so ill throw it in a box for now"), but i seem to really gravitate to wall shelving.

Trevor
05-01-10, 10:07 AM
Good idea for a thread. My DVD collection is relatively organized--everything for the most part alphabetized, but in 4 different spots. :D Partly out of necessity (lack of space) and partly out of my organizational method. Movies, Kids/Family Movies, TV sets on DVD and finally a catch-all closet which contains an "overflow". I've clicked into the thread where everyone has pictures of their theater set-ups and I dream of a day when I'll have that. I'm honest with myself in realizing it may be years/decades away. :)

Sounds very similar to my system, and my sadness. I'm very limited in how I can store things, as I'm a renter and the place is very small. I see some of those photos and wish for a lottery win, or more personal motivation and commitment. I'd love to have things set-up the way I really want them, but it will probably never happen. So it's pretty much a continual compromise, moving piles around and occasionally thinking that I'm making progress, but in reality probably not.

Trevor
05-01-10, 10:20 AM
Binders. 240-disc binders. (currently 20 of them, but they're only about 2/3 full each, on average, I'd guess)
Spindles. 100-disc spindles, holding stuff I'm interested in watching soon, new additions from recent purchases, and stuff I already watched but want to watch some of the extras. (currently 5 of them, not completely full)
And a filing cabinet that holds artwork.
Cases go bye-bye.
A simple spreadsheet in chronological order listing everything I've ordered/bought.
My entire collection of 3000+ titles is within reach of where I am sitting right now in front of this computer without my having to get up or move my chair.
I have used binders in the past for everything, but changed my mind. I really like to be able to see what I have, and scan a wall or bookcase of hundreds of titles, being able to read all of the information on the case.

Even using binders that allowed for the DVD artwork/inserts, it just took way too long to open each binder and peruse everything.

plus, I lend out DVDs all of the time, and most 'normal' people hated having to look through binders or lists. They like to see the actual cases.

Silly reasons perhaps, and I could overcome them if I absolutely had to move everything into an efficiency or something. But for now at least, I have to stick to keeping them in actual cases (converting them all to slim though). Here's a good deal on slimcases right now, http://forum.dvdtalk.com/hot-deals/573102-100-7mm-slim-dvd-cases-17-shipped.html

I do use binders and spindles for things that I've recorded off of cable though.
i have used a couple of different organizing systems (different bookcase shelving units, multiple rooms, under the desk, and the lovely "i dunno what to do with it so ill throw it in a box for now"), but i seem to really gravitate to wall shelving.
My thoughts as well. I'd love to fit everything on wall shelving.

A couple of years ago I went to the container store and bought a crapload of shelving stuff, converting the largest wall in my condo to virtual floor to ceiling and wall to wall shelving. I think it is ten rows, about 8 feet long each. At the time, I thought that it would probably contain every DVD I would ever own. Now, it barely contains just all the TV sets, and I would probably need at least two more similar set-ups to hold all of the DVDs.

And that doesn't even begin to consider all of my exclusives, which now fill perhaps 50 of those standard storage boxes. Or the hundreds of films that I've burned off of cable.

mdnitoil
05-01-10, 11:12 AM
Yeah, I find myself leaning towards a binder system. Currently I have the massive piles getting shifted about and every available shelf crammed with discs, but it's an untennable solution given the rate of growth. Take into account that I'm married with a family and the space is not exclusively mine to do with what I'd like, and it's just a matter of time before something has to give. I'm already starting to get rumbles from the wife wondering just how many movies a person could possibly need. Stuff them all in binders compressing the storage space and she won't utter a peep.

Travis McClain
05-01-10, 09:22 PM
mdnitoil, I feel for ya. Thankfully for me, my wife is entirely on board with my taste in movies and she's actually even worse at times about wanting to buy something than I am. I'd say there are only a handful of things that either of us brought into the library that is just "hers" or "mine," in the sense that we're pretty much mutually interested in nearly everything we own.

We bought a media tower at Organized Living several years ago, and then bought a second one when they went out of business for much less. They're supplemented by a third, smaller, tower. They've been close to full for about a year now, and would be if we had everything on them.

There are a few titles that are put away inside the entertainment stand, but only because they're superfluous. For instance, the 2-disc Casino Royale that we bought at Walmart that came with two decks of cards; we have the 2-disc Blu-ray version out, so I put away the DVD. I'd have traded it in, except I want to keep the cards and poker chip and I just can't bring myself to break up the set. Likewise, I decided I didn't need the individual releases of the Star Wars trilogy out since I'm never going to actually watch the non-anamorphic original versions. I left the box set out, and stored the individual titles.

We don't have many Blu-rays (35 or so, I think), but there are just enough of them that they won't all fit with the DVDs. Currently, they've got a little stand to themselves. Each time we upgrade a title to Blu-ray, we trade in the DVD version at Half Price Books. Since we typically use the money to buy more DVDs, this has kept the towers pruned. I struggled with trading in the 2-disc Sin City set with the graphic novel, but I decided it's just an incentive for me to eventually break down and buy the real thing anyway. (I'm not letting go of my 3-disc Wizard of Oz set, though!)

Trevor
05-02-10, 08:31 AM
^ That brings up this possible conversation:

Do you all really trade in most of your DVDs once you "upgrade" to the BD? I would never even begin to consider such a thing. Two main reasons.

One, they very rarely carry over all of the special features from the multiple DVDs editions, and I'm a special features junkie.

Two, I can play my DVDs anywhere on the planet. Even without portable players and laptops, we have DVD players in most offices, many cars, and probably at every friend and family member's home you know. My BDs are playable in exactly one room of one house. I'm a homebody, but I still end up watching my DVDs all over the place. Plus I like lending my films out, and no one in my family has a BD player.

Drake
05-02-10, 09:00 AM
^ That brings up this possible conversation:

Do you all really trade in most of your DVDs once you "upgrade" to the BD? I would never even begin to consider such a thing.

I trade them in ,recently I bought The Gauntlet on BD and the upgrade was unbelievable ....I knew the regular DVD release was whacked when i watched it a few months ago (i bought it at BL for $3) the picture was horrible , the colors were way off.
The best part was my wife kept nagging me as to why I was re-buying a movie and then I showed her the Blu Ray and then popped in the DVD ...... she saw the light !!!
So I see no reason to keep the regular DVD release, there is no way in hell I will ever watch it again especially that particular release it was just total garbage.

RobCA
05-02-10, 09:11 AM
^ That brings up this possible conversation:

Do you all really trade in most of your DVDs once you "upgrade" to the BD? I do. Of the 90 or so DVDs I've upgraded to Blu-ray, the only one I've kept is Brokeback Mountain, and that's only because I like the postcards that came with the 2-disc collector's edition. I'm sure I'm missing a couple of special features here and there, but probably no more than that, and I never seem to watch 'em anyway. And I've still got tons of DVDs, if I find myself wanting to watch something where there's not a Blu-ray player, or if I lend something out, both of which rarely happen.

Rob

Dick Laurent
05-02-10, 01:42 PM
Great thread, Trevor. I've been scaling back thanks to Netflix. My basic way to sort is by genre, then alphabetical. I also sort certain directors and actors prior to their corresponding genre (see pics). For directors I sort according to year release, then involvement (producing, writing). So for Tarantino, itís his movies (R. Dogs, Pulp Fic) then writing (True Romance). My BD and HD DVDs are just alphabetical.

As far as buying too much, again, Netflix is helping with that. I'm trying to limit myself to just items I want to OWN, as part of me, in a weird way. I had a CD collecting problem way before a DVD collecting problem, and I can't go crazy on both (I'm relegating my collector OCD over to the CD side of my life).

The pics show the basics of how I display, organize.


http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af213/dicklaurentphoto/DVD%20Collection/DVDWall.jpg

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af213/dicklaurentphoto/DVD%20Collection/DVDWallTabs.jpg

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af213/dicklaurentphoto/DVD%20Collection/DVDWallTabs2.jpg

Trevor
05-02-10, 01:57 PM
Sweet pics DL!

JamesDFarrow
05-02-10, 02:08 PM
Great thread, Trevor. I've been scaling back thanks to Netflix. My basic way to sort is by genre, then alphabetical. I also sort certain directors and actors prior to their corresponding genre (see pics). For directors I sort according to year release, then involvement (producing, writing). So for Tarantino, itís his movies (R. Dogs, Pulp Fic) then writing (True Romance). My BD and HD DVDs are just alphabetical.

As far as buying too much, again, Netflix is helping with that. I'm trying to limit myself to just items I want to OWN, as part of me, in a weird way. I had a CD collecting problem way before a DVD collecting problem, and I can't go crazy on both (I'm relegating my collector OCD over to the CD side of my life).

The pics show the basics of how I display, organize.


http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af213/dicklaurentphoto/DVD%20Collection/DVDWall.jpg

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af213/dicklaurentphoto/DVD%20Collection/DVDWallTabs.jpg

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af213/dicklaurentphoto/DVD%20Collection/DVDWallTabs2.jpg

Can I ask where you got those dividers?

James :)

JJE-187
05-02-10, 02:14 PM
the dividers look homemade. They look like blackboard paper stuff with white label stickers. i might actually try the whole divider thing in my collection someday

Dick Laurent
05-02-10, 02:40 PM
the dividers look homemade. They look like blackboard paper stuff with white label stickers. i might actually try the whole divider thing in my collection someday

You got it! I just cut them out of poster board and then sticker letter what I want on there. You can buy packs of sticker letters for signs at various office stores (Officemax, etc.). The first pic shows they are not obtrusive in any way. You don't even notice the signs when looking at the front of the shelves.

Thanks for the + comments. Glad my collecting OCD can be appreciated...

Cardsfan111
05-02-10, 02:41 PM
I like Dick Laurent's pictures as well. :up:

I think the dividers look sharp, though I don't see myself ever using them. I'll stick with the good old fashioned alphabetical system. I used to wish Blockbuster would just put everything alphabetically--there were times I didn't know if they'd have a particular movie under drama, action or another genre and it took me an extra minute or two to find it.

Yes, it's only a minute or two but my time is valuable! :D

mdnitoil
05-02-10, 02:49 PM
Love the shelf and divider thing as well. My problem is that I've used up all available wall space with shelves and now I'm creating piles on top of them. Pretty soon, once I've built all the piles I can, I'll be stuffing them under the bed. Sooner or later, I'm bound to run out of space. Then when I think that over 90% of that space is wasted air trapped in a keepcase, I go back to the idea of binders. I suppose I could try slim packs as an intermediate step, but once I get into the repackaging game, why not just go all the way with it?

Trevor
05-02-10, 02:51 PM
I continually go back and forth on how I organize my things, I think it's part of whatever form of OCD or whatever disorder I have.

I think I generally prefer everything alphabetically, but certain 'easy' things are separated, like TV shows and BDs and Criterions. Today at least.

But I once spent an entire day organizing all of my empty software boxes, so I'm certifiable and should probably not be listened to.

Dick Laurent
05-02-10, 03:12 PM
I continually go back and forth on how I organize my things, I think it's part of whatever form of OCD or whatever disorder I have.

My 2k + CD collection is mostly organized by what feels right. Mazzy Star feels like it should be sorted after Julianna Hatfield. NOFX after Bad Religion. My wife gave up on that system, and took her CDs out of "my" collection. It's very organic, constantly changing.

JamesDFarrow
05-02-10, 03:14 PM
You got it! I just cut them out of poster board and then sticker letter what I want on there. You can buy packs of sticker letters for signs at various office stores (Officemax, etc.). The first pic shows they are not obtrusive in any way. You don't even notice the signs when looking at the front of the shelves.

Thanks for the + comments. Glad my collecting OCD can be appreciated...

Thanks!

Time to check out Grand & Toy.

James -smile-

Dick Laurent
05-02-10, 03:24 PM
Thanks!

Time to check out Grand & Toy.

James -smile-

It takes some trial and error to get a good divider system. As you can see all of mine aren't perfect in size or lettering, but they get the job done. Good luck to you!

Trevor
05-02-10, 03:40 PM
I suppose I could try slim packs as an intermediate step, but once I get into the repackaging game, why not just go all the way with it?

Dick's picture does a good job of illustrating why I think I'll never go to binders again.

The binders that display disk art/inserts hold what, 40 or so titles each at the most? It would take a bunch of binders to store all of those, and lots of time to peruse them all.

To scan that whole collection to find something to watch would take less than a minute; opening 30 binders and flipping thru all the pages a lot longer. A system like discsox or something like a file system of artwork/sleeves would be faster than binders, but I've never seen one that I like as much as shelves.

Plus, I grab one or a handful of titles to take with me somewhere almost every day. With cases it's easy to do that, but kind of a pain with binders.

Dick Laurent
05-02-10, 03:51 PM
Plus, I grab one or a handful of titles to take with me somewhere almost every day. With cases it's easy to do that, but kind of a pain with binders.

I have about ten empty DVD cases with "Laurent (well, my real name) DVD" printed on the front and spine. I use them as carriers for DVDs I take with me or lend out. I never lend original cases. I hate holes on my shelves.

I get the, "You're like Blockbuster" joke every time.

Travis McClain
05-02-10, 03:56 PM
Do you all really trade in most of your DVDs once you "upgrade" to the BD? I would never even begin to consider such a thing. Two main reasons.

One, they very rarely carry over all of the special features from the multiple DVDs editions, and I'm a special features junkie.


I've kept a couple, it's our default policy to trade in the DVDs. In some instances, it's a no-brainer. For instance, when I bought The Thomas Crown Affair for my wife for her birthday, it included the exact same DVD disc. No reason to keep a second DVD in a second case taking up space. If I ever get around to buying the Grumpy Old Men/Grumpier Old Men double-feature BD, you can bet I'm parting ways with the full screen DVDs.

One instance where I have kept the DVD is The Departed Two-Disc Special Edition, because it includes the Scorsese on Scorsese documentary feature that wasn't ported over to the Blu-ray.

Two, I can play my DVDs anywhere on the planet. Even without portable players and laptops, we have DVD players in most offices, many cars, and probably at every friend and family member's home you know. My BDs are playable in exactly one room of one house. I'm a homebody, but I still end up watching my DVDs all over the place. Plus I like lending my films out, and no one in my family has a BD player.

I will never in a million years watch a DVD in a car. It's hard enough to get my wife to turn off the TV and just listen to music at home, and I'll be damned if I'm giving up the one setting where I still get to just play music! (And even at that, there are all the times she gets or places a phone call, or just doesn't understand the value of cranking up a song and singing along without holding a conversation.)

The one part of this where I do come out on the short end is, I got in the habit in the last few years of watching movies with commentary tracks in bed at night. I don't know why, but I find it a lot harder to pay attention to a commentary in the living room, and the bedroom much more conducive to getting into them.

And, to be honest, I have no interest in taking movies with me to someone else's place. If I want to watch something--especially something I already own--I'll stay home and watch that something. If I'm visiting a friend or family member, it's to see that person. I hate watching movies with people in a home environment, because there are always entirely too many distractions. Someone always feels the need to ignore the feature and just carry on as if it were background, and I can't abide doing that. It's a carryover from high school drama class, I think; the first lesson we were given was how important it is to be an attentive and respectful audience. To this day, I have a hard time ignoring a performance be it in person or on a screen.

As for lending DVDs, that just about never happens. I rarely trust anyone with them, because even my closest of friends seem to have a hard time keeping things from happening to borrowed items. We lent Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume One to a couple of friends once. They returned it, and the tab at the top of the cardboard spine was bent outward, as if they'd tried to open it instead of sliding the package out of the slipcover. I never said anything about it, but it bugs me. The one friend who has consistently returned things in the condition he borrowed them has now also upgraded to Blu-ray, so if we upgrade a title and he wants to borrow it, there's no format issue.

I continually go back and forth on how I organize my things, I think it's part of whatever form of OCD or whatever disorder I have.

Once we reached the point of needing the three shelves we have now, I decided it was high time to give up on categorizing. Everything is alphabetized by DVD title. For instance, The Adventures of Indiana Jones box set is in the A's for "Adventures." It was really the easiest way I could think of to solve the dilemma of alphabetizing collections with multiple titles.

There are two areas of alphabetizing where I frequently go back and forth, never satisfied with what I do. One is numeric titles. Currently, I'm alphabetizing based on the phonetic spelling of the title. You would find 300 in the T's for "Three Hundred." But then there's The 4400 - Season One (for some reason, the only season we own of that show, which I really did enjoy). Is it "The Forty Four Hundred" (as they actually said it on the show) or is it "The Four Thousand Four Hundred?" Semantics, maybe, but the former way places it between Forrest Gump and The 40-Year-Old Virgin; the latter, between The 40-Year-Old Virgin and The Fox and the Hound.

The other thing that bugs me are performance videos. Does Craig Ferguson: A Wee Bit o' Revolution go with the C's for "Craig" or the W's for "Wee?" I still don't know; are names part of the actual title or not? (I actually e-mailed Ferguson one night about this, hoping to get an on-air response of some kind. I didn't expect anything helpful, but thought it might amuse those who follow the Craig Ferguson Appreciation Thread in the TV sub-forum. Alas, if he ever read it on-air, I missed it.) Further complicating matters, I discovered that my local Half Price Books store alphabetizes these things based on the last name of the performer. This title would be found in the F's for "Ferguson!"

My 2k + CD collection is mostly organized by what feels right. Mazzy Star feels like it should be sorted after Julianna Hatfield. NOFX after Bad Religion. My wife gave up on that system, and took her CDs out of "my" collection. It's very organic, constantly changing.

My CD library is currently alphabetized by artist, with two exceptions. All compilations are at the end, after Dwight Yoakam. Soundtracks follow those, except a few soundtracks that are alphabetized by artist. For instance, Sideways is in the K's for Rolfe Kent, the composer. Batman - Motion Picture Soundtrack is in the P's for Prince. I keep meaning to commit one way or the other; all soundtracks filtered in with the rest of the library that way, or all soundtracks grouped at the end.

In any event, I absolutely love that you describe the ever-changing nature of your organization as "organic." I can't think of a better adjective.

worrywort
05-02-10, 04:48 PM
made me think of this
http://somecamerunning.typepad.com/some_came_running/2010/04/congratulations-to-aronofsky-and-fincher.html

Trevor
05-02-10, 04:57 PM
Totally with you on the alphabetizing 'difficulties' MinL. I also spell-out all numbered titles, and am never sure how I want to file performance titles.

There is one section, I think in the 'three' area, where it gets pretty complicated, and I have like ten titles alternating between normal alpha titles, and numeric titles. It drives me a little crazy when larger numbers are alphabetically before smaller numbers. I may have a stroke when I get around to filing all of the recent '9' movies.

JJE-187
05-02-10, 05:28 PM
i would have totally run out of space if I hadn't swirched 95% of my collection to thinpak. Now I have almost all my collection in a single 10x8 shelving unit. I still have like 400 in binder like lock boxes but most are on the shelf

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
05-02-10, 06:37 PM
I picked up an 8 ft tall shelf the previous tenants left next door, in addition to one of the cats they abandoned. The only thing I managed to do with that shelf was get all of the titles that start with 'S' off the floor. Perfect fit for A-S. T-Z are still on the floor next to it.

They built the shelf themselves for what really looked like DVDs. Perfect fit and the shelves are slightly deeper than stuff from the stores, so some of the larger box sets fit fine. It also gives me some ideas for when I get around to building my own. Then I'll throw this one away since it doesn't match anything in the house.

Viper187
05-02-10, 06:44 PM
I have 7 Sauder cabinets, but only 6 fit in this room easily. The 6 in here are filled with DVDs except for 1 door on the last one. The spare cabinet in the other room is for the VHS tapes I haven't been able to replace yet, and I've been putting DVDs that I intend to sell in there. I'm not a big fan of these cabinets anymore for 2 major reasons: 1. they require too much empty space on each side for the doors to swing open, and 2. if you put anything heavy on top the damn doors won't open at all. I never liked the idea of wide open shelving. I think things just get dusty faster that way. I haven't found anything else that would suit me and wasn't overly expensive for the task.

I'm a little more OCD about packaging and disc condition, if anything. I hate snapcases, digipaks, and anything similar to the point I'd rather pay more to import a keepcase BD release form another part of the world than buy a digipak here. I want keepcases and slimcases, and I prefer the Paramount/Waner style "pluck hubs." Pisses me off those are next to impossible to buy more of. I've received many floaters in the mail over the years, and it's always the ones with the push button hubs, like because the case gets squeezed during shipping. The cheapy cases with the octogon style push button hub seem to be particularly easy to dislodge discs from. The more common yin-yang style ones usually aren't as bad.

I pick and choose which SDs to keep when I upgrade to BD. I only keep good anamorphic transfers on single sided discs; no matted, no fullscreen, no flippers. Those are usually good reasons for upgrading in the first place, IMO. If I'm keeping something, I swap the BD case to a double BD so I can put the SD with it.

SethDLH
05-02-10, 06:47 PM
I do 99% of my organizing with Alphabetizing, starting with format. Blu Ray #-Z, DVD #-Z, VHS #-Z. Though my boxsets are on a single shelf (now starting to pile up on top of each other) and all of the formats are mixed in there by alphabet. There are a few exceptions though as my Leatherface: TCM 3 dvd is with the other Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies and The Rambo movies are together in chronological order. Though, Citizen Toxie (Toxic Avenger 4) isn't with the other Toxic Avenger movies... I don't know why.

Edit to add: This is all on a shelf about 8-9 feet tall and 4.5-5 feet wide that I built. With the boxsets piling up on top of each other they're almost at the ceiling. Still about 1.5 shelves of space left.

bse
05-03-10, 02:14 AM
DL thanks for the pictures, I think i'm going to try and set my collection up like that, it looks amazing! do you happen to know off hand what kind of shelves those are? and the count per unit? Thanks!

snausages
05-03-10, 04:15 AM
DL those pictures are magnificent! If I ever find the room, I would love to set up my collection like you did with yours. Right now most of mine are in boxes, mostly labeled. I have a few steelbooks and collectible exclusives just like the Watchmen Nite Owl ship and batpod, etc. displayed.

Cheato
05-03-10, 08:25 AM
I vote for DL as collector of the month. Or maybe just #1 collector at DVD Talk. Not necessarily #1 collection, or biggest collection, or best quality collection, or anything like that--just a master collector.

In just a few pictures and a couple posts, I have seen genius at work: a categorizing system that would make a librarian quiver, masterful use of dividers to be both effective and non-obtrusive, and finally, a brilliant way of loaning out titles without fear of losing the cases/inserts and reduced fear of them not coming back. Truly something to aspire to.

On the other end of the spectrum, I still urge massive collection owners to go with binders. Besides the fact that I live in what almost all of you would consider a tiny apartment (this is Japan, after all), I still think back to my old 3BR house in the U.S., with the big living room and the big study, and I remember how filled it was with DVDs and I just think how much nicer my place would have looked if my collection had been packed away in binders. For any collector dealing with space issues who only sees their collection growing in size in the future, this is the ONLY way to go. Everything else is just a halfway step and is going to be more time-consuming in the future. (A more hardcore step is, of course, going purely with downloaded media, but I think that's for a generation or two after my time on this planet. I'm sure my grandkids will one day be saying "why did grandpa have all those discs?")

And I'll tell you, once you stop worrying about the packaging, you can save money by going with less deluxe versions, and then you can buy even more stuff to watch. And it won't matter if the case is cracked or the hub is broken or anything. And when I move, it will be SO easy to just move these binders. At that point, I might take the next drastic step of chucking the inserts that I've filed away in the file cabinet. Go pure disc only. I don't know if I could actually do that, though.

JamesDFarrow
05-03-10, 08:53 AM
It takes some trial and error to get a good divider system. As you can see all of mine aren't perfect in size or lettering, but they get the job done. Good luck to you!

One thing I just noticed. You don't leave "spaces" between sections. I used to do this but got tired of shifting a couple of hundred DVDs every time I bought new DVDs that fit in the middle. I now leave a good space between genres so that if I get, say Iron Man 2, I only have to shift the DVDs (in that genre) a little bit (left or right). Eventually the space gets filled in but at least I don't have to shift the majority of DVDs every time.

James :)

Trevor
05-03-10, 09:42 AM
One thing I just noticed. You don't leave "spaces" between sections. I used to do this but got tired of shifting a couple of hundred DVDs every time I bought new DVDs that fit in the middle. I now leave a good space between genres so that if I get, say Iron Man 2, I only have to shift the DVDs (in that genre) a little bit (left or right). Eventually the space gets filled in but at least I don't have to shift the majority of DVDs every time.

James :)

Yeah, I do the same thing, saving space in each section for future additions. Of course, I'm still constantly filling that space and having to shift entire rows around, but it helps somewhat.

I hate almost hate bringing up new sub-topics when I feel like we could talk for pages about what has been said already, but this reminds of something else I'm doing.

For some sub-genres of my collection, I'm using what I call 'mixed media shelves'. For example, I'm a big MST3K fan, so in addition to all of the DVDs I also own a book or two, a lunchbox, and some figures. I have all of that together on a shelf or two, instead of the books with books, DVD sets with sets, etc.

I need more and larger bookcases or systems to get to where I want to be, but eventually I hope to have ten or so shelves for the various 'collectible' areas of my collection.

Star Trek - all the films, season sets, graphic novels, models
Classic Horror - all the Universal and similar DVDs and my Creature busts
Disney - all DVDs and graphic novels and plushes
etc etc

Dick Laurent
05-03-10, 06:11 PM
DL thanks for the pictures, I think i'm going to try and set my collection up like that, it looks amazing! do you happen to know off hand what kind of shelves those are? and the count per unit? Thanks!

Thanks! I got lucky with the shelves. There was a video store that went out of business in my home town, and they sold their interior furniture and fixtures. I was only about 17 years old at the time (Iím 33 now) and I had the foresight to snag a couple and stash at my Momís house until I had the room (sign of a true collector? Or disease, maybe?). They appear handmade, and fit VHS much better, but they work for what I need.

DL those pictures are magnificent! If I ever find the room, I would love to set up my collection like you did with yours.

Thanks for the compliment! Believe me, I have a lot of overflow that doesnít look quite as nice, but the main shelves are great eye candy.

I vote for DL as collector of the month. Or maybe just #1 collector at DVD Talk. Not necessarily #1 collection, or biggest collection, or best quality collection, or anything like that--just a master collector.

Oh, stop, I'm blushing... I've really considered the binder route, but collecting for me is very tactile. I enjoy going to the shelf, perusing, picking a title, admiring the artwork, opening the case, etc. It's an event for me. But I definitely say go with what works for you!

One thing I just noticed. You don't leave "spaces" between sections. I used to do this but got tired of shifting a couple of hundred DVDs every time I bought new DVDs that fit in the middle. I now leave a good space between genres so that if I get, say Iron Man 2, I only have to shift the DVDs (in that genre) a little bit (left or right). Eventually the space gets filled in but at least I don't have to shift the majority of DVDs every time.

I used to leave spaces, but I found I kind of enjoy sorting DVDs when itís time. It gives me an excuse to clean and really appreciate whatís there. I usually let about 10 or so pile up before sorting them into the system. Since Iíve been scaling back the numbers, itís been easier taking one out and replacing with a new title. With shelves that wide, itís also really easy to slide titles across.

My Steelbooks and music DVDs are on a separate shelf, Iíll have to take a pic of it all together. The plan for the future will be to do the same with BD and HD DVD, but using blue/red poster board dividers to match format. Iíll wait until the HD collection beefs up a bit more. OCD collecting... fun for all!

hasslein
05-03-10, 09:07 PM
I would never go to binders, because the artwork is half the fun. Also, I noticed, DL, you have Ghostbusters 1 & 2 under horror! Fascinating! The pics are awesome!

Dick Laurent
05-04-10, 10:31 AM
Also, I noticed, DL, you have Ghostbusters 1 & 2 under horror! Fascinating! The pics are awesome!

Yeah, that's one that jumps around genres, but it seems to be most at home in the horror section. I believe scary make up and FX trump laughs in that one. But I tend to do things my own way, like who else has a section of DVDs dedicated to Jena Malone?

hasslein
05-04-10, 03:20 PM
That would be an interesting addition to this thread, a film or television series you feel strongly belongs in a catagory that it may not normally be filed under.... I was debating on whether to put MASH (both the series & movie) under War or with the sitcoms... I have the JLO CD & DVD combo pack The Real Me, but I refuse to put it with Music, because the music is terrible, I only own the videos for her physical beauty...

Travis McClain
05-04-10, 03:26 PM
That would be an interesting addition to this thread, a film or television series you feel strongly belongs in a catagory that it may not normally be filed under.... I was debating on whether to put MASH (both the series & movie) under War or with the sitcoms... I have the JLO CD & DVD combo pack The Real Me, but I refuse to put it with Music, because the music is terrible, I only own the videos for her physical beauty...

I have to say, I actually like having the entire library alphabetized. This way, whenever I (or anyone, really) look for something to watch, it's harder to just gloss over an entire section. The upshot is that lesser fare gets more attention this way.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
05-04-10, 03:28 PM
That would be an interesting addition to this thread, a film or television series you feel strongly belongs in a catagory that it may not normally be filed under.... I was debating on whether to put MASH (both the series & movie) under War or with the sitcoms... I have the JLO CD & DVD combo pack The Real Me, but I refuse to put it with Music, because the music is terrible, I only own the videos for her physical beauty...

We have a video store that does a stupid thing of organizing movies by actors. When I first found out about this, I thought where would Blazing Saddles go?

Worst thing is Blockbuster since they removed the horror section and randomly put titles in with all the other genres.

smurr05
05-04-10, 04:03 PM
I don't have photos but I keep my music DVD's in one large rack in the living room, My other films in SEVERAL DVD racks which take up most of my "media" room along with our computer and all my TV DVD's in 4 Sony 400 disc players, 3 of which are filled to capacity and the fourth half full. Could use a bigger/extra room especially with a newborn due in 2 months. And yes my wife is still trying to get me to convert the media room into the babies room...sorry I just cannot do that no matter what you guys think of me! UH the DVD's came first!:)

Dick Laurent
05-04-10, 04:29 PM
I have to say, I actually like having the entire library alphabetized. This way, whenever I (or anyone, really) look for something to watch, it's harder to just gloss over an entire section. The upshot is that lesser fare gets more attention this way.

My problem is I usually want to watch a "type" of movie or genre. At my house, we pick movies to watch by what we're in the mood for. But that can make it difficult if you're looking for a certain title and don't remember what genre you filed it under. I was looking for Chumscrubber the other day and forgot I moved it from Drama to Comedy. Comedy seems to be a catch all, "light-hearted" genre. Not just funny jokes and gags. Of course the dark comedies get tricky.

I personally dislike sales stores that combine all of their DVDs together (Half Price Books comes to mind). I'm always on the hunt for original (cardboard insert) Anchor Bay releases. But that little sailboat spine can be hard to spot in a sea of misc. titles. Most places just have them all jumbled together.

But you make a very good point about lesser fare getting more attention with your organizational system.

JamesDFarrow
05-04-10, 04:41 PM
The other thing to do, in a year or so, after you get your entire collection organized, catagoriezed, placed all nice on the shelfs, etc... is to re-do it all over again. LOL!

After a year or so I get tired of looking at the same set up/display so I change it all around. Add/delete genres, sub-genres, special sections etc... A hell of a job (usually takes all weekend) but I get a really great satisfaction from it. Besides you get to handle all the DVDs/Blu-Rays so you can look at them, say things like :Oh, I forgot I bought this", etc...

I know, I know. I need to get a life. LOL!

James -smile-

Chadm
05-04-10, 08:44 PM
I have a sort of unorthodox way of organizing my collection.

First at the top I have North American/British (ish) Film Makers. I organize them chronologically. Starting with the filmmaker whose debut feature is the oldest, and ending with the filmmaker whose debut feature is the newest. Now of course this isn't an exact science, or at least I don't treat it that way. It starts with people like Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock, ands ends with people like Sofia Coppola and David Gordon Green.

After that I have a section that a combination foreign filmmakers and criterion films. Seeing as so many films by Godard, Kurosawa, Bergman, Melville etc, are all released on criterion, I found it acceptable to merge the sections. It starts with Criterion/foreign filmmakers, to just criterion (not director specific), to just foreign. then finally documentry. All chronological within their each sub section.

Next I have a section that I would just consider "dramatic classics". It starts chronologically with the original Scarface, and ends with American Gangster.

After that I have a mixture of horror/sci fi/comic book/comedy.

Next is franchises/box sets. Everything from The Exorcist box set, to all the Batman films, every Rambo/Rocky and the Bourne Trilogy.

Next is actor box sets. Brando, Dean, Newman, Eastwood, Pacino etc. followed by Warners Gangsters box sets, film noir box sets, fox film noir collection and criterion eclipse sets.

Following that is 2 rows of television.

a row of MMA (UFC 1-100)

And finally 10 wrestling dvd's and my last remaining 75 vhs tapes.

All in all I figure it to be a total of around 1100 dvd's and vhs.



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Dick Laurent
05-04-10, 10:02 PM
Great pics, Chadm. I like that you put a lot of thought into your collection. It can be as unorthodox as you like, as long as it works for you. I see a lot of sim' between our inventory, though you have the Twin Peaks set, and I still have the seperates. It's also great to see VHS at the end. Mine are in there as well. It's evident that you put a lot of care into what you have.

Cardsfan111
05-04-10, 10:05 PM
^ Agree DL with the comment that 'as long as it works for you' - I wish I had more space to better organize things, but I'm fairly certain I can find any title in my collection in short order and that's what's most important to me.

Pizza
05-05-10, 07:00 AM
I did the binder thing for awhile and did love how compact my collection got. Then I noticed that the flippers were getting a little scuffed because one of the two sides was being exposed to the opposite page. So, I switched my game plan. I now use the Bennos CD/DVD towers from Ikea and moved the discs into slim CD jewel cases. The nice thing about the Bennos is they're narrow and I can line up as many or few as I need to fill a spare wall or a little empty corner. I also picked up plastic CD dividers and had them cut in half to use to seperate the TV shows. At first, it did feel odd getting rid of the DVD cases but I'm glad I did.

xage
05-05-10, 09:00 PM
My Kind of Thread :)

I used to put a towel underneath my Old DVD Cabinet for the dust to cling to it

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Classic weird OCD sample

snausages
05-05-10, 11:31 PM
My Kind of Thread :)

I used to put a towel underneath my Old DVD Cabinet for the dust to cling to it


Classic weird OCD sample

Does that work xage? I would love a way to get rid of dust. Makes cleaning a nightmare.

Travis McClain
05-06-10, 01:17 AM
My problem is I usually want to watch a "type" of movie or genre.

Our library only has a modest 813 titles, so it doesn't take long to scan through them while browsing. Even with everything alphabetized together, it's still easy to skip specific portions if needed. For instance, all the Batman titles are together (except The Dark Knight) on two shelves. We have another two shelves full of just Star Trek, and a shelf above those is 95% just Sopranos. You get the idea.

I personally dislike sales stores that combine all of their DVDs together (Half Price Books comes to mind). I'm always on the hunt for original (cardboard insert) Anchor Bay releases. But that little sailboat spine can be hard to spot in a sea of misc. titles. Most places just have them all jumbled together.

Half Price Books is organized within the specific store. We have two locations in Louisville, and each is set up differently. The store I prefer has all their DVDs on shelves along one wall in the front of the store. On the far left is a unit with new arrivals and Blu-rays, and some featured overstock purchases of theirs. Then come Dramas, followed by Action, then Comedy, Sci-Fi, Westerns, Horror, Documentaries, TV shows and Music Performances. Titles are alphabetized within each section. I've mentioned it elsewhere, but this specific store sorts performance videos by the name of the performer. For instance, if you were looking for Craig Ferguson's stand-up special A Wee Bit o' Revolution, it would be in the Comedy section under "F" for Ferguson. Odd, I know, but that's how they do it.

xage
05-06-10, 01:47 AM
Does that work xage? I would love a way to get rid of dust. Makes cleaning a nightmare.

It does protect but I rather suggest with glass protection for the cabinet.

Trevor
05-06-10, 07:38 AM
My problem is I usually want to watch a "type" of movie or genre.

I'm the same way much of the time.

However, I really struggle with the idea of organizing by genre. I've done it by genre once or twice, but always quickly move things around again. too many things are of questionable or mixed genres. I think I'd be fine with it with a smaller collection even something in the 1,000 range, but with several thousand films, there were literally hundreds of titles that could be filed in multiple genre sections.

I still think about separating just my horror films. They are a little easier to remember as horror, are my favorite genre, and it would make the October Challenge easier. But then I have to decide whether to include thriller and suspense films, etc etc

If I won the lottery, I'd just buy multiple copies of films with multiple genres. It actually wouldn't surprise me if someone here already did file that way....

bi0hzrd51
05-06-10, 10:57 AM
I been trying to figure out the best way for me to organize my collection.. Out of the ones that use a spreadsheet how do you go about it.. Just list the titles in order or genre? This is what I'm leaning to but have no idea how to set it up.. I start then get discouraged cause I don't like the way it looks. Would anyone be willing to hand out an excel template. Thanks

mike07
05-06-10, 11:05 AM
Trevor, I've been in that situation before. It's a pain when your looking at Ghostbusters 1&2 [for example] and trying to decide whether it should go in the Horror or Comedy genre. Regardless, it's your collection, you will most likely be the only one looking at it so make your best judgment. Of course a detailed list on Excel stating the genres helps greatly. Right now, I'm debating whether to categorize my collection or keep it the way it is (Alphabetized with the exception of a "War" section).

mike07
05-06-10, 11:11 AM
I been trying to figure out the best way for me to organize my collection.. Out of the ones that use a spreadsheet how do you go about it.. Just list the titles in order or genre? This is what I'm leaning to but have no idea how to set it up.. I start then get discouraged cause I don't like the way it looks. Would anyone be willing to hand out an excel template. Thanks

I usually redo my spreadsheet every other month because I don't like the way it looks, but lately I've made it so it includes the Title, Genre, Director(s), Cast (only the leading actor/actress at the moment), and the Year the movie (not the DVD) was released. It takes a long time to complete by hand when you have over 1700 movies though.

Trevor
05-06-10, 11:31 AM
I been trying to figure out the best way for me to organize my collection.. Out of the ones that use a spreadsheet how do you go about it.. Just list the titles in order or genre? This is what I'm leaning to but have no idea how to set it up.. I start then get discouraged cause I don't like the way it looks. Would anyone be willing to hand out an excel template. Thanks
Trevor, I've been in that situation before. It's a pain when your looking at Ghostbusters 1&2 [for example] and trying to decide whether it should go in the Horror or Comedy genre. Regardless, it's your collection, you will most likely be the only one looking at it so make your best judgment. Of course a detailed list on Excel stating the genres helps greatly. Right now, I'm debating whether to categorize my collection or keep it the way it is (Alphabetized with the exception of a "War" section).
I usually redo my spreadsheet every other month because I don't like the way it looks, but lately I've made it so it includes the Title, Genre, Director(s), Cast (only the leading actor/actress at the moment), and the Year the movie (not the DVD) was released. It takes a long time to complete by hand when you have over 1700 movies though.

Personally, I would prefer to have my own spreadsheet hosted on google docs, but I'm much too lazy given the size of my collection/habit and how much I like to track. I was spoiled by DVDspot, and loved being able to sort my collection by year, genre, actor, director, rating, etc. To input all of that myself would take three months of 24/7 work and then several hours a week to keep up.

So I'll be using software. A couple of free ones out there if you want to try them out bio.

Lots of good examples of do-it-yourself spreadsheets in some of the many collection software threads, I'll try to find some, and/or link those threads here when I get time.

Travis McClain
05-06-10, 01:21 PM
I been trying to figure out the best way for me to organize my collection.. Out of the ones that use a spreadsheet how do you go about it.. Just list the titles in order or genre? This is what I'm leaning to but have no idea how to set it up.. I start then get discouraged cause I don't like the way it looks. Would anyone be willing to hand out an excel template. Thanks

I have a Google Docs spreadsheet for our Blu-ray library (link in signature). There are a few fields that I've hidden, such as the price I paid. (It's information I want to track, but not something I think needs to circulate.)

Travis McClain
05-06-10, 03:06 PM
What do you do with paper inserts that were shrink wrapped to the outside of the case and are too big to fit inside of it? For instance, the sheet of paper Warner included on the back of the Batman Blu-ray Digibook. It lists the content and is the only place that has the UPC code. It's the same dimensions as the digibook, so if you tuck it inside, it sticks out. Not a major problem, except then part of it hangs out and is vulnerable to shelf wear.

Trevor
05-06-10, 03:23 PM
What do you do with paper inserts that were shrink wrapped to the outside of the case and are too big to fit inside of it? For instance, the sheet of paper Warner included on the back of the Batman Blu-ray Digibook. It lists the content and is the only place that has the UPC code. It's the same dimensions as the digibook, so if you tuck it inside, it sticks out. Not a major problem, except then part of it hangs out and is vulnerable to shelf wear.

I often fold those type of things in half and place them in the case.

JJE-187
05-06-10, 03:31 PM
I have alot of my DVDs in custom collections and stuff with a recurring cover series for easier storing

Trevor
05-06-10, 04:24 PM
I have alot of my DVDs in custom collections and stuff with a recurring cover series for easier storing

I keep thinking that I'll get into the custom casing thing at some point.

One thing that holds me back is thinking that the packaging is part of the total, er, package. I enjoy thumbing through my collection, admiring the variety in packaging and reading the information on the back covers. Usually, when I watch something, I also read everything on and inside the packaging before or after the disc(s).

If I could get beyond that feeling, I'd be more open to binders and spindles and save a ton of space!

bse
05-06-10, 04:30 PM
I made some progress last night, I got a shelf for blu-rays (blue of course) from Ikea and set that up and a shelf for my Criterions and set that up. I've decided to shelf my Criterion DVDs and Blu-Rays together, not sure how long that will last though.

Now to tackle the stacks upon stacks of DVDs in the living room, bedroom, closets, etc. The problem is the mailman keeps bringing me more damn DVDs.

To each their own of course, but I could never store my DVDs in binders, part of the joy of owning such a vast library is displaying them, even though it has become more of a burden as of late, but when i'm completed with the re-organizing and shelving project and can get to a point where I can file DVDs as I get them, it will be all worth it.

Speaking of all of this, where is DKEDVD? strange he has been missing from such threads as this.

JJE-187
05-06-10, 06:23 PM
I don't use binders, I just use custom covers for alot of stuff. I have almost all my horror in a matching horror collection, i have a comic book collection and a few actors/directors have there own spot. What helped me was going to ThinPAK

Pizza
05-07-10, 06:50 AM
I still think about separating just my horror films. They are a little easier to remember as horror, are my favorite genre, and it would make the October Challenge easier. But then I have to decide whether to include thriller and suspense films, etc etc

Knowing the horror buff that your are (me too!) I'm surprised that it is a debate. I would think you would want them grouped together for ease of browsing. I have a section just for horror. I don't include thrillers or suspense films in this section, but it should be what feels right for you. I don't sweat over films that cross genres, I just decide what the film feels like to me. It's my collection, my rules. Plus, it's a lot easier to find stuff when I'm making all the decisions.

I once debated putting things in alphabetical order, but I enjoy looking through the genres too much.

I've been using collectorz for my database and loved but I haven't been crazy about the changes recently made to it. You used to be able to go to different websites and download info and picts. Now, you can only go through their own site. I also get the impression that they want you/customers to add to this database and, if true, I'm thinking why exactly did I pay for this software if I have to work for it too? I didn't join a community or company, I bought software to help me do a task. Again, my own opinion, I'm sure many love the changes.

I also switched to MAC from PC and moving the info didn't go smoothly and I had to do a lot of editing on the database to get it to work correctly. So, I'm thinking of doing my own spreadsheet. I would love to hear suggestions and if there's a way to tranfer my current data into it.

BSTNFAN
05-07-10, 02:33 PM
I completely separate by genre, but it's mostly for WAF reasons. My wife is NOT a fan of anything horror or sex related with our young boys in the house (5&7). Those genres are in the basement (alpha by genre) and the TV series, rom-coms, kids flix, comedies, etc. get to stay in the family room. I don't fight it much as I don't have any more space in the FR anyhow.

Manzana
05-07-10, 05:40 PM
Do you all really trade in most of your DVDs once you "upgrade" to the BD? I would never even begin to consider such a thing. Two main reasons.

One, they very rarely carry over all of the special features from the multiple DVDs editions, and I'm a special features junkie.

Two, I can play my DVDs anywhere on the planet. Even without portable players and laptops, we have DVD players in most offices, many cars, and probably at every friend and family member's home you know. My BDs are playable in exactly one room of one house. I'm a homebody, but I still end up watching my DVDs all over the place. Plus I like lending my films out, and no one in my family has a BD player.
Third reason (and main one for me): most of the old stuff that I upgrade is worth almost nothing to most other people (and especially to stores like FYE). I gave up selling on eBay years ago... even then at best I'd get $5 net. The only stuff I ever took the time to sell there were OOP items worth $20+ (and I don't have any more of those).

2+ years ago I could usually get $3+ (and more for credit) at FYE. Last year somebody gave me a couple dozen DVDs that I didn't want or already had... including mainstream titles people would recognize. FYE wouldn't take most of them and those few they would take were mostly $1 each. Plus each time I check they get mad when I just check prices and don't sell them anything for almost nothing. They like to tell me that if I don't intend to trade them in they don't want to waste their time checking prices. I tell them I can't promise to trade anything in until I know the price first. They always make me wait a long time and do it very begrudgingly which is why I haven't bothered trading in anything there since then.

So I don't get rid of my old stuff because the amount of money recovered isn't worth the time/hassle. If all of the special features aren't carried over, that's another reason to hang onto the DVD, though I rarely watch the special features.

BD players are going to be cheap enough that in a few years you should be able to play them most places (worth visiting) on the planet. I have 3 BD players which cost me $60, $70, and $90 each.

Manzana
05-07-10, 05:48 PM
I have to say, I actually like having the entire library alphabetized. This way, whenever I (or anyone, really) look for something to watch, it's harder to just gloss over an entire section. The upshot is that lesser fare gets more attention this way.

I alphabetize everything too. People have different perceptions of genres and it's much easier to go by title. Also visitors HATE reading through printout lists, there's no way I'm going to print out a huge list every time it changes to keep it up-to-date, and I don't like people sitting at my computer using my spreadsheet (too easy to accidentally change something). So everything's alphabetical in 4 sections: DVD, TV series, BD, and HD-DVD. I don't mix BD and HD-DVD with DVD because it wastes space. Your shelves can be closer together vertically if just doing BD/HD-DVD.

I will never use binders because they are difficult to search and they will be in chronological order then, plus I have some fear of the chemicals in the binder plastic holders outgassing and harming the discs. I don't like slim cases because the old artwork has to be trimmed. So I'm stuck with normal cases. Right now I've got to find more DVD and BD cases. Too bad I don't know any binder users who would unload a box of DVD and BD cases on me. :-)

Travis McClain
05-07-10, 05:59 PM
Third reason (and main one for me): most of the old stuff that I upgrade is worth almost nothing to most other people (and especially to stores like FYE).

I trade in my stuff at Half Price Books. The payout isn't spectacular, but there are two things that make it worthwhile to me. Firstly, I can just about always find enough stuff on clearance that no matter what they pay me, I'm replacing the old stuff with new stuff. Sometimes it's music, sometimes movies, other times it's books; whatever the medium, though, it's new to my library and paid for by whittling away at excess.

Secondly, I love HPB. I figure even if they don't pay me much for my stuff, hopefully someone else is looking for it and will be excited when they find it there. That person, I'm hoping, will then trade in their unwanted stuff for me to find inexpensively later. It's becoming apparent that Walmart, Target and Best Buy are going to be the only places to buy DVDs and Blu-rays in my community, and HPB is the only place I can find a lot of OOP or catalog titles. If I want to continue finding interesting stuff circulating stuff, I figure I need to contribute to the stream, too.

Manzana
05-07-10, 06:08 PM
My problem is I usually want to watch a "type" of movie or genre. At my house, we pick movies to watch by what we're in the mood for. But that can make it difficult if you're looking for a certain title and don't remember what genre you filed it under.
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But you make a very good point about lesser fare getting more attention with your organizational system.
There is something to be said for going by genre because family frequently says "let's watch action" or "horror". I suggested Monster, and then was asked what else do you have about murder mysteries... I thought of Zodiac, but after that I couldn't come up with any other titles. If someone says a title, I can describe enough of the plot (usually). Nevertheless, I still want my collection alphabetized. I don't suppose there's any sort of Internet site that if you type in Zodiac can list off other similar genre titles?

And when people look at my movies, they always ask me "what's good?" and I say that depends on your tastes. Being alphabetical, my great movies are mixed in with the mediocre ones I bought because they were so cheap I couldn't refuse (thank you Big Lots with 20% off coupon or those old BF FYE deals).

Manzana
05-07-10, 06:25 PM
I been trying to figure out the best way for me to organize my collection.. Out of the ones that use a spreadsheet how do you go about it.. Just list the titles in order or genre? This is what I'm leaning to but have no idea how to set it up.. I start then get discouraged cause I don't like the way it looks. Would anyone be willing to hand out an excel template. Thanks

My spreadsheet is my primary data source. The shelves are for family and visitors who don't have access to my spreadsheet (not because I don't trust them to see my data but because I don't trust them not to mess my data up because they choose to be computer illiterate).

I love Excel and it's my favorite and most used program. I decided long ago to enter all fields that I could consider relevant, then I can later move columns and sort however I want. If you know how to write VB code for Excel (as I do) you could do other fancy things.

I won't give a template, but I'll tell you the columns I have. Amazingly, I never bothered to put a genre, director, or primary actor(s) columns. If I had time someday I might. Instead I spend my time posting long messages on DVD Talk like a loco weed.

Anyway, a person could have columns such as these: title, format (DVD/BD/HD and SL/DL), running time, subtitles (if you care as I do), state (opened/sealed), studio/catalog label #, UPC, # of discs inside, price paid (and tax), date purchased, vendor, condition (new/used), large comment field (for misc. things), and last watched date. And now for the TRUE OCD columns... best price I've later seen it for, from what vendor, and when with a difference column showing how much I've "lost". Then the grand total of this lost column is shown as a percentage against my grand total purchases and amazingly that percentage stays pretty constant. It slowly gets better because I'm so cheap at buying stuff now, but in the early days of DVD I was a true fool. $10 BDs and $5 DVDs don't even tempt me any more (unless they are brand new releases). As silly as it seems, there is a psychological method to my madness: seeing that total "lost" figure and the associated lost percentage every time I open my spreadsheet is very effective in keeping me very strict on my price limits, has taught me to wait to buy, and that has helped reduce my collecting dramatically. Again, I thank Big Lots, Walmart dump bins, and BF sales for teaching me not to spend too much. Now if only I had time to watch what I have.

Manzana
05-07-10, 06:31 PM
Trevor, I've been in that situation before. It's a pain when your looking at Ghostbusters 1&2 [for example] and trying to decide whether it should go in the Horror or Comedy genre. Regardless, it's your collection, you will most likely be the only one looking at it so make your best judgment. Of course a detailed list on Excel stating the genres helps greatly.

That reminds me... I only have 2 organizing dilemmas with my alphabetizing method: (1) when I buy a multi movie pack (like The Oliver Stone collection for $10) and (2) when I have a wide set (like the IMAX Ultimate Collection or a wide TV season) that doesn't fit in an existing shelf space forcing me to put things slightly out of order so as not to waste a bunch of space.

So I was wrong when I said I have 4 sections... I have a 5th catch all shelf for the stuff that contains multiple movies or doesn't fit. Unfortunately that shelf is now full.

Travis McClain
05-07-10, 08:30 PM
That reminds me... I only have 2 organizing dilemmas with my alphabetizing method: (1) when I buy a multi movie pack (like The Oliver Stone collection for $10) and (2) when I have a wide set (like the IMAX Ultimate Collection or a wide TV season) that doesn't fit in an existing shelf space forcing me to put things slightly out of order so as not to waste a bunch of space.

So I was wrong when I said I have 4 sections... I have a 5th catch all shelf for the stuff that contains multiple movies or doesn't fit. Unfortunately that shelf is now full.

On point 1, I alphabetize by the actual DVD title, not the feature title. I would put The Oliver Stone Collection in the "O" section.

On point 2, I just leave the space. I figure it's some built-in wiggle room that keeps me from having to shift everything to accommodate new acquisitions.

Trevor
05-07-10, 08:46 PM
There are so many topics in this thread that I feel could have an entire thread devoted just to them. The thread is moving pretty fast and things are being glossed over a bit. Well, at least for me and my wanting to talk out little details and get multiple viewpoints on them.

Manzana just mentioned sets. I love them and buy sets and double/triple/quadruple features all of the time, but I hate them when it comes to organizing.

I usually have them organized separately, two huge shelves double-wide, devoted to just these. But sometimes I decide to file them alphabetically in with all the regular films. I'll go alphabetical by first title for double/triple/etc sets, or alphabetical by boxset name for things like the Burt Lancaster Collection.

But do I file it under 'B' or 'L'?

And for sets that can be easily separated, each film in it's own case, do you toss/store the boxset and file the movies individually? I'm leaning towards doing that. I'm even contemplating making custom cases for each film for the sets that can't be separated easily.

In fact, in my perfect world with more free time, for discs with more than one film per disc, I make copies of the disc so that each film on the disc can be filed alphabetically. Anyone else do that? Or at least think about it? Or am I the silliest person here?

bse
05-07-10, 08:54 PM
And for sets that can be easily separated, each film in it's own case, do you toss/store the boxset and file the movies individually? I'm leaning towards doing that. I'm even contemplating making custom cases for each film for the sets that can't be separated easily.


I put the boxset in the closet and file the separate DVDs on the shelf, the only exception being Criterion boxsets stay intact, of course.

Pizza
05-07-10, 08:55 PM
I love Excel and it's my favorite and most used program. I decided long ago to enter all fields that I could consider relevant, then I can later move columns and sort however I want. If you know how to write VB code for Excel (as I do) you could do other fancy things.

Can you add images to an Excel doc?

I usually have them organized separately, two huge shelves double-wide, devoted to just these. But sometimes I decide to file them alphabetically in with all the regular films. I'll go alphabetical by first title for double/triple/etc sets, or alphabetical by boxset name for things like the Burt Lancaster Collection.

But do I file it under 'B' or 'L'?


I like going by the last name of an actor/director etc, but I can see the logic of going by the first word. I just don't know if I would always remember that first word without looking a title up but I would always remember a person's name.



In fact, in my perfect world with more free time, for discs with more than one film per disc, I make copies of the disc so that each film on the disc can be filed alphabetically. Anyone else do that? Or at least think about it? Or am I the silliest person here?
If it was me, I'd make a second case for the additional film and put on the cover "see blank for disc." For example, "Theater of Blood/Madhouse." File the disc under "Theater of Blood" and put a blank case or card under "Madhouse" that says "see "Theater of Blood." That way you don't have to buy a second disc if you don't want to but you still have a spot for both films.

milo bloom
05-07-10, 09:02 PM
Mine's not nearly so involved as everyones' here, but I still get comments from people. My wife's friends call our collection "the vault", and I'm only at about 1000 titles. I can't find the pictures of the shelves on the computer, so I'll have to take some more to post.

The basic organization is the first three shelves are "everything but..." in alphabetical order. The "but" being a shelf of anime and a shelf of animated (it's a fine distinction, and I find myself questioning it fairly often).

terrycloth
05-07-10, 09:08 PM
i have extreme ocd with my horror collection. my fav directors get put together (think 5 total romero, fulci, argento, h.g. lewis, ryan nicholas) then all my troma, followed by blue underground titles, then my fav genres zombies, slashers, and torture/gore (toe tags films guinea pig, cannibals, etc) then remainder is alphabetical. with horror tv on the bottom. i find it simple, but frustrates my friends that try to look for something.


oddly enough my non genre movies are just thrown together half in the wrong way. might add a spot for westerns and godzilla titles as last months challenge addicted to em.

Pizza
05-07-10, 09:38 PM
might add a spot for westerns and godzilla titles as last months challenge addicted to em.

There's the answer: sort DVDs by DVDtalk movie challenges!:)

Trevor
05-07-10, 09:43 PM
If it was me, I'd make a second case for the additional film and put on the cover "see blank for disc." For example, "Theater of Blood/Madhouse." File the disc under "Theater of Blood" and put a blank case or card under "Madhouse" that says "see "Theater of Blood." That way you don't have to buy a second disc if you don't want to but you still have a spot for both films.
I used to do this actually, but forgot about that method. Thanks for the reminder! Much easier to do this than to buy or make another copy of the hundreds of discs this would take.

Of course, I don't have enough shelf space as it is, so I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to put this into practice.
I like going by the last name of an actor/director etc, but I can see the logic of going by the first word. I just don't know if I would always remember that first word without looking a title up but I would always remember a person's name.
Yes, last name is probably better remembered than the first.

If I ever have the shelf space, I'll do the above trick with all these type of boxset films also, making an empty case for each film title.

Of course, then there are the random boxsets that are difficult to file. Random example, not an actual title maybe, but something like Warner Bros Salutes the Musicals of the 40s. I'd like to file it under what I'd remember it by, musicals, since I never think in terms of studios. But I file it under 'W', and then search for it everytime I need it.
There's the answer: sort DVDs by DVDtalk movie challenges!:)
I've been tempted to do that many times!

Travis McClain
05-07-10, 10:47 PM
I usually have them organized separately, two huge shelves double-wide, devoted to just these. But sometimes I decide to file them alphabetically in with all the regular films. I'll go alphabetical by first title for double/triple/etc sets, or alphabetical by boxset name for things like the Burt Lancaster Collection.

But do I file it under 'B' or 'L'?

Since you've segregated them anyway, I would suggest going by the last name of the person for whom the box set is themed. I would, of course, just place the entire box in the "B" section.

And for sets that can be easily separated, each film in it's own case, do you toss/store the boxset and file the movies individually? I'm leaning towards doing that. I'm even contemplating making custom cases for each film for the sets that can't be separated easily.

I keep everything in its own box. But then, I defer to the title of the DVD/BD rather than the title of the feature. I also only have a few sets where it would make a difference anyway. Superman I-IV are going to be next to one another whether they're in the Christopher Reeve Superman Collection box set or not; the only difference is that I've got them in the "C" section for "Christopher." It's pretty easy to spot from its spine, so I'm not worried about it getting overlooked.

In fact, in my perfect world with more free time, for discs with more than one film per disc, I make copies of the disc so that each film on the disc can be filed alphabetically. Anyone else do that? Or at least think about it? Or am I the silliest person here?

I wouldn't duplicate the discs, but you could consider printing custom artwork for thinpak cases to put in as placeholders. They would theoretically direct you (or whomever) to the location of the actual disc.

hindolio
05-08-10, 12:30 AM
im inclined to box sets going together, all alphabetized and by last name (when applicable). works very good for oliver stone or tyrone power sets, but the negative side to it is something like the controversial classics sets. cant win em all i guess.

Manzana
05-08-10, 12:55 PM
Can you add images to an Excel doc?

I've never tried that, but Excel is pretty amazing, so I'd assume there's a way. I know you can add charts. They all just end up being embedded objects with an anchor in a particular cell.

slop101
05-11-10, 11:14 AM
I'll be posting some pics later today, but I figure I'll mark this thread by saying how I organize.

I personally hate how flat shelving--for 500+ DVDs--against an entire wall looks - it looks so cheap and gaudy. But I do have close to 2K dvd/blu-rays! So to combat the unattractive aesthetic of a flat, spread-out display, I have 3 spinning towers, which aren't nearly as much as an eyesore as a whole wall of DVD shelves would be. So, while they take up more 3-dimensional space, they only take up one-quarter of the wall-space they would if they were spread out flat.

The first two tower/racks are all movies, organize alphabetically. The 3rd tower's first few shelves are music/concerts by artist name, followed by TV shows for the rest of that tower's shelves, organized alphabetically. And on top or each tower, I've arranged most of the box-sets, which might look like a game of Jenga, but they're easy enough to get at.

I also conserve a lot of space by putting multiple discs within the same case - I'll explain later with some pics.

It's pretty much the tidiest I can manage such a huge collection while still making everything relatively accessible.

TheNightFlier
05-11-10, 02:21 PM
So I just got a 100 pack of the thin dvd cases from Meritline. The quality is ok. Does anyone know of any places to get high quality thinpaks?

Trevor
05-11-10, 02:28 PM
So I just got a 100 pack of the thin dvd cases from Meritline. The quality is ok. Does anyone know of any places to get high quality thinpaks?

I usually order mine from Shop4tech. They are on some of the referral sites like Bing for cashback, and offer monthly coupons of 15-20% off your total order.

TheNightFlier
05-11-10, 02:32 PM
I usually order mine from Shop4tech. They are on some of the referral sites like Bing for cashback, and offer monthly coupons of 15-20% off your total order.

Thanks :up:

A 100 for 18 bucks plus free shipping wasn't a bad deal, the cases just feel a little on the flimsy side though.

fiction
05-13-10, 01:38 PM
I use my laptop as my main organization tool. I have a typed list of every recording I own, but I was too lazy to do a database. Instead, I organize with a picture file. I find or take a picture of the exact cover I own and also the back if there are extras that I'm interested in. If it's a DVR, I find or make cover art, but put a capital D after the title to remind me that it's a DVR.

Once you have the pics in one folder, you can create dozens of subfolders: Christmas, Actor, Year Made, Year Depicted in Movie, Pretty Scenery. You can also put the same movie in multiple categories. I enjoying being able to browse through my virtual dvd collection.:)

Trevor
05-13-10, 02:02 PM
I use my laptop as my main organization tool. I have a typed list of every recording I own, but I was too lazy to do a database. Instead, I organize with a picture file. I find or take a picture of the exact cover I own and also the back if there are extras that I'm interested in. If it's a DVR, I find or make cover art, but put a capital D after the title to remind me that it's a DVR.

Once you have the pics in one folder, you can create dozens of subfolders: Christmas, Actor, Year Made, Year Depicted in Movie, Pretty Scenery. You can also put the same movie in multiple categories. I enjoying being able to browse through my virtual dvd collection.:)

That's pretty cool, Fiction.

taco5
05-13-10, 04:46 PM
I've been wanting to get out here and post some pictures but unfortunately a tragedy (although small but a tragedy all the same) fell upon me a few weeks ago in my basement rec room. After days of heavy rain I came home to almost a foot of water throughout the entire basement/rec room. Needless to say I was devastated to say the least. Fortunately most of my collection was spared but I did loose some valuables that were sitting low or on the floor. Before I get blasted by anyone about leaving these type of collectables on the floor we NEVER had water in the basement/rec room at all. This was a freak thing where the sump pump was working fine. The ball and rod came loose from the rod guide and the assembly in turn cocked and was not letting the ball rise with the water and kicking on the sump pump. I am in the process of putting everything back and or replacing cabinets, furniture, etc. Once I get everything back together, I'll post some pictures of my storage setups/solutions.

One good thing that did come out of this is that I was able to start putting my collection back together in a way that makes it a little easier for me to find things. TV sets together, more than one version of a title together & certain series' together. Only thing I did not do (like I see some of you guys did) was break down each genre and put them together.

Another bright side that came out of this was that I came across alot of bonus discs that I forgot I had and will start updating my list here and on my computer.

And no, my home owners insurance did not cover anything from clean-up to replacing lost/damaged goods!

Trevor
05-13-10, 04:57 PM
^ Sorry for your loss there Taco. Time to up my insurance!

snausages
05-13-10, 05:13 PM
I use my laptop as my main organization tool. I have a typed list of every recording I own, but I was too lazy to do a database. Instead, I organize with a picture file. I find or take a picture of the exact cover I own and also the back if there are extras that I'm interested in. If it's a DVR, I find or make cover art, but put a capital D after the title to remind me that it's a DVR.

Once you have the pics in one folder, you can create dozens of subfolders: Christmas, Actor, Year Made, Year Depicted in Movie, Pretty Scenery. You can also put the same movie in multiple categories. I enjoying being able to browse through my virtual dvd collection.:)

Would you be able to share a screen capture of it with us? I am always looking for new ideas on how to organize my collection as right now I can 30% of the time find them LOL.

I've been wanting to get out here and post some pictures but unfortunately a tragedy (although small but a tragedy all the same) fell upon me a few weeks ago in my basement rec room. After days of heavy rain I came home to almost a foot of water throughout the entire basement/rec room. ...
And no, my home owners insurance did not cover anything from clean-up to replacing lost/damaged goods!

I'm so sorry to hear that taco5 :( I could only imagine the pain and angst. I am glad that most of your items were fine. That sucks your home owners' insurance didn't cover anything. Perhaps time to shop around for better insurance deal.

Trevor
05-13-10, 05:23 PM
Taco, let us know what you lost. If I have doubles, they're yours.

taco5
05-13-10, 05:53 PM
Taco, let us know what you lost. If I have doubles, they're yours.

Thanks! I'll get a list together this weekend.

taco5
05-13-10, 05:58 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that taco5 :( I could only imagine the pain and angst. I am glad that most of your items were fine. That sucks your home owners' insurance didn't cover anything. Perhaps time to shop around for better insurance deal.

Funny thing is we have the top of the line homeowners but they do not cover water damage that is considered "Act of God" sorta speak. If it was a water heater or something along those lines it would have been covered... to an extent. Could not really see me putting in a claim for a damaged DVD boxset. :lol:

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
05-13-10, 07:16 PM
Funny thing is we have the top of the line homeowners but they do not cover water damage that is considered "Act of God" sorta speak. If it was a water heater or something along those lines it would have been covered... to an extent. Could not really see me putting in a claim for a damaged DVD boxset. :lol:

An umbrella policy is the way to go if you can afford it.

hindolio
05-13-10, 08:26 PM
I've been wanting to get out here and post some pictures but unfortunately a tragedy (although small but a tragedy all the same) fell upon me a few weeks ago in my basement rec room...

arg one worst scenario nightmare indeed. glad you are looking at potential bright sides though :D

Trevor
05-23-10, 01:09 PM
To put some of the 'OCD' into this thread, let me expose some of my silliness. Feel free to mock me, give me tips to change, or say that you do the same type of things.

So as I think I mentioned at least once in this thread, I've been in the process of converting many of my DVD cases into slim-packs. Most one or two disc titles can be easily moved into a 7mm case, a standard case is 14mm thick, many two discs sets 21mm or 28mm, so one can essentially double their storage space.

The case artwork is made to fit a 14mm spine, usually with very little play, so one has to trim or fold at least 5mm of it to make it fit into the slim-packs. I know many of you shudder at the thought of taking scissors to your coverart, even when it is only a few mm of empty space most of the time. I've actually decided to never cut, but just fold as necessary. I could go into more details on the process if anyone is interested, but let me get to my quirk.

I save the original 14mm cases, for various reasons. All silly perhaps, but my main two are the possibility of wanting to sell the title someday (if it goes out of print and can be sold for hundreds of $), or the possibility of someday having a huge house with tons of space and being able to store them all at 'full size'. So I have all these boxes full of empty cases in storage.

Wait, it gets worse. So I have to be able to identify which cases are which, so have to make sure they are all labeled. Now, it's fairly easy when I open a DVD case new, as I just take the printed sticky label off the top of the spine and stick it under the clear plastic on the spine of the original cases going to storage. For used DVDs or ones with no printed sticky label, I use a post-it note.

When I started this process a couple years ago, I was going back-and-forth on where to keep silly little promo material and other 'useless' inserts. Sometimes I'd keep it in the new slim-pack, sometimes in the original case for storage, and sometimes to the trash. And sometimes I'd keep the slipcovers on the old cases, and sometimes I'd save them for a separate box I have of hundreds and hundreds of slipcovers.

This non-conformity really bothered me, so the other weekend I went through all my storage boxes, going through each individual case and making sure that it was truly empty. I literally spent 10 or so hours going through boxes that most people would probably have just thrown away.

And now, it still bothers me that it would take lots of time to find a specific original case, so I plan to go through them all again, once I'm done with the conversion process, and alphabetize all the empty boxes that I should just throw away.

In my perfect world I would be able to keep everything in it's original case, but my condo is tiny, and even once I convert all my thousands of titles to slim-packs I'll look like a Hoarders show candidate.

This is just one example of where I'll spend time making sure that little organizational details are 'just right', when my normal brain will tell me that the entire task is silly.

snausages
05-23-10, 03:17 PM
Trevor, I can commiserate the working with small spaces. I commend you for even taking them out of the case. I couldn't bare to remove them, sometimes much less from the shrinkwrap. Often wonder what's the point if I don't even know what it looks inside, but then again the collector's mentality kicks in. I fear I will open it and then find out that I really should have kept it sealed. I know those that keep them sealed often think of future resale, but I cannot say in all these years I've sold a single item that was NOT a duplicate or triplicate.

So no it's not silly. I think this separates us from the collecting versus just general public enjoyment. There are people who throw away everything except the disc and it's fine for them...and then there are some of us that will gasp and have a heartattack if that ever happens LOL

Pizza
05-23-10, 04:59 PM
Trevor, I understand your position. Still, your best bet is to try and throw out your boxes. Start in smaller percentages. Obviously, you're not going to sell all your DVDS or even half of them. But let's say you keep half of your empty cases, which would be plenty to pick from if you needed to sell them. You know deep down that you're not going to be selling very many of your discs any way. Besides, keeping so many cases for the chance of selling them isn't worth the couple dollars.

It will be hard at first, but it will get easier with each batch that you toss out. Start by throwing out those terrible "green" DVD cases if you know what I mean.

You made the first step by removing the discs from the original DVD cases. The second step is throwing out the DVD cases. You spent hard earned money and made a commitment in buying the new cases so reap the benefit of freeing up space. You really don't need those cases.

If it makes it easier, keep your favorite DVDs in their original packaging. If there are some special titles that you think will go up in value, keep those in their original packaging too. Then start throwing out the extras, little by little.

kd5
05-23-10, 06:09 PM
Well, I don't quite know if I qualify for OCD, but I am a stickler about organization. I only have 357 DVDs in my collection (which is small potatoes compared to some of you), but I have most everything that I've really wanted, and I still add movies as I see the entertainment value of them. My area of interests are basically SciFi/Fantasy, Horror, some action and some drama (very few of the last 2 catagories). Of the 357 DVDs I own, 11 are series of which I count each season as 1 DVD: Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Firefly, Forever Knight, Stargate SG-1/Atlantis, Supernatural, X-Files, etc. I have them (still in their original boxes/cases, some still with the original plastic covering everything but the opening) stored alphabetically on a 72"x48"x13" dark cherry 6-shelf bookcase which is almost full (the bottom shelf is still 2/3 empty). I have a few VHS remaining but I've been replacing them with DVDs, have no plans nor interest in going Blu-Ray. My wife & I watch these on a 53" Pioneer Widescreen HDTV.

I just cataloged my DVDs manually, still need to categorize them (there's plenty of notebook left). I installed DVD Profiler which turned out to be the easiest method (UPC Code) of getting my collection on my computer, I wish I could show off my collection but I can't afford to shell out $30 to unlock all the features. I don't know what good it will be to me like this, maybe one day an extra $30 will magical appear in my wallet and I can buy it.

While I may not be quite as OCD as some, I wanted to throw my .02 cents worth into the mix...:) -kd5-

mike07
05-23-10, 08:54 PM
Trevor, how large [or small] is your condo that you have inevitably ran out of space? How many rooms are available, could you turn one room into a "movie storage room"? Obviously not, but thought I'd ask anyways; since I have over 1500 DVDs and thought I was out of space completely until a friend of mine who is also a independent contractor helped me restructure the shelves and free up more wall space in the rec. room. Pics of your shelves?

Travis McClain
05-23-10, 09:18 PM
So as I think I mentioned at least once in this thread, I've been in the process of converting many of my DVD cases into slim-packs...I've actually decided to never cut, but just fold as necessary. I could go into more details on the process if anyone is interested, but let me get to my quirk. I save the original 14mm cases, for...the possibility of wanting to sell the title someday (if it goes out of print and can be sold for hundreds of $), or the possibility of someday having a huge house with tons of space and being able to store them all at 'full size'. So I have all these boxes full of empty cases in storage.

Folded artwork devalues the collectible nature just as much as cutting; you're still hurting your chances for full re-sale value later. Of course, I would also remind everyone that DVDs are a horrible product to view as "investments." Easier said than done, I know, especially if you grew up with comic books, baseball cards and action figures (like everyone else in my generation).

As for your storage issue, I have a question. So, you've got X volume of DVD cases, and you're condensing them for Y area of storage. If you've had room to keep the empty cases, though, it seems to me you were better off leaving the discs in them rather than occupying more of your available space with new (albeit slimmer) cases.

Let's say you've got a stack of 10 standard DVD cases. Converting them to slim cases will give you 50% more shelf space, yes, but wherever the original cases were stored is where you could also have simply stored originals instead of empty cases. They might be out of sight, or relegated to boxes, but it seems to me that you're better off with originals in boxes than additional cases on shelves supplanting original cases.

In any event, I do have one suggestion: Get a filing cabinet with hanging folders. Place your artwork in there for safekeeping, and recycle or donate your empty cases. Chances are pretty slim that you won't be able to replace empty DVD cases in the future if you want them, and this way they're out of the way, the artwork is preserved and you can move the discs themselves to slim cases, envelope sleeves, binders, those plastic storage tubes or whatever method you prefer.

I would, of course, advise you to keep anything that came in unique packaging in its original housing. There's really no benefit to taking Star Trek: The Original Series out of its casing, and it adds some aesthetic appeal to your shelves (especially if everything else is going to be soulless slimline cases!).

Trevor
05-24-10, 08:41 AM
, but I cannot say in all these years I've sold a single item that was NOT a duplicate or triplicate.
Same here. I've sold a few duplicates, and given away a few singles, but don't think I've ever sold a non-dupe.
You made the first step by removing the discs from the original DVD cases. The second step is throwing out the DVD cases. You spent hard earned money and made a commitment in buying the new cases so reap the benefit of freeing up space. You really don't need those cases.

If it makes it easier, keep your favorite DVDs in their original packaging. If there are some special titles that you think will go up in value, keep those in their original packaging too. Then start throwing out the extras, little by little.
The thing with the space, is that the empty originals are going off-site to basically limitless space (friend's huge empty basement, Mom's closet, etc). Whether I throw the empties away or not doesn't add to or subtract from my real space.

The stuff I put in storage in basically stuff that I wouldn't really miss if it all disappeared.

But good points on throwing away most of the basic black 14mm empties. While there is a lot of variety in the cases that different distributers use, I doubt that I or anyone I ever sell a DVD to would care that the DVD is in an Alpha series 4317 case and not the original Polyline series 89e. Or would we....?
Folded artwork devalues the collectible nature just as much as cutting; you're still hurting your chances for full re-sale value later. Of course, I would also remind everyone that DVDs are a horrible product to view as "investments." Easier said than done, I know, especially if you grew up with comic books, baseball cards and action figures (like everyone else in my generation).
True, but I imagine that folded would bother a collector a lot less than trimmed. But yes, nothing I do is really about re-sale. While it's a minor reason in the back of my mind, I've only sold like 20 discs of the 20,000 I own, and may very well never sell another disc.

The main reason I fold is because I figured out that it is faster than cutting, main secondary reason is because if I ever put them back in full cases it will look slightly nicer than trimmed.
As for your storage issue, I have a question. So, you've got X volume of DVD cases, and you're condensing them for Y area of storage. If you've had room to keep the empty cases, though, it seems to me you were better off leaving the discs in them rather than occupying more of your available space with new (albeit slimmer) cases.

Let's say you've got a stack of 10 standard DVD cases. Converting them to slim cases will give you 50% more shelf space, yes, but wherever the original cases were stored is where you could also have simply stored originals instead of empty cases. They might be out of sight, or relegated to boxes, but it seems to me that you're better off with originals in boxes than additional cases on shelves supplanting original cases.
As I mentioned above, the storage space isn't an issue at all. I think of stuff I put in storage as going into a Bag of Holding (former D&D geek reporting for duty!). It's limitless, never seen, but the items are there in case I change my mind.

Originals in boxes is something I'm working towards eliminating. I want everything on a shelf able to be easily browsed.
In any event, I do have one suggestion: Get a filing cabinet with hanging folders. Place your artwork in there for safekeeping, and recycle or donate your empty cases. Chances are pretty slim that you won't be able to replace empty DVD cases in the future if you want them, and this way they're out of the way, the artwork is preserved and you can move the discs themselves to slim cases, envelope sleeves, binders, those plastic storage tubes or whatever method you prefer.
Interesting. So you would store the coverart separately rather than folding or trimming? But then one would have to either create custom cover art for everything put in slimcases, or leave them disc only. Custom cover art is something I may do for a few titles, larges TV series cases that I want to compact down to double slims for example, but there is no way that I'd create custom art for my entire collection, it would take millions of dollars in ink ;)

And leaving slimcases disc only would make organizing and finding things a nightmare.

Oh, now I see that you're suggesting binders or spindles. I have done them in the past, but hate having to do that.

I don't know if this makes me old school, or a pack-rat, or touched, but I really want a library feel to my collection, and hate not being able to browse, physically with my actual hands, each film or book or CD as a separate physical item. I hate the thought of a virtual library with everything digitized.
I would, of course, advise you to keep anything that came in unique packaging in its original housing. There's really no benefit to taking Star Trek: The Original Series out of its casing, and it adds some aesthetic appeal to your shelves (especially if everything else is going to be soulless slimline cases!).
Yep, I've recently decided to do this, even moving some stuff back into originals that I had previously converted.
Trevor, how large [or small] is your condo that you have inevitably ran out of space? How many rooms are available, could you turn one room into a "movie storage room"? Obviously not, but thought I'd ask anyways; since I have over 1500 DVDs and thought I was out of space completely until a friend of mine who is also a independent contractor helped me restructure the shelves and free up more wall space in the rec. room. Pics of your shelves?
I should do pics, but have poor lighting in my condo, a weak camera (old iphone), and while in this re-organization state my place really is borderline Hoarders material. But I'll try to borrow a good camera with flash and come up with something.

I'm a master at using all available space, and already have shelfing all the way to the ceiling in many spaces. Room for more though, and I am contemplating returning to the Container Store for some more Elfa shelving.

The one free wall in my living room has Elfa shelving floor to ceiling, maybe 9 feet wide, ten shelves. I once thought it would hold everything I'd ever own, but now it barely holds just my TV sets, and I'd need three more of them to hold everything else.

Most non-TV DVDs are alphabetical in 4 largish bookcases, some double stacking until I convert them all to slim. 400 or so Criterions in boxes waiting for me to find space for a separate bookcase/shelf system for them. 300 or so blu-rays in 9 stacks on my bedroom dresser waiting for same.

Travis McClain
05-24-10, 09:16 AM
Interesting. So you would store the coverart separately rather than folding or trimming? But then one would have to either create custom cover art for everything put in slimcases, or leave them disc only...And leaving slimcases disc only would make organizing and finding things a nightmare.

Spines are really all you need to know from a glance what discs are in which cases. If you prefer to have artwork, you can customize it; but think of what it would be like to have every single slimeline spine in uniform! You control the colors, the fonts, the placement...the possibilities are endless!

Oh, now I see that you're suggesting binders or spindles. I have done them in the past, but hate having to do that.

I wasn't necessarily advocating them, so much as acknowledging their place in the substitute-for-original-cases scheme of things.

I don't know if this makes me old school, or a pack-rat, or touched, but I really want a library feel to my collection, and hate not being able to browse, physically with my actual hands, each film or book or CD as a separate physical item. I hate the thought of a virtual library with everything digitized.

I certainly can appreciate this viewpoint. Even knowing that the packaging elements were designed entirely to achieve commercial goals, I feel as though they're part of the art. I like holding jewel cases and reading booklets while listening to new albums, and I like browsing DVD packages before starting to watch the feature content. Hell, I don't even get rid of expired coupon brochures and those kinds of things just because I reason they were included with my purchase, and they should stay there.

I hadn't really given it any thought until several years ago when I bought Planet of the Apes (2001) at a yard sale and everything was pristine. The seller hadn't even opened the 20th Century Fox flier, and the internet start-up disc was still sealed. I decided then and there that when I sold DVDs to someone else down the road, they would get from me what I had received initially.

By the way, my local library just posted a link to this online game (http://users.ece.utexas.edu/~valmstrum/s2s/utopia/library4/src/library4.html) and I couldn't help but think of this thread. It's really simple: you have to properly sort a group of books. Each level becomes more difficult. That's all there is to it, and I'll be damned if I can quit playing it!

Trevor
05-24-10, 11:13 AM
Spines are really all you need to know from a glance what discs are in which cases. If you prefer to have artwork, you can customize it; but think of what it would be like to have every single slimeline spine in uniform! You control the colors, the fonts, the placement...the possibilities are endless!
True, and I've put in placeholder spines on a few conversions. But as you mention below, I'm all about the original art too.
I wasn't necessarily advocating them, so much as acknowledging their place in the substitute-for-original-cases scheme of things.
I actually have used two different binder systems in the past. One type is similar to the standard CD binders, except with a sleeve for inserts or coverart. They hold 40 discs iirc and I own a dozen or so. The other type has three unzippered binders of 18 sleeves each that go into a mini-bookcase shell. I have 20 or so of those.

So I have all of those in storage, ready to possibly be used for something. I still occasionally think that perhaps I'll use them for certain things, maybe the hundreds of 'B' horror films that I don't really need to proudly show on my shelves.
I certainly can appreciate this viewpoint. Even knowing that the packaging elements were designed entirely to achieve commercial goals, I feel as though they're part of the art. I like holding jewel cases and reading booklets while listening to new albums, and I like browsing DVD packages before starting to watch the feature content.
Exactly!
Hell, I don't even get rid of expired coupon brochures and those kinds of things just because I reason they were included with my purchase, and they should stay there.
Yep, everything stays for me, even stickers on the outer plastic.

The only thing that I possibly throw away are the blank inserts with the security fobs glued to them, but even them I save unless the space in the slimcase is cramped.
I hadn't really given it any thought until several years ago when I bought Planet of the Apes (2001) at a yard sale and everything was pristine. The seller hadn't even opened the 20th Century Fox flier, and the internet start-up disc was still sealed. I decided then and there that when I sold DVDs to someone else down the road, they would get from me what I had received initially.
This goes through my mind as well. I know that there are people out there even more OCD/whatever than me, so I try to keep all of the contents and packaging in case they buy/steal/inherit my possessions.
By the way, my local library just posted a link to this online game (http://users.ece.utexas.edu/~valmstrum/s2s/utopia/library4/src/library4.html) and I couldn't help but think of this thread. It's really simple: you have to properly sort a group of books. Each level becomes more difficult. That's all there is to it, and I'll be damned if I can quit playing it!
That killed half an hour on a slow day at work, thanks!

Gatherer
05-24-10, 07:13 PM
Well, I don't quite know if I qualify for OCD, but I am a stickler about organization. I only have 351 DVDs in my collection (which is small potatoes compared to some of you), but I have most everything that I've really wanted, and I still add movies as I see the entertainment value of them.
....
I just cataloged my DVDs manually, still need to categorize them (there's plenty of notebook left). I installed DVD Profiler which turned out to be the easiest method (UPC Code) of getting my collection on my computer, I wish I could show off my collection but I can't afford to shell out $30 to unlock all the features. I don't know what good it will be to me like this, maybe one day an extra $30 will magical appear in my wallet and I can buy it.

You might be in for some disappointment if you expect to catalog a 351-title DVD collection with DVD Profiler without paying the $30. A lot of features I care about (maybe you're already aware of this and don't care) are disabled after 50 DVDs if you don't pay.

www.invelos.com/dvdpro/Registration.aspx (http://www.invelos.com/dvdpro/Registration.aspx)
- Upload and share your collection with the DVD Profiler Online feature
- Install plugins to extend and enhance DVD Profiler
- Extensive filters let you delve into the details of your collection
- Download, view and print reports
- Pick movies to watch with the interactive Movie Pick feature
- Thumbnail View and Details View let you browse your collection graphicaly
- Load and save various layouts, including HTML sections
- Browse your collection by cast and crew
- Export your collection to XML
- View and print charts and graphs
- Add DVDs to your wishlist graphically with the "Upcoming Releases" tab

And unpaid regardless of collection size can't use higher-quality cover images and can't contribute to the database.

I'm considering a plethora of potential freeware alternatives, or might eventually give in and pay Invelos.

Gatherer
05-24-10, 07:22 PM
But good points on throwing away most of the basic black 14mm empties. While there is a lot of variety in the cases that different distributers use, I doubt that I or anyone I ever sell a DVD to would care that the DVD is in an Alpha series 4317 case and not the original Polyline series 89e. Or would we....?

True, but I imagine that folded would bother a collector a lot less than trimmed. But yes, nothing I do is really about re-sale. While it's a minor reason in the back of my mind, I've only sold like 20 discs of the 20,000 I own, and may very well never sell another disc.

The main reason I fold is because I figured out that it is faster than cutting, main secondary reason is because if I ever put them back in full cases it will look slightly nicer than trimmed.

Speaking as someone who's recently been buying a lot (for me, not relative to most of you guys) of used DVDs and pondering what factors are worth what level of importance to me:

- Having the original cover art is very important. A color printout on nice paper of the original cover art is an acceptable replacement. I accidentally ended up with one that has a color printout on not-nice paper in not-nice condition, which I may or may not eventually have to give in on it bugging me and reprint it on better paper myself.

- Having bits of the edges missing from the cover art (trimmed) is annoying, but not a dealbreaker, and not worth the time/expense/hassle of reprinting. I bought a few like that which were likely due to being converted from snapper cases to keepcases (and a few snapper conversions with the abovementioned printed replacements).

- Having the edges of the cover art creased is much better than having the edges lost forever (trimmed).

- Inserts are a pleasant surprise to still be present (particularly when they're not just ads), but since so many discs don't come with any nowadays (particularly not counting ads) and since I expect the vast majority of used discs to be lacking any that might have originally been present, I'm not bothered by their absence and generally don't know the difference (no idea if there would've been an insert or not).

- Original case is not important except in rare exceptions; black 14mm cases can be treated interchangeably. I have a strong dislike for the new "eco-cases"/"eco-boxes", and have actually swapped out new DVDs from eco-cases to used sturdier standard keepcases.

I do find the variety of hub designs to be intriguing, and have set aside one of each type I've come across so far due to the assortment of used empty cases I acquired, and if I ever get around to it might take pictures and document them online or something. From the online case stores I've perused, it seems to be darn near impossible to intentionally purchase more of many of the hub styles (most of which don't identify themselves).

So if you, unlike myself, do care about which disc you originally acquired in which style of case, you could document which goes with which and get rid of some of the duplicate-style empty cases, but you might find it very difficult to reacquire a desired style if you want to be able to put your collection back in the original style cases in the future.

Travis McClain
05-24-10, 08:12 PM
You might be in for some disappointment if you expect to catalog a 351-title DVD collection with DVD Profiler without paying the $30. A lot of features I care about (maybe you're already aware of this and don't care) are disabled after 50 DVDs if you don't pay...And unpaid regardless of collection size can't use higher-quality cover images and can't contribute to the database.

YMMV, of course, but I've sufficed with the free version all along. My owned library numbers in the 800s, and I've created a few categories to track titles I've rented and seen in a theater, too. It'd be nice to have unrestricted access to the kinds of data-at-a-glance reports you mention, but I can't say it really bothers me to not have them. And I really don't mind adding my own high resolution artwork; I'm used to doing that for my iTunes library and assorted blogging purposes anyway.

As for not being able to contribute to the system, I have to say I don't think I would even try if I had a membership. I ventured into their forum once out of curiosity. I left in horror. I'm content to modify my own information, and not endure the scrutiny of the people who are constantly finding new semantics to debate.

kd5
05-24-10, 09:19 PM
You might be in for some disappointment if you expect to catalog a 351-title DVD collection with DVD Profiler without paying the $30. A lot of features I care about (maybe you're already aware of this and don't care) are disabled after 50 DVDs if you don't pay.

invelos.com/dvdpro/Registration.aspx


And unpaid regardless of collection size can't use higher-quality cover images and can't contribute to the database.

I'm considering a plethora of potential freeware alternatives, or might eventually give in and pay Invelos.

Believe me, I am only too aware of the loss of features after 50 DVDs but I really didn't have much of a choice, I couldn't just catalog 50 DVDs of my collection, really couldn't see much point in that.

I am also painfully aware of the loss of the features I really wish I had access to, like I was saying before: "maybe one day an extra $30 will magical appear in my wallet and I can buy it."

Until then I'll keep working on my hand-written lists. I have the main list done, now I need to categorize. -kd5-

beebs
05-25-10, 02:06 AM
Trevor, I understand your position. Still, your best bet is to try and throw out your boxes. Start in smaller percentages. Obviously, you're not going to sell all your DVDS or even half of them. But let's say you keep half of your empty cases, which would be plenty to pick from if you needed to sell them. You know deep down that you're not going to be selling very many of your discs any way. Besides, keeping so many cases for the chance of selling them isn't worth the couple dollars.

I throw out all black 1-disc cases. These are so easily replaced and impossible to tell if they are original anyways. (Who is to say they didn't change cases at some point.) 2-disc 14mm black cases that are standard also go. My library literally has stacks of these DVD cases they can't give away.

I keep all unusual cases. White, green, silver ones. I keep the big cases, like the older style 2-disc cases. For the 800+ movies I have, there's probably 100 cases I've kept. I keep all Disney and Kids movies of any sort. Surprisingly, kids movies hold their value better than any other types from my experience.

I keep my movies in DiscSox. Neatly organized, alpha, mixing in HD DVD and Blu-rays. Where it works, I put original artwork in the discsox. Otherwise it's a keeper on the shelf and cover scan in the sleeve.

600 or so movies looks like this --

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp345/comixguru/media_storage.jpg

I store most of my movies also on my HTPC. Those are easily pulled up as well.

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp345/comixguru/SageDVDView.jpg

mike07
05-26-10, 01:32 PM
^ Nice space saver, but I could never have my collection invisible so to speak. But to each their own, I guess.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
05-26-10, 03:09 PM
^ Nice space saver, but I could never have my collection invisible so to speak. But to each their own, I guess.

I do the same with a bunch of mine. Most of it is kids stuff, so they can watch what they want and I don't have to worry about discs getting messed up or having to change what they're watching(little kids).

The other big chunk of stuff is the rifftrax mixes I've done. I like to mix the audio with the DVDs I have so I can stream it.

Viper187
05-26-10, 03:52 PM
I use a text file for each media format (DVD/BD/HD) to catalog mine and display them with PHP (http://viper.shadowflareindustries.com/?media) or convert to excel spreadsheet for printing. I've thought about slimming down movie series that I have the individual releases of by just sticking them in a multi-disc case the same thickness as standard cases and using the cover art from the 1st. Like put the 3 Maniac Cop movies in 1 case with the cover art from the original. I haven't gone that route yet though. I've got 1 door left to fill on my 6th cabinet (Sauder #2650).

Gatherer
06-01-10, 09:43 AM
I'm considering a plethora of potential freeware alternatives, or might eventually give in and pay Invelos.

I have now completed my 'research project' seeking alternatives, if anyone following this thread is interested:
Catalog of DVD Cataloging Software (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/574554-catalog-dvd-cataloging-software.html)

I'm currently thinking I'll use one of the freeware programs (which program is yet to be determined) in combination with unpaid DVD Profiler.


PS: Many people are quite happy to pay for DVD Profiler, which is great, but the reasons I'm reluctant to are:
- There's SO many free alternatives.
- I'm on a slim budget, and buying software about DVDs feels even more frivolous than buying DVDs. ;)
- It can be nice to check their reference database for some things (thus thinking about using it alongside another program), but I prefer the idea of programs that can download info from multiple places to not be dependent on a single point of failure.
- I would inevitably be tempted to get into the contribution system battleground, which would inevitably lead to frustration for me.

SethDLH
06-06-10, 11:36 PM
I've been thinking about reorganizing my collection for the first time. I'm thinking of going by genre, keeping all formats separate. All BDs and VHS' would be straight alphabetical since I don't have enough to breakdown, but DVDs would go into about 8-10 different genres.... If I decide to do it I'll use dividers to label everything... hmmmm

Trevor
06-07-10, 07:04 AM
Side note, I often think of combining all my formats, as I'm to the point where I can't remember what HD discs I own. Anyone else mix in their BDs and HD-DVDs with regular DVDs, or even VHS?

I hate buying a DVD after confirming that I don't own it, but then later seeing that I own a HD version of it. Yeah, I know I need to get off my butt and catalog everything, I'm obviously very lazy, and fearful of another DVDSpot scenario.

Travis McClain
06-07-10, 07:20 AM
Side note, I often think of combining all my formats, as I'm to the point where I can't remember what HD discs I own. Anyone else mix in their BDs and HD-DVDs with regular DVDs, or even VHS?

I hate buying a DVD after confirming that I don't own it, but then later seeing that I own a HD version of it. Yeah, I know I need to get off my butt and catalog everything, I'm obviously very lazy, and fearful of another DVDSpot scenario.

I've already replaced nearly everything with a DVD release and frankly, I'd like to upgrade the remaining handful so I'm not fearful of title duplication in that respect. The only thing preventing me is, of course, not everything has been given a DVD release. I suspect we'll never see a disc version of, say, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Special, for instance.

As for combining the formats, right now our Blu-ray library is segregated mostly because we're still in the honeymoon stage where we like seeing that format at a glance and, if I'm honest here, showing it off. DVD Profiler keeps them all in the same list, though, so if I were someone who relied upon an inventory of my library to prevent me from unnecessarily duplicating a title, it would be sufficient. You can also create your own listings and add a format, so there's really nothing preventing you from cataloging your VHS titles with DVD Profiler, as well. I've got a separate field for movies I've seen in a theater and even content I've rented/streamed.

I'm not so concerned about DVD Profiler going the way of DVD Spot, largely because it's a software that exists on my computer. Even if Invelos ceases to support it, the worst that will happen is I'll have to manually enter the content. I'd probably never get around to adding cast and crew credits, of course, but that's not really a feature I use anyway.

JamesDFarrow
06-07-10, 09:00 AM
Side note, I often think of combining all my formats, as I'm to the point where I can't remember what HD discs I own. Anyone else mix in their BDs and HD-DVDs with regular DVDs, or even VHS?

I hate buying a DVD after confirming that I don't own it, but then later seeing that I own a HD version of it. Yeah, I know I need to get off my butt and catalog everything, I'm obviously very lazy, and fearful of another DVDSpot scenario.

I mix in my Blu-Ray with my DVDs. Don't have any VHS anymore so that's not an issue. I mix them to avoid duplication and also for the space issue. Just don't have the space to start a second library. They are easy to spot as well due to the height of the cases.

James

Travis McClain
06-07-10, 09:59 AM
I mix them to avoid duplication and also for the space issue. Just don't have the space to start a second library. They are easy to spot as well due to the height of the cases.

The only thing I would point out is that, due to the height difference, you might actually be able to maximize how much shelf space you're getting if you separate the Blus; depending, of course, on the size of your library and the nature of your organizational units. For a smaller sized library, it won't make any noticeable difference, but for larger ones, you might actually "create" a new shelf simply by separating them.

slop101
06-07-10, 10:02 AM
Yeah, my dvds and blu-rays are all mixed together - sometimes, when I keep the dvd and it has nice packaging, I just toss the blu-ray case and put the blu-ray inside the dvd package next to the SD dvd.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-07-10, 11:23 AM
I keep the kid's blu-rays downstairs and all dvds upstairs. If there's a dvd and I also own the title on blu-ray, it goes into it's own section, not on the shelves. The non-kid blu-rays are also floating around upstairs and not on shelves, since I don't have enough room.

Cheato
06-07-10, 11:24 AM
Side note, I often think of combining all my formats, as I'm to the point where I can't remember what HD discs I own. Anyone else mix in their BDs and HD-DVDs with regular DVDs, or even VHS?

I keep my stuff sorted together, not separated by format. This means I also have stuff that's not available in a commercial release which I have recorded to DVD-Rs together with my Blu-rays and DVDs.

It seemed natural to me because I was already storing my PS1, PS2, and Xbox games together (and later Gamecube, PS3, Xbox360, and Wii games, too). It seems strange to have my Resident Evil games all in separate places just because they are for different systems. From my perspective, the "right place" for them is together. Same with Spider-Man games. Why put the movie games 1 and 2 in one place because they were PS2 games and then movie game 3 in another because it was made for the PS3? I think it's kind of cool to be able to see, say, all the Batman games in one place, and I have them sorted chronologically by release date, so you can see a kind of history of games based on the character.

So, too, I want all my Batman movies in one place, and so on.

Gatherer
06-07-10, 11:42 AM
There are certainly two angles to this, each with pros and cons... separated formats to keep the physical/visual order of matching case types together, or all formats together to keep the mental/virtual order of matching content together. :)

The same kind of thing can happen with books (although different sizes of books don't need different devices to play them); some people group all hardbacks separately from paperbacks to make their shelves look more consistent, but they might have part of a series in hardback and part in paperback.

Travis McClain
06-07-10, 11:59 AM
It seems strange to have my Resident Evil games all in separate places just because they are for different systems. From my perspective, the "right place" for them is together. Same with Spider-Man games. Why put the movie games 1 and 2 in one place because they were PS2 games and then movie game 3 in another because it was made for the PS3? I think it's kind of cool to be able to see, say, all the Batman games in one place, and I have them sorted chronologically by release date, so you can see a kind of history of games based on the character.

To a point, I concur. We used to have the Gamecube and Wii games mixed together; it was kind of nice seeing Mario Party 4-7 together. But the truth is, we rarely play the GC games (mostly because we don't feel like the hassle of the wired controllers) so they stay on the bottom shelf, and the Wii games are in a crate beside the Wii on top of the TV stand.

The same kind of thing can happen with books (although different sizes of books don't need different devices to play them); some people group all hardbacks separately from paperbacks to make their shelves look more consistent, but they might have part of a series in hardback and part in paperback.

I'm not big on putting paperbacks with hardbacks unless they're the larger sized softcover editions that can physically go side-by-side with hardbacks. Otherwise, I think a shelf becomes unwieldy--especially if there are clusters of several smaller paperbacks between hardbacks. Plus, I only have one real book case (one is full of texts and such, so it doesn't count). It makes much more sense for me to move my paperbacks to smaller CD towers, and use the larger shelf space for the hardbacks. If I had more shelf space, I'd still segregate them; only they'd be on the same piece of furniture.

mike07
06-07-10, 03:38 PM
Side note, I often think of combining all my formats, as I'm to the point where I can't remember what HD discs I own. Anyone else mix in their BDs and HD-DVDs with regular DVDs, or even VHS?

I hate buying a DVD after confirming that I don't own it, but then later seeing that I own a HD version of it. Yeah, I know I need to get off my butt and catalog everything, I'm obviously very lazy, and fearful of another DVDSpot scenario.

I haven't upgraded to HD yet, but I still have quite a few VHS tapes (mostly stuff that's not available on DVD) which remains segregated from the DVDs.

As for being fearful of cataloging software being discontinued (i.e. DVDSpot), I have learned in the past not to rely on any service/software to catalog my collection-- right now I only use Microsoft Excel. I print off a "master list" every year and keep 2 copies of the document itself (Desktop & flash drive)-Not to mention I'm considering uploading it to Google Docs one of these days. This could be something you could consider doing.

SethDLH
06-07-10, 03:57 PM
Well, I took a few hours and re-organized by collection by genre - Blu Ray, DVD- action/adventure, blaxploitation, comedy, criterion/moc, documentary, drama, exploitation/cult, gialli, horror, sci-fi/fantasy, thriller, troma, western, VHS (only a few). Of course there were a bunch of titles that could have gone in a couple of different genres, and I made entire sections that could fit into others but I like the setup so far and hopefully I can break it down even farther when I get enough titles from certain sections. I can't wait for the day where I have enough post-apocalyptic titles to start its own section :D

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
06-07-10, 04:04 PM
I haven't upgraded to HD yet, but I still have quite a few VHS tapes (mostly stuff that's not available on DVD) which remains segregated from the DVDs.

Same here. Those are all stacked in piles in the middle of my theater room. I've only recently started going through them and making DVDs out of the ones that still don't have a DVD yet.

milo bloom
06-07-10, 04:34 PM
I keep my stuff sorted together, not separated by format. This means I also have stuff that's not available in a commercial release which I have recorded to DVD-Rs together with my Blu-rays and DVDs.

It seemed natural to me because I was already storing my PS1, PS2, and Xbox games together (and later Gamecube, PS3, Xbox360, and Wii games, too). It seems strange to have my Resident Evil games all in separate places just because they are for different systems. From my perspective, the "right place" for them is together. Same with Spider-Man games. Why put the movie games 1 and 2 in one place because they were PS2 games and then movie game 3 in another because it was made for the PS3? I think it's kind of cool to be able to see, say, all the Batman games in one place, and I have them sorted chronologically by release date, so you can see a kind of history of games based on the character.

So, too, I want all my Batman movies in one place, and so on.

I did that once with all my Final Fantasy stuff, all the games from all the systems, plus the two DVDs (Advent Children and Spirits Within), it wasn't even close to every FF thing ever made but it was still impressive.

For years I've dreamed of combining media, like having the original novel, then the movie based on it, then soundtrack to the movie, then spinoff TV series, maybe even throw in a few graphic novels or a making of book (like that really nice BladeRunner one).

But for now, I do combine my Blurays with my DVDs. I have less than 10 Blu's and several hundred DVDs, and some of the Blu's are parts of series, so it doesn't make sense to sort them out separately (like Harry Potter 6 on Blu is with the HP DVDs, and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is with all my Apes DVDs since it's the only one I own.)

I also have 2010 on Blu next to my 2001 DVD (2010 got upgraded first since the 2001 DVD is 16x9).

snausages
06-08-10, 02:35 AM
Side note, I often think of combining all my formats, as I'm to the point where I can't remember what HD discs I own. Anyone else mix in their BDs and HD-DVDs with regular DVDs, or even VHS?

I hate buying a DVD after confirming that I don't own it, but then later seeing that I own a HD version of it. Yeah, I know I need to get off my butt and catalog everything, I'm obviously very lazy, and fearful of another DVDSpot scenario.

I've never thought of mixing them, but I do see your point. If you are not particular about everything lining up nicely, then this may be the way to go. I usually use a spreadsheet or DVDAF to sort everything out and then just search whenever I am thinking of purchasing something I "might" have already.

milo bloom
06-08-10, 10:07 AM
I know people rag on DVDAF, and I agree it could stand some improvement, but I have used it for so many years and it's served me very well for what it is, especially for being free. I especially like being able to make different folders for different groupings (like I have my Star Trek in a separate folder, my Godzilla's in a folder) and there's a "sort override" function, so you don't have to accept the default alphabetical sorting (this way I can have Army of Darkness *after* Evil Dead 1 and 2, though I still have to explain it to people who see them on my shelf and ask about it...), it also allows me to have all my Doctor Who discs in story number order, all my Star Trek in order, etc.

My link is below, give it a look if you want to see for yourself.

smashthesymbols
06-08-10, 08:54 PM
I've said this over and over, but if DVDAF would just add an import by UPC feature I'd be there immediately. I really want a place to put my collection online and I like what DVDAF has going, I just refuse to start over and add every single title by hand.

mike07
06-08-10, 10:31 PM
I've said this over and over, but if DVDAF would just add an import by UPC feature I'd be there immediately. I really want a place to put my collection online and I like what DVDAF has going, I just refuse to start over and add every single title by hand.

You can search for and catalog titles by UPC on DVDAf...

smashthesymbols
06-09-10, 06:23 PM
You can search for and catalog titles by UPC on DVDAf...
I realize I can search that way. That still requires going through one by one. I want a quick import feature that can take a couple thousand UPCs at once and put them all in my collection.

taco5
09-05-10, 02:58 PM
After on again off again work on my rec room after a flood earlier this year, I finally have everything back to the way it was and am about 95% done.

http://images5b.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp6327%3B%3Enu%3D32%3B%3A%3E33%3A%3E45%3B%3E23%3A%3B33%3A54%3C258ot1lsi

http://images5b.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp6325%3A%3Enu%3D32%3B%3A%3E33%3A%3E463%3E23%3A%3B33%3A554258ot1lsi

http://images5b.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp63282%3Enu%3D32%3B%3A%3E33%3A%3E465%3E23%3A%3B33%3A556258ot1lsi

http://images5b.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp63277%3Enu%3D32%3B%3A%3E33%3A%3E467%3E23%3A%3B33%3A558258ot1lsi

http://images5b.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp63272%3Enu%3D32%3B%3A%3E33%3A%3E469%3E23%3A%3B33%3A55%3A258ot1lsi

http://images5b.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp6325%3A%3Enu%3D32%3B%3A%3E33%3A%3E46%3B%3E23%3A%3B33%3A55%3C258ot1lsi

I still have a little more work to do heare and there but am going to take a break for a couple months and just enjoy what I have done for now. Pictures did not come out very good. I think it may be on it's way out. Time for a new one.

Cardsfan111
09-05-10, 03:03 PM
^ Nice pictures taco5. You don't waste any space, that's for sure. :)

Viper187
09-05-10, 03:32 PM
I actually eliminated an entire cabinet or more the past month by simply repackaging discs. Some of the more annoying box sets like Alien Quadrilogy got replaced with Versapak cases. I also put all 10 Friday the 13th movies together in a Versapak. Things like that. I've got a pile of Amaray cases and crappy digipak type packaging in the closet. Pretty funny, I had the original Stargate SG-1 (amaray x5) packaging for the first 8 seasons. I can fit 4 seasons where I used to have 1 now. I hope to fill in all the space I freed up at xmas time, but my financial situation is up in the air at the moment.

milo bloom
09-05-10, 07:04 PM
That's an impressive collection there taco, I don't even have a tenth of the goodies you have, and my shelves still feel crowded. I'd also love to move my setup to our basement but I'm also afraid of flooding.

smurr05
09-05-10, 07:27 PM
Taco Very impressive! Wish I had that much room for all my stuff. Have to keep all of my TV titles in a closet along with most of my 1 sheet posters, and some Collectables!:(

Travis McClain
09-09-10, 10:46 AM
I use DVD Profiler, and for the last day or so I can't access any of my Disney titles. Whenever I click on any of them in the list, it just continues to show the last non-Disney title I had selected. Anyone else having this problem or know anything about it? I'm using 3.6, build 1392.

Spottedfeather
09-09-10, 03:14 PM
I use that exact DVD Profiler and just checked. I could see Disney movies. I don't know what the problem could be. The only problem that I ever had with it was if the dvd cover picture wasn't at a certain size. It would often disappear. Though, that was probably more the version of the program it was or the computer on which I was using it.

bluthswede6
09-27-10, 10:45 PM
Just reorganized all my stuff and thought I'd share here. Bought one shelf a few years ago and filled it up. Looked pretty hard for the same shelf but they do not make it anymore so I bought the newer version. Unfortunately the shelves are shorter and its made of crappier material. Oh well. Here are the photos.

Old shelf http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs687.snc4/62784_1500253440555_1660743440_1151976_4253963_n.jpg

New shelf http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs338.ash2/61827_1500253520557_1660743440_1151977_6312569_n.jpg

I've played around with different ways of organizing the titles and have settled on this for now. HDdvd and Bluray are mixed together but sorted by categories. Movies, Sports, Criterion, TV shows, and Disney. Other shelf as CDs, video games, regular DVD sorted similarly and a ton of old wrestling dvds.

Dick Laurent
10-05-10, 04:09 PM
Side note, I often think of combining all my formats, as I'm to the point where I can't remember what HD discs I own. Anyone else mix in their BDs and HD-DVDs with regular DVDs, or even VHS?
I did combine all of my formats together for about three shelves worth. I even turned the VHS to make them look more appealing. I tried with all of the spines together (BD/HD/VHS)... Have you ever thrown up in your mouth and sneezed at the same time? I haven't myself, but I imagine that the pain I felt looking at my collection in that state of disarray would be very similar.

I hate buying a DVD after confirming that I don't own it, but then later seeing that I own a HD version of it. Yeah, I know I need to get off my butt and catalog everything, I'm obviously very lazy, and fearful of another DVDSpot scenario.
I hate this as well, and Collectorz has a fix. They have Android and iPhone apps that sync your collection to your phone. Very cool, and portable.

Trevor
12-01-10, 09:07 AM
I went dumpster diving today. The gift shop at the hospital was throwing away a rotating display that I think I'll be able to work into my DVD or CD collection somehow. I have no shame.

http://i903.photobucket.com/albums/ac231/TrevorWilliams88/Misc/danol1.jpg

mike07
12-01-10, 09:42 AM
Anyone store their DVDs in a multi-disc CD/DVD "binder"? I'm looking at the $8 ones Big Lots sells, but I currently have over 2000 discs and those only hold 96 each (so I will need >10 of them). I'm also unsure whether I'd put bonus discs (anything that has 2 or 3 discs) in them.

I find it's a better to have them all on display but I have literally ran out of space, as all 4 walls of my "media room" are full. I'm not interested in replacing regular cases to slim cases, so that's not an option. I keep everything in alphabetical order except for a few exceptions.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
12-01-10, 07:14 PM
Anyone store their DVDs in a multi-disc CD/DVD "binder"? I'm looking at the $8 ones Big Lots sells, but I currently have over 2000 discs and those only hold 96 each (so I will need >10 of them). I'm also unsure whether I'd put bonus discs (anything that has 2 or 3 discs) in them.

I find it's a better to have them all on display but I have literally ran out of space, as all 4 walls of my "media room" are full. I'm not interested in replacing regular cases to slim cases, so that's not an option. I keep everything in alphabetical order except for a few exceptions.

Yes. The only thing to consider is how the sleeves are on the inside. Crappy ones tend to have harsher material that can scratch DVDs.

The Valeyard
12-01-10, 08:21 PM
I went dumpster diving today. The gift shop at the hospital was throwing away a rotating display that I think I'll be able to work into my DVD or CD collection somehow. I have no shame.

http://i903.photobucket.com/albums/ac231/TrevorWilliams88/Misc/danol1.jpg

:thumbsup: That's awesome!

Ash Ketchum
12-02-10, 11:38 AM
I went dumpster diving today. The gift shop at the hospital was throwing away a rotating display that I think I'll be able to work into my DVD or CD collection somehow. I have no shame.

http://i903.photobucket.com/albums/ac231/TrevorWilliams88/Misc/danol1.jpg

Hmmm...now where's that Gift Shop Supply Catalog I discarded because I thought I'd never need it?

Trevor
12-02-10, 12:48 PM
Hmmm...now where's that Gift Shop Supply Catalog I discarded because I thought I'd never need it?

It's actually pretty awesome the more I think about it. I'll take off the stickers obviously, it was used to sell women's casual shoes (not sure why the hospital had them here...).

It's fairly sturdy plastic, but not too heavy. The slots aren't tall enough to hold DVDs standing up, but would work on their shorter side. So I'll probably use it for CDs. I think each slot holds 5 CDs, so 15 per vestibule, x8, x4 sides, = 480 CDs. It seems like it will hold that weight, but I'll have to be careful, as I guess it was made for pretty light shoes.

Ash Ketchum
12-02-10, 01:48 PM
It's actually pretty awesome the more I think about it. I'll take off the stickers obviously, it was used to sell women's casual shoes (not sure why the hospital had them here...).

It's fairly sturdy plastic, but not too heavy. The slots aren't tall enough to hold DVDs standing up, but would work on their shorter side. So I'll probably use it for CDs. I think each slot holds 5 CDs, so 15 per vestibule, x8, x4 sides, = 480 CDs. It seems like it will hold that weight, but I'll have to be careful, as I guess it was made for pretty light shoes.

Keep us posted on how it works out.

MovieMassacre
12-03-10, 08:48 AM
^ That brings up this possible conversation:

Do you all really trade in most of your DVDs once you "upgrade" to the BD? I would never even begin to consider such a thing. Two main reasons.
I do. But if the DVD does have a decent feature on it that the BD does not I'll of course keep the DVD.

MovieMassacre
12-03-10, 08:56 AM
One thing I just noticed. You don't leave "spaces" between sections. I used to do this but got tired of shifting a couple of hundred DVDs every time I bought new DVDs that fit in the middle. I now leave a good space between genres so that if I get, say Iron Man 2, I only have to shift the DVDs (in that genre) a little bit (left or right). Eventually the space gets filled in but at least I don't have to shift the majority of DVDs every time.

I used to hate doing that as well. But now what I do is let my new titles pile up for a month and then the first weekend of every month I just put in a good movie and spends few hours on a Saturday or Sunday adding the new titles to the collection. By the time the film is over I'm usually finished.

MovieMassacre
12-03-10, 08:59 AM
What do you do with paper inserts that were shrink wrapped to the outside of the case and are too big to fit inside of it? For instance, the sheet of paper Warner included on the back of the Batman Blu-ray Digibook. It lists the content and is the only place that has the UPC code. It's the same dimensions as the digibook, so if you tuck it inside, it sticks out. Not a major problem, except then part of it hangs out and is vulnerable to shelf wear.

Ughh I hate when they are too big to fit in the case! I have a tone of them rubber-banded together in the closet of my media room.

MovieMassacre
12-03-10, 09:01 AM
As of right now I have my VHS, DVDs, BD, HD-DVDs, and CD/DVD combos are all together in alphabetical order on Atlantic book shelves. I agree that the look of this isn't the most appealing mostly due to the VHS being so sunken in. The BDs/HD-DVD next to the DVDs doesn't look too bad at all. But I just hate when something like my 28 Days Later BD isn't next to my 28 Week Later DVD, or my Fright Night DVD isn't next to my Fright Night 2 VHS, and so on... So it might not look the prettiest but it just feels right to me.

bse
12-04-10, 01:56 AM
It is amazing how quick my mind changes on organizing my films, I was always into, up until recently - displaying the entire collection. Sadly since I moved from a house with a large amount of space into an apartment, my collection started to get in the way of things. I've sold hundreds of DVDs and blu-rays over the last 2 months and am continuing to do so now. I've gotten my collection down to 3 large shelves (with overflow stacked on top) that take up about a third of the longest wall in the apartment, I would love to trim it down to just 2 shelves and I continue to sell things daily.

The shelving I got lucky with, I found someone on Craigslist selling them (turned out to be a Canadian Diplomat living in a huge mansion on a golf course) - I was able to get them for really cheap and they fit DVDs perfectly.

I plan on posting a picture sometime next week, I want to track my effort to slim down my collection even further.

More people should post up their collection, Trevor, we have been waiting to see what you are working on for months.

Trevor
12-04-10, 02:29 AM
It is amazing how quick my mind changes on organizing my films, I was always into, up until recently - displaying the entire collection. Sadly since I moved from a house with a large amount of space into an apartment, my collection started to get in the way of things.

I plan on posting a picture sometime next week, I want to track my effort to slim down my collection even further.

More people should post up their collection, Trevor, we have been waiting to see what you are working on for months.
I've posted a couple pics of part of my collection, but my place looks too similar to a Hoarders episode right now to really show anyone. Well, not quite that bad, but I see the potential to get my 15 minutes that way.

I rarely make actual progress on any serious organizing efforts, it's all just talk. But 2011 will be different!

Saving for future posts.

I rarely make actual progress on any serious organizing efforts, it's all just talk. But 2012 will be different!

I rarely make actual progress on any serious organizing efforts, it's all just talk. But 2013 will be different!

I rarely make actual progress on any serious organizing efforts, it's all just talk. But 2014 will be different!

Pizza
12-04-10, 08:57 AM
I've posted a couple pics of part of my collection, but my place looks too similar to a Hoarders episode right now to really show anyone. Well, not quite that bad, but I see the potential to get my 15 minutes that way.

I rarely make actual progress on any serious organizing efforts, it's all just talk. But 2011 will be different!


This week on a very special episode of Hoarders. . .Trevor, from DVDTALK.com.

Do it! We'll all watch. . .and take notes.;)

BTW that stand you found would work in my system since I store all my DVDs in slim CD jewel cases. And, you'd double the number at least of what would fit. Still hard to tell if that stand is sturdy enough.

SterlingBen
12-04-10, 10:10 AM
Looks to be just the right size to where you could cut up VHs cases and glue them on where the make-up ads are.

Defiantly be sure to clean it well though, with all those sickies touching it.

mike07
12-04-10, 10:36 AM
BTW that stand you found would work in my system since I store all my DVDs in slim CD jewel cases. And, you'd double the number at least of what would fit. Still hard to tell if that stand is sturdy enough.

How do you find anything? I can't imagine using slim CD jewel cases for DVDs, it seems like you wouldn't be able to read the title without pulling the case out. Do you have any pics? I'm constantly looking for new ways to maximize my space.

SethDLH
12-04-10, 10:58 AM
It is amazing how quick my mind changes on organizing my films, I was always into, up until recently - displaying the entire collection. Sadly since I moved from a house with a large amount of space into an apartment, my collection started to get in the way of things. I've sold hundreds of DVDs and blu-rays over the last 2 months and am continuing to do so now. I've gotten my collection down to 3 large shelves (with overflow stacked on top) that take up about a third of the longest wall in the apartment, I would love to trim it down to just 2 shelves and I continue to sell things daily.

The shelving I got lucky with, I found someone on Craigslist selling them (turned out to be a Canadian Diplomat living in a huge mansion on a golf course) - I was able to get them for really cheap and they fit DVDs perfectly.

I plan on posting a picture sometime next week, I want to track my effort to slim down my collection even further.

More people should post up their collection, Trevor, we have been waiting to see what you are working on for months.

Where do you sell your stuff? I'd love to take a look at a list of stuff you're dumping :D

bse
12-04-10, 12:03 PM
Where do you sell your stuff? I'd love to take a look at a list of stuff you're dumping :D

I just sold the bulk of it on Amazon and a few on ebay, next time I post a large number of DVDS, I will have to let everyone know.

Trevor
12-04-10, 03:37 PM
This week on a very special episode of Hoarders. . .Trevor, from DVDTALK.com.

Do it! We'll all watch. . .and take notes.;)

BTW that stand you found would work in my system since I store all my DVDs in slim CD jewel cases. And, you'd double the number at least of what would fit. Still hard to tell if that stand is sturdy enough.
I'll make sure I have some Blossom DVDs on display as they enter my condo and give that "very special episode" tagline.
Looks to be just the right size to where you could cut up VHs cases and glue them on where the make-up ads are.

Defiantly be sure to clean it well though, with all those sickies touching it.
Good idea! I don't have any VHS really, but could (gasp!) cut up some slipcovers and glue them there.
How do you find anything? I can't imagine using slim CD jewel cases for DVDs, it seems like you wouldn't be able to read the title without pulling the case out. Do you have any pics? I'm constantly looking for new ways to maximize my space.
I use slim DVD cases for much of my collection, and they read just fine, so I imagine slim CD cases would work as well.

Travis McClain
12-04-10, 03:47 PM
I use slim DVD cases for much of my collection, and they read just fine, so I imagine slim CD cases would work as well.

Don't know what slim CD cases you're using, but I have no idea how you'd go about putting labels on the spines of the ones I have. Unlike slim DVD cases, there's no accommodation for wraparound inserts.

Trevor
12-04-10, 03:56 PM
Don't know what slim CD cases you're using, but I have no idea how you'd go about putting labels on the spines of the ones I have. Unlike slim DVD cases, there's no accommodation for wraparound inserts.

Not me. I use slim DVD cases. But I imagine Pizza just creates custom labels.

Pizza
12-04-10, 08:10 PM
How do you find anything? I can't imagine using slim CD jewel cases for DVDs, it seems like you wouldn't be able to read the title without pulling the case out. Do you have any pics? I'm constantly looking for new ways to maximize my space.

http://www.shamray.com/cdshelf.JPG
Yes, you have to pull a few cases out but I have absolutely no problems finding a title quickly and it's worth the space it saves. You could set it up different ways but for me, I break it down to genres. For any genre, such as Disney, that is too large to search through at a glance I use CD dividers that are cut in half (http://www.amazon.com/Blank-Divider-Section-Separators-Dividers/dp/B000RUQDV8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1291512674&sr=8-3) that act as tabs and indicate the first letter in the title, such as ABC.

xage
12-04-10, 09:28 PM
My OCD Collecting perhaps is more into Collect All Possible Versions there is in US/Canada release.

The latest one that I'm planning to obtain would be All Inception Blu-ray Exclusives this coming Tuesday.



http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr280/xage02/SAW_BD1.jpg

http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr280/xage02/MJJ_XAGE.jpg

http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr280/xage02/watchmen_v2.jpg

http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr280/xage02/watchmen_v2.jpg

http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr280/xage02/TF2_BB00.jpg

http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr280/xage02/xage_saw.jpg

http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr280/xage02/T2_D.jpg

http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr280/xage02/deathnote_complete.jpg

http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr280/xage02/SW001.jpg

http://i491.photobucket.com/albums/rr280/xage02/HALLOWEEN.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/IR_ALLXX.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/HULK.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/300_LO.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/DK_ALL01.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/wanted_all.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/cloverfield00.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/hboy_set.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/sreturn2.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/sup_doom.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/MARVEL000.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/GRIDER.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/SD_FYE5.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/TF_1.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/FF43.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/xage00/ed_ALL3.jpg

Cardsfan111
12-04-10, 09:39 PM
Wow, xage! Those pictures are impressive...and a little scary at the same time. :D

Travis McClain
12-04-10, 09:41 PM
My OCD Collecting perhaps is more into Collect All Possible Versions there is in US/Canada release.

The latest one that I'm planning to obtain would be All Inception Blu-ray Exclusives this coming Tuesday.

-eek- :bow:

onebyone
12-04-10, 10:04 PM
Xage is the king of OCD collecting. I always love seeing his pictures.

The rest of us are just pretenders.

whotony
12-04-10, 11:34 PM
Xage did you order the Inception Warner exclusive case?

Do you have these in a display or just box them away?

mike07
12-05-10, 12:26 AM
http://www.shamray.com/cdshelf.JPG
Yes, you have to pull a few cases out but I have absolutely no problems finding a title quickly and it's worth the space it saves. You could set it up different ways but for me, I break it down to genres. For any genre, such as Disney, that is too large to search through at a glance I use CD dividers that are cut in half (http://www.amazon.com/Blank-Divider-Section-Separators-Dividers/dp/B000RUQDV8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1291512674&sr=8-3) that act as tabs and indicate the first letter in the title, such as ABC.

Pretty impressive and neat, especially with different DVD case styles. And cheaper than DVD binders, or so I would think. I currently have enough space but if I ever run out or have to move to a smaller place I wouldn't be surprised if I used this storage technique.

What do you do with the original cases and artwork?

Pizza
12-05-10, 10:06 PM
Pretty impressive and neat, especially with different DVD case styles. And cheaper than DVD binders, or so I would think. I currently have enough space but if I ever run out or have to move to a smaller place I wouldn't be surprised if I used this storage technique.

What do you do with the original cases and artwork?
I used to store all the cases in the basement. One day I realized that I'll never switch back (I really hate DVD cases) and threw out the cases bit by bit. I've saved the inserts and artwork.

Yes, I know the idea of throwing out the cases is upsetting to many here and, being a collector, it did feel odd at first. But DVD prices have been dropping so it's not like I'd get much for them anyway and, with that, I don't collect movies just to sell them off. It's the price for added space and it's well worth it for me.

Pizza
12-05-10, 10:11 PM
My OCD Collecting perhaps is more into Collect All Possible Versions there is in US/Canada release.

The latest one that I'm planning to obtain would be All Inception Blu-ray Exclusives this coming Tuesday.


I pity and envy you at the same time. This is why I purposely chose not to be a Beatles collector because the pursuit would be endless. There's a few bands/singers that I do collect in this way and it's been a royal pain and frustration to find stuff.

So, is there a holy grail you're still looking for or are you pretty much covered in the DVD packaging? And which item gave you the biggest thrill when you finally found one?

xage
12-08-10, 06:00 PM
So, is there a holy grail you're still looking for or are you pretty much covered in the DVD packaging? And which item gave you the biggest thrill when you finally found one?

Holy grail would be both SAW Series and Evil Dead Series. The two were the main source of this OCD in me towards Media-Packaging/Edition Collection

DarthVong
12-08-10, 06:12 PM
Xage. I notice you're missing the 2-Disc LE of Halloween (1978) It came with a hologram cover in a double sized case with the extended cut of Halloween (TV version). This (TV Version) was also released individually with a sealed display that had a piece of the actual film inside it.

Sex Fiend
12-08-10, 06:25 PM
Xage. I notice you're missing the 2-Disc LE of Halloween (1978) It came with a hologram cover in a double sized case with the extended cut of Halloween (TV version). This (TV Version) was also released individually with a sealed display that had a piece of the actual film inside it.

Xage: "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! AAAAGGGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!"

(jumps out of tenth story window to his death)

The Valeyard
12-08-10, 07:10 PM
http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/1925/fallpast.jpg

Dick Laurent
10-15-11, 05:12 PM
Dick's picture does a good job of illustrating why I think I'll never go to binders again.

The binders that display disk art/inserts hold what, 40 or so titles each at the most? It would take a bunch of binders to store all of those, and lots of time to peruse them all.

To scan that whole collection to find something to watch would take less than a minute; opening 30 binders and flipping thru all the pages a lot longer. A system like discsox or something like a file system of artwork/sleeves would be faster than binders, but I've never seen one that I like as much as shelves.

Plus, I grab one or a handful of titles to take with me somewhere almost every day. With cases it's easy to do that, but kind of a pain with binders.

So, Trevor, with the move are you still sticking with displaying DVD cases (slim or otherwise)? I just moved recently, and it was a bitch with my DVDs. I'm seriously thinking of going to a binder system, but leaving my fav's in their cases. Just an initial look I could easily get 200 into binders and not really miss them on shelves.

Trevor
10-15-11, 05:28 PM
So, Trevor, with the move are you still sticking with displaying DVD cases (slim or otherwise)? I just moved recently, and it was a bitch with my DVDs. I'm seriously thinking of going to a binder system, but leaving my fav's in their cases. Just an initial look I could easily get 200 into binders and not really miss them on shelves.
As usual, I'm perpetually conflicted on how to store them. I have room at my current place to have almost all of them on display in various bookcases and shelfing spread throughout multiple rooms. My fiancee won't allow that in her townhouse, obviously, as it should be. So I have no idea what I'm going to do. I think I'll be able to display 5 or so bookcases or shelving units, so that will allow all of my family-friendly fare, then rest going in banker's boxes for now, either at a storage site on in the one small room of the townhouse labelled "mine".

I'm tempted to go back to binders for at least the "commons" of the collection, but I really don't know. Change my mind daily. Perhaps a few months after the move I'll have things organized well and have a better handle on just how much I can fit where.

Hopefully our next house will have enough room for me to display everything the way I want it, but that's at least a few years away.

Sympathies on your move Dick. I have barely begun working on my move, and almost come to tears thinking about the amount of the stuff I've jammed in this condo the last 15 years. Find surprises everyday, like a wrapped Christmas gift I forgot to give an old girlfriend 6 years ago.

Dick Laurent
10-15-11, 05:45 PM
Sympathies on your move Dick. I have barely begun working on my move, and almost come to tears thinking about the amount of the stuff I've jammed in this condo the last 15 years. Find surprises everyday, like a wrapped Christmas gift I forgot to give an old girlfriend 6 years ago.

Yeah, it was tougher than I expected. Really made me feel like an A&E Hoarder...

I also had to "emotionally" detach myself from my DVDs, as we had contracted packers/movers take care of everything, and no-one, and I mean NO-one can handle any of my stuff as carefully as I can. I don't care if it's a pillow. So now I just enjoy collecting more for the movies themselves than my collecting of them. Wait, that didn't make sense... I thought about filing claims, but really, a barely visible rub or slightly pushed in corner (or other people’s germs on my stuff) I suppose wouldn't warrant replacement. And then I realized I had to detach myself a bit. That’s when I decided to start considering alternate storage options.

And I consider myself very lucky that my wife lets me decorate the house with my storage anyway I choose (not that your future one wouldn't). But I understand working with what you have, as I’m trying to be proactive about. We've been lucky to have big enough houses, I dread if I move into a small place. Then I'll be hiding stuff as well!

bse
10-15-11, 08:20 PM
You are lucky Dick I'm engaged and we have a 2 1/2 month old, I've found that my space keeps getting smaller and smaller - with all my CDs, sports memorabilia, horror collectables, comics and posters put away in the closet - my DVDs/blu-rays are in the bedroom while my vinyl, books and a few art/sports pieces made it into the living room. We're planning on moving into a house within 18 months or so, I can't wait to have my own space to display everything....I'll feel like I'm a 7 year old getting my first room again. Doesn't help that I just watched the Criterion Cronos blu-ray and seeing Del Toro's Bleak House made my mouth water.

Pizza
10-16-11, 01:52 PM
It is impressive how binders can really compress a collection. But, if you like to physically look through the collection, you're certainly not doing it in a glance. Maybe the solution is filing all your titles in a computer program for browsing? As I stated before, I feel everyone's pain and have settled on slimline CD jewel cases and it's worked out great. I agree with Dick Laurent on having to emotionally detach yourself from the items. I had a hard time at first putting all my DVDs in binders but loved the space. I didn't like how the dual sided DVDs did in the binders and switched to the current CD slim lines. At first it was hard throwing out the DVD cases but it got easier. I saved all the inner sleeves but now I even question that.
And, Trevor, it's also always on my mind how to better store my DVDs. The solutions are not always obvious but through trial and error, the answers appear but I always feel there's a better way.

Dick Laurent
10-16-11, 04:56 PM
You are lucky Dick I'm engaged and we have a 2 1/2 month old, I've found that my space keeps getting smaller and smaller - with all my CDs, sports memorabilia, horror collectables, comics and posters put away in the closet - my DVDs/blu-rays are in the bedroom while my vinyl, books and a few art/sports pieces made it into the living room...

That's a whole other problem for me... I won't compromise my CDs and vinyl, so they take up the majority of the space. I love collecting DVDs, etc., but collecting music was my first love. I'm lucky now to have a living room and family room, with DVDs/home theatre in one, and music, analog listening in the other.

And, Trevor, it's also always on my mind how to better store my DVDs. The solutions are not always obvious but through trial and error, the answers appear but I always feel there's a better way.

:thumbsup:

No major changes for me as of yet. I'm just storing titles in a box until I decide to use binders, spindles, etc. I'm really just trying to concentrate on collectables, unique packs, etc. to stay on display. I'll figure something out soon, or use good 'ole trial and error to get to the solution. But right now, procrastination seems to be the best way to organize...

As you can see, I work with what I have. And it helps to have teenagers as kids that I know won't (usually) knock things over, etc. And who doesn't want to have dinner with their DVDs? :D

kd5
10-16-11, 05:52 PM
I only have 357 DVDs in my collection...

I installed DVD Profiler which turned out to be the easiest method (UPC Code) of getting my collection on my computer, I wish I could show off my collection but I can't afford to shell out $30 to unlock all the features. I don't know what good it will be to me like this, maybe one day an extra $30 will magical appear in my wallet and I can buy it.

Wow, hard for me to imagine that I've added over 200 DVDs to my collection since I wrote that...:eek:

Really glad my wife gave DVD Profiler to me as a Birthday present last year, I really like having my collection cataloged like that.




How I've organized mine:


http://i1113.photobucket.com/albums/k514/kd55/AtoS.jpg

http://i1113.photobucket.com/albums/k514/kd55/12345.jpg (http://s1113.photobucket.com/user/kd55/media/12345.jpg.html)


That 3rd shelf on the 2nd bookcase is full now, getting ready to move on down to the 4th. -kd5-

Dick Laurent
10-16-11, 06:35 PM
How I've organized mine:


A good portion of those look like box-sets, collections. Those should def stay on display. Now those DVDs with the artwork being the same on the disc, and no inserts (or the dreaded "recycle" cases), they are the first ones I'm going to figure out how to "file" another way.

kd5
10-16-11, 08:54 PM
A good portion of those look like box-sets, collections.

There are actually more box sets than what is evident. I have several turned around with the individual DVDs showing as opposed to the box they're in, such as the Indiana Jones Adventure Collection (+ bonus disc), the Planet Of The Apes Legacy Collection, the Species Trilogy (+ bonus disc), the Subspecies Epic Collection, and the Rambo Trilogy Ultimate Edition box set. I'm having a hard time deciding whether to display the box or the DVDs that are in them. -kd5-

milo bloom
10-28-11, 03:21 PM
So we've been purging unwanted titles, and I've put a lot of titles in slim cases, but I still want to get rid of some of the bulk of our collection. So, I'm ready to start tossing some cases and going to binders. First thing will probably be the nuBSG collection book like Bill Hunt did, and then maybe something similar for Star Trek TOS/TAS and maybe TNG. Possibly MST3K (would anybody be interested in the cases if I do that? )

So what are the recommendations for binder pages, and would anybody want to share pics of their binder book efforts? thanks

Viper187
10-28-11, 03:49 PM
With around 1300 DVDs and nearing 300 BDs, I've started merging movie series in multi-disc cases and repackaging TV shows to save space. Aside from saving space, it also frees up the specific type of standard DVD cases I like so I can swap out shit cases. Now that I can pick up multi-disc Viva Elite BD cases, I'm saving even more space. For example, I had the first 2 Transporter movies on DVD and picked up the BD of the 3rd. stuck the cover art for Transporter 3 on a 3-disc case and put all 3 movies in it. Saves space, and they're all in 1 place. I've actually eliminated an entire Sauder #2650 cabinet this way. I still have 5 full ones.

Trevor
10-28-11, 04:42 PM
So we've been purging unwanted titles, and I've put a lot of titles in slim cases, but I still want to get rid of some of the bulk of our collection. So, I'm ready to start tossing some cases and going to binders. First thing will probably be the nuBSG collection book like Bill Hunt did, and then maybe something similar for Star Trek TOS/TAS and maybe TNG. Possibly MST3K (would anybody be interested in the cases if I do that? )
I'd be very interested in any MST3K cases!
So what are the recommendations for binder pages, and would anybody want to share pics of their binder book efforts? thanks
I used some binders in the past, have some pictures of them on DVDTalk somewhere. Will look for them. I'd also love to see others efforts in that area, as I may have to go back to binders.
With around 1300 DVDs and nearing 300 BDs, I've started merging movie series in multi-disc cases and repackaging TV shows to save space. Aside from saving space, it also frees up the specific type of standard DVD cases I like so I can swap out shit cases. Now that I can pick up multi-disc Viva Elite BD cases, I'm saving even more space. For example, I had the first 2 Transporter movies on DVD and picked up the BD of the 3rd. stuck the cover art for Transporter 3 on a 3-disc case and put all 3 movies in it. Saves space, and they're all in 1 place. I've actually eliminated an entire Sauder #2650 cabinet this way. I still have 5 full ones.
I've always wanted to do that, but would hate that the "wrong" cover is on there. So I couldn't sleep without making custom covers. But I'm way too lazy to ever make a custom cover, so I'd never sleep.

Viper187
10-28-11, 04:55 PM
I've always wanted to do that, but would hate that the "wrong" cover is on there. So I couldn't sleep without making custom covers. But I'm way too lazy to ever make a custom cover, so I'd never sleep.

Well, arguably having the cover for the first movie of the series is the next best thing. Like the Die Hard movies. It says Die Hard, and all 4 happen to be in there. Works for me. I don't need it to say Quadrilogy or anything fancy. You could even try folding and overlapping cover art to mimic double feature covers in some cases.

Spottedfeather
10-29-11, 12:43 AM
I suppose that you could slide more than one cover behind the plastic.....

milo bloom
10-29-11, 02:57 PM
One thing I'm looking for in binder pages are the ones that have a space for the inserts or even the folde cover beside it.

Trevor
12-06-11, 12:06 PM
OCD/Hoarding Confession #1

Only slightly DVD related, but I felt like sharing and this thread seemed appropriate.

Going through my years of collected stuff as I move, and finding all sorts of little collecting quirks that a "normal" person would throw away, like DVD demo discs from the 90s and a pile of Criterion catalogs.

One particular little OCD collection of mine is standing out to me, as I struggle with throwing things away. I'm pretty sure that I still have every remote control that I've ever owned. We're talking over a dozen ancient remotes from TVs and audio equipment that has been in landfills since the 1980s. I'm not sure why I save them exactly. Like most of my collections, it's mainly a nostalgia thing. I throw a new no-longer-needed remote in the "remote box" every year or so, and it gives me a minute of pleasure to look through it and recall my old devices. Right now, I'm staring at a remote for a little Phillips 13" TV that I only owned for a few months, and just threw away. The TV was in my condo lobby, free to a good home, and I used it in my spare bedroom/storage room the last half of this year, using it maybe 20 times at the most. I try to throw the remote into the garbage can, but it just won't leave my hand.

As I write this I realize that there probably are a few remotes that have escaped this compulsion and are missing from my collection. And sadly, that thought makes me sad.

AdamGott
12-06-11, 12:11 PM
I put most of my dvds in paper/plastic sleeves and store them in dollar store plastic cd crates. I save the inserts and throw the cases away and this saves me a ton of room. I think that I can put 2000 dvds in the space that used to store about 50 and I can still leaf through them easily (I store them in alphabetical order) and adding new movies is much easier than using binders.

Trevor
12-14-11, 07:33 PM
OCD/Hoarding Confession #2

As the one-time resident exclusive DVD historian, I saved every Best Buy sales flyer. I planned to someday make the list of them here into a really nice database, and thought that scans of the exclusive releases would be nice to have.

I stopped saving the flyers about a year ago, but am still tempted to save them, just in case. Hopefully, I'll resist that urge and they'll join the ~800 video game magazines from the 80s and 90s that I'm tossing out.

My name is Trevor. I'm a hoarder.

mike07
12-16-11, 12:35 PM
OCD/Hoarding Confession #2

As the one-time resident exclusive DVD historian, I saved every Best Buy sales flyer. I planned to someday make the list of them here into a really nice database, and thought that scans of the exclusive releases would be nice to have.

I stopped saving the flyers about a year ago, but am still tempted to save them, just in case. Hopefully, I'll resist that urge and they'll join the ~800 video game magazines from the 80s and 90s that I'm tossing out.

My name is Trevor. I'm a hoarder.
Just in case you run out of toilet paper someday? Ha, that's the only reason I could imagine why anyone would want to save them.
What made you decide to just save the ones from Best Buy? Did you ever work there or something, or own stock in them?

brayzie
12-16-11, 08:29 PM
I wish I still had my videogame magazines from that era: Gamepro, EGM when Sushi-X was a revier, and later Gamefan.

Trevor
12-16-11, 11:21 PM
Just in case you run out of toilet paper someday? Ha, that's the only reason I could imagine why anyone would want to save them.
What made you decide to just save the ones from Best Buy? Did you ever work there or something, or own stock in them?
Just the reason I listed. To have a thorough database of every exclusive with scans of the ad pics/descriptions.

No stock or employment, they just were my introduction to exclusive bonus discs. I actually use to save other store flyers when they had exclusives too, just not as religiously.
I wish I still had my videogame magazines from that era: Gamepro, EGM when Sushi-X was a revier, and later Gamefan.
Just threw away ~700 of mine a few hours ago. It was a little sad. Many I never read, or just glanced through. Always imagined I'd at least thoroughly read each one before tossing, but when you get a few free magazines every day, it's hard to keep up.

kd5
12-18-11, 07:18 AM
Trevor, it's too bad you didn't have more time, I'm sure there are collectors out there who would've been thrilled to learn of your treasure and would've been more than willing to pay $$$ for alot of that stuff, or even just to get it. You call yourself a hoarder, I'd say you were/are a collector, it's a shame that you had/have to throw that stuff away. I only collect vinyl LPs and DVDs, I'm not sure that I'd ever want to part with my collections. I can only imagine how you must feel as you throw that stuff away. -kd5-

Trevor
03-28-12, 01:59 PM
I need to officially admit that I'm a hoarder. Should probably go to a therapist. Might not ever really go to one, but I do recognize that I could use some help or advice. Not sure if this thread is appropriate, or a separate one, but I do feel like DVDTalkers can help me. I know that many of you at least partially understand what I'm going through, and have either changed your hoarding behavior or learned how to work with it at least.

It's hard to imagine getting rid of much of my collections (films, comics, and video games mainly), and I really want all of them to keep growing. But the truth is that I've been out of space for a long time. My wife and I plan to buy an actual house someday, smallish townhouse now, but that may be years away. I have 15' by 10' of storage sites now, mainly holding my 50 plus boxes of DVD exclusives and other stuff that I want to keep, but don't have room for.

The townhouse has one small bedroom devoted to my boxes, about half of it comic boxes floor to ceiling and the other half 50+ bankers boxes of DVDs. The office, bedroom, and living room have a few bookcases/entertainment center/desk each to try to store my "stuff" somewhat neatly; but of course they are overflowing and barely able to handle just certain aspects of my collections.

I don't know what to do. Jen knew I was a hoarder/collector, and that I didn't plan to fully change, but wasn't really prepared for this amount of stuff in her house. She's trying to be patient, but with 60-80 work weeks (including my commute), it's hard for me to make any real progress on getting things organized.

I feel like I need to take drastic steps in how I organize things to save space. I know that many would tell me to get rid of stuff, but that is incredibly hard for me, and I don't think I can do that anytime really soon. For now, I just need to figure out how to best make use of space.

I've tried binders, and moving DVDs to thinpacks, but neither seem to save as much space as I want. And because of my OCD, and the desire to someday have the space to display everything "properly", I need to keep all the original cases.

I'm rambling, but just can't figure out what to do. I'm paying for climate controlled storage sites now, but probably don't need that if I only keep DVDs or cases and non-valuable items in storage, right? The comics were the main reason I went climate controlled, but I actually have almost all of them in the townhouse now.

I'm thinking something extreme, but temporary with the DVDs. Put everything in spindles or maybe 10 DVD cases, with all of the disc art and inserts in plastic page protectors. But how much space would that save? Would 5000 page protectors in binders be a feasible way to browse my collection?

Again, I'm at loss on what to do, but need to do something extreme.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
03-28-12, 02:14 PM
The technique I heard was to put things in a sealed box. If you don't touch anything in it for 6 months or a year, don't open it but just get rid of it. You went that much time without using it, so it's not that useful for you.

milo bloom
03-28-12, 03:06 PM
My collection was never that extensive, but I've had luck by simply getting rid of stuff I don't have that much need for. I dumped 90% of my comics recently (admittedly, only four boxes), I've thinned a lot of crap from DVD collection (like stuff I would buy at video rental stores that were going out of business, or when Gamestop would do "buy 2 get 4 free) stuff that I only bought because I felt like I was getting a bargain but I otherwise would never have purchased.

As for the DVD collectibles, well, I've basically just stopped buying them. The only exception would be something like a steelcase version over a regular case, since it would take the same amount of space on the shelf.

It may not be easy to get started, but once you start unloading things it's really a great feeling.

Trevor
03-28-12, 03:24 PM
Thanks guys. I know that I should get rid of stuff, and I do see the possibility of making drastic changes someday; but I don't think today is that day. I guess a large part of my enjoyment of these hobbies is the process of buying and organizing it. I do enjoy the items themselves, but for me, collecting is the thing. It's always been something; from baseball cards and bottle caps as a kid to all my current things.

For example, I know that I shouldn't want to own every Official Xbox Magazine and DVD from issue #1 to now; but it's hard to imagine not keeping them all forever. When I think it through its crazy, I've barely looked at half of them, and rarely game anymore; but I love the collecting and knowing that I have them all. And that's just one small example, I could list dozens of other small 'collections'.

milo bloom
03-28-12, 03:45 PM
We have a run of EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly) that runs for over ten years or so sitting in boxes in our garage. I have not touched them since putting them there in 2005. As soon as I can move enough of the crap out of the way that's sitting in front of them, they're going to the recycling center, except for the couple of issues that my wife had some freelance articles published in. There's just really no need for the rest. It's old info, and anything important has been reposted to the internet.

Dimension X
03-28-12, 04:34 PM
My wife and I plan to buy an actual house someday, smallish townhouse now, but that may be years away.
Why wait? Pretend a house is a one-of-a-kind exclusive, and buy it now, before it goes OOP and the price goes up.

Travis McClain
03-28-12, 08:34 PM
Trevor, I guess the first question you have to answer is: Are you trying to find a way to keep all your stuff, or are you looking to begin paring down what you have?

LJG765
03-29-12, 01:07 AM
Trevor, it sounds like one of things you'd like to do is to reorganize without getting rid of stuff. If you're able, you might want to look into hiring someone to help you with the organizing. There are people out there that can teach you the best way to store things and whatnot and it seems like that would be a good first step in reclaiming space in your house. I totally understand the collector mindset, having it myself. It's really hard for me not to have EVERY single item in a collection. I get it honestly from my father.

I like organizing things and reordering them and it bugs me when I have a gap in my collection. But I have learned over the years that I don't always need stuff. I've been able to slowly get rid of things I really haven't touched in years. But it's always hard to take the first step to convince yourself that it's not needed anymore.

I doubt I will ever live someplace that's not cluttered though! I doubt I'll ever get rid of my books or movies and a lot of other things that take up lots of space.

Trevor
03-31-12, 10:12 AM
The technique I heard was to put things in a sealed box. If you don't touch anything in it for 6 months or a year, don't open it but just get rid of it. You went that much time without using it, so it's not that useful for you.
I could never do that; but speaking of methods I'm trying to get better about using the OHIO method.

Only Handle It Once.

Instead of putting stuff in piles and waiting to act on mail or emails or packages; you should deal with the item completely thoroughly at that time. Filing it or deleting it or putting it where it needs to be. I'm very good about putting things in bags/piles/boxes to get to "next weekend", then never opening the bag or box again.
My collection was never that extensive, but I've had luck by simply getting rid of stuff I don't have that much need for. I dumped 90% of my comics recently (admittedly, only four boxes), I've thinned a lot of crap from DVD collection (like stuff I would buy at video rental stores that were going out of business, or when Gamestop would do "buy 2 get 4 free) stuff that I only bought because I felt like I was getting a bargain but I otherwise would never have purchased.

As for the DVD collectibles, well, I've basically just stopped buying them. The only exception would be something like a steelcase version over a regular case, since it would take the same amount of space on the shelf.

It may not be easy to get started, but once you start unloading things it's really a great feeling.
Thanks, I am starting to see things I can get rid of. My problem is wanting everything to go to a good home. I don't care about getting any cash for my dozens of old Xbox and Gamecube games, I just want to find a family or something that would really appreciate the games, and not just sell them for a few bucks.
We have a run of EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly) that runs for over ten years or so sitting in boxes in our garage. I have not touched them since putting them there in 2005. As soon as I can move enough of the crap out of the way that's sitting in front of them, they're going to the recycling center, except for the couple of issues that my wife had some freelance articles published in. There's just really no need for the rest. It's old info, and anything important has been reposted to the internet.
Yeah, I do see some hope for me because I have gotten rid of a few one-time "permanent collections" like my hundreds of gaming mags. I went through them and pulled out a few articles and the Hsu and Chan pages, recycling the rest.
Why wait? Pretend a house is a one-of-a-kind exclusive, and buy it now, before it goes OOP and the price goes up.
My wife liked this post.
Trevor, I guess the first question you have to answer is: Are you trying to find a way to keep all your stuff, or are you looking to begin paring down what you have?
I do admit that I prefer to keep almost everything. I'm just looking for tips on consolidating or advice on how to stop buying so much. I'm buying about 20% or less of what I used to buy pre-marriage, but when you're already out of space it's still a problem.
Trevor, it sounds like one of things you'd like to do is to reorganize without getting rid of stuff. If you're able, you might want to look into hiring someone to help you with the organizing. There are people out there that can teach you the best way to store things and whatnot and it seems like that would be a good first step in reclaiming space in your house. I totally understand the collector mindset, having it myself. It's really hard for me not to have EVERY single item in a collection. I get it honestly from my father.

I like organizing things and reordering them and it bugs me when I have a gap in my collection. But I have learned over the years that I don't always need stuff. I've been able to slowly get rid of things I really haven't touched in years. But it's always hard to take the first step to convince yourself that it's not needed anymore.

I doubt I will ever live someplace that's not cluttered though! I doubt I'll ever get rid of my books or movies and a lot of other things that take up lots of space.
I'm amazed at how much I've accumulated in my life, having a fairly mediocre salary all of my life. One thing I've always done is skimp on things like food, clothing, and lodging; pouring all of my spare $ into my collections.

I think a couple extra rooms would be enough to display everything somewhat nicely, but perhaps I'd just fill any new space to overflowing again.

mike07
03-31-12, 11:05 AM
Trevor: What's the size of your spare bedroom? About how many DVDs do you think you own?

What would stop you from building some tall & wide shelves to store them all? Even if this means setting up rows of shelves like an old video store, at least you'll have them set up so you know what you have. And it shouldn't take more than a weekend to do.

Trevor
03-31-12, 11:56 AM
Trevor: What's the size of your spare bedroom? About how many DVDs do you think you own?

What would stop you from building some tall & wide shelves to store them all? Even if this means setting up rows of shelves like an old video store, at least you'll have them set up so you know what you have. And it shouldn't take more than a weekend to do.
Pictures could help I guess, but I think I can describe it thoroughly and briefly enough to give you a good picture.

The spare bedroom that is "my storage" is very small, 10 by 10 if that, no closet either. Right now, I have my 40 or so comic long boxes stacked way too high on one side of the room, and 50 or so bankers boxes of DVDs stacked way too high on the other side. There is a small "corridor" between the two that has misc stuff, but should be empty to allow space to even get to what's stacked on the sides.

My ultimate goal for this room is for it to be entirely comics. All the long boxes stacked more safely, a couple bookcases of graphic novels, some posters, a reading chair perhaps.

So that means I have to find room for everything else I own in shared spaces. We have a fairly small townhouse, 1200 square feet or so iirc. The bottom level is just kitchen and living room and tiny dining room. We have an entertainment center and I can maybe get away with one bookcase down there, so I can store a very small part of my film and game collections, but not much really.

The middle level is Elise's bedroom, laundry room, and a pretty small bedroom used as our office. Here I have most of my "real books" and a computer desk, can maybe store some boxes of DVDs or something in the closet, but not much really.

That "comic book room" and the master bedroom take up the third level, and the bedroom is where I pretty much have to store all of my DVDs. Jen is a saint and has let me put my 10 or so bookcases stacked two high throughout the edges of the bedroom. These bookcases can currently hold all of my TV sets, all of my blu-rays, all the Criterions, and a few other "special collections" like a Godzilla shelf and a couple of MST3K shelves.

Can't imagine where the 50 bankers boxes of my core film collection can fit. Some sort of extreme binder and spindle system seems my best option. I know some similar systems were discussed earlier in this thread iirc, I'll look back on it....

As for how many DVDs, I honestly can only guess. It's got to be at least 5000 titles, but it could be 10,000 I guess if you count my exclusive freebies that I used to hoard.

Dimension X
03-31-12, 02:26 PM
My wife liked this post.
:lol:

Right now, I have my 40 or so comic long boxes stacked way too high on one side of the room, and 50 or so bankers boxes of DVDs stacked way too high on the other side.
How high can you stack long boxes without crushing the bottom boxes? For some reason, I've never stacked them higher than three. I was thinking about going to four so I could put more of mine in my "library," but some of them are really heavy. (I guess if I put some effort into it, I could pick out the heaviest ones and put those on the bottom.)
My ultimate goal for this room is for it to be entirely comics. All the long boxes stacked more safely, a couple bookcases of graphic novels, some posters, a reading chair perhaps.

So that means I have to find room for everything else I own in shared spaces. We have a fairly small townhouse, 1200 square feet or so iirc. The bottom level is just kitchen and living room and tiny dining room. We have an entertainment center and I can maybe get away with one bookcase down there, so I can store a very small part of my film and game collections, but not much really.
Don't set an "ultimate goal" for that room. I was serious in my post about buying a new place sooner rather than later. Summer's coming up, and that would be a good time for your step-daughter to move (so she won't have to start at a new school midway through the year). The three of you should be able to look around and find a bigger place somewhere that will make you all happy (maybe a place that is closer to your job, and not too far from your wife's, so that your commute will be shorter and you can spend more time with the family), and give you a larger personal space/den/man room for more/most/all of your stuff.

Trevor
03-31-12, 03:50 PM
How high can you stack long boxes without crushing the bottom boxes? For some reason, I've never stacked them higher than three. I was thinking about going to four so I could put more of mine in my "library," but some of them are really heavy. (I guess if I put some effort into it, I could pick out the heaviest ones and put those on the bottom.)
I've read, iirc, that 5 high is the limit. I think mine are 6, but maybe just 5. I'm so limited on space right now (to sort boxes still spread all over), that I felt like I had to go that high, hoping that it would be just for a few months.
Don't set an "ultimate goal" for that room. I was serious in my post about buying a new place sooner rather than later. Summer's coming up, and that would be a good time for your step-daughter to move (so she won't have to start at a new school midway through the year). The three of you should be able to look around and find a bigger place somewhere that will make you all happy (maybe a place that is closer to your job, and not too far from your wife's, so that your commute will be shorter and you can spend more time with the family), and give you a larger personal space/den/man room for more/most/all of your stuff.
You're completely logical there, but I'm not sure how feasible that is for me. Even minor change is tough for me, and buying a house seems almost an impossible task. I'm sure we can afford it financially, but their could be a snag on my credit. I have a couple dings from 5-6 years ago from laziness, not ability to pay, and need to figure out how to clear those up. But my to-do list is pages long and I'm pretty overwhelmed with work overtime and this new-found responsibility of husbanding and fatherhood. The thought of buying a house anytime soon makes me want to curl up in a ball and scream.

But seriously, thanks to you and everyone else for the input. I heart you.

Dimension X
03-31-12, 04:41 PM
I've read, iirc, that 5 high is the limit. I think mine are 6, but maybe just 5. I'm so limited on space right now (to sort boxes still spread all over), that I felt like I had to go that high, hoping that it would be just for a few months.
Yeah, I don't know why I've always stopped at three. I figured I could go a lot higher with half-boxes, so I recently ordered some from my long-time comic book supplier (who, judging by the fact that I don't have my boxes yet, has put me way down on his priority list since I quit buying monthly comics). I guess if I get the urge I'll go through some of the stray long boxes in the other rooms, pick the lightest ones and go up to four high. That'll clear out a bunch of my more obvious clutter.

You're completely logical there, but I'm not sure how feasible that is for me. Even minor change is tough for me, and buying a house seems almost an impossible task. I'm sure we can afford it financially, but their could be a snag on my credit. I have a couple dings from 5-6 years ago from laziness, not ability to pay, and need to figure out how to clear those up.
I know where you're coming from; years ago, I had a lot of late payments because I would throw bills to the side and forget about them. It's easier to stay on top of them now that I can have almost everything charged to my credit card and just pay it off online each month (plus I get cash back).

GenPion
04-04-12, 01:43 PM
Why wait? Pretend a house is a one-of-a-kind exclusive, and buy it now, before it goes OOP and the price goes up.

Can I find this on Amazon? Where's it exclusive? Link please. :)

mrpeavey
04-07-12, 06:13 PM
But seriously, thanks to you and everyone else for the input. I heart you.

I've been reading this exchange started by Trevor with some interest, as I completely understand where he's coming from.

This would be my own advice. Two things I've done that have helped me save space without - technically - getting rid of items are . . .

[1] Switching to blu-ray. The cases are shorter and thinner, and more often than not, significant extras are ported over from the standard discs. Every now and then, too, are little bonuses. For instance, when I replaced my Thirteen Ghosts DVD with the blu-ray, not only was the case smaller but it also came with a second blu-ray disc of The House of Wax. Plus, it was one less of those old-school snapper cases that I never liked.

[2] Go through your collection and identify titles that have since been repackaged. I'd suggest starting with Warner Brothers DVDs. How many individual single disc titles have been re-released under the 4 Film Favorites line? These tend to retain extras, and the content of 4 DVD cases are now housed in 1 case. This was great for me when I substituted most of my Nightmare on Elm Street discs for the 4 Film Favorites editions. Also, a lot of older TV series season sets in cardboard containers have now been repackaged in much thinner plastic cases. Frasier is a good example.

In either case, as long as you've been careful with the discs, you can sell the ones you've replaced as "like new" online. You can still cash in on Ebay with large lots if you don't want to waste time listing and sending stuff individually. It's surprising how a dedicated approach to replacing titles can save space for a large collection like yours.

That'sAllFolks
04-13-12, 01:13 PM
Though you say the money does not enter into it, with me it does. I have blind bought alot of stuff over the years ... most of it I have never gotten to. With so much going OOP, I have sold off some blind buys when the price hit 40-50 bucks. Very few movies are worth that much to me and I know if I do open it, the selling price will drop as much as 80%. Some of these have even been re-released. I don't sell everything that is OOP and expensive (I own 2 copies of the Anchor Bay Greatest American Hero Tin set), but for marginal purchases, I do get rid of them. Even if you have opened it, weigh the value to whether you really want it against the value / problems with storage. BUT THAT IS MY OWN PERSONALCHOICE OF HOW I DEAL WITH IT.


ABOVE ALL, DO NOT BE CONDEMENTED ABOUT YOUR CHOICES. EVERY ONE on this board has some perimeter that they choose not to cross. With some, they only buy stuff they REALLY WANT and will sell off what they haven't touched in six months. With some, they buy almost everything and every variation that is connected to their favorite movie. With some they have to own every Criterion,Midnite Movie or Troma.

WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE, just rest in your choices and dont assign psychological diseases that some doctor somewhere has made up because he believes it is out of the norm.


It might even go a long way to getting you that new house!

Trevor
08-07-12, 12:15 PM
How much of a tax deduction can one get for donating DVDs to Goodwill, etc?

wishbone
08-07-12, 12:45 PM
How much of a tax deduction can one get for donating DVDs to Goodwill, etc?http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/8323/dvdsa.jpg

"Assume the following items are in good condition and remember:  prices are only estimated values."

http://www.goodwill.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Donation_Valuation_Guide.pdf

If it's a significant number then you should probably consult an accountant.

SterlingBen
08-07-12, 01:06 PM
OCD/Hoarding Confession #1
of mine is standing out to me, as I struggle with throwing things away. I'm pretty sure that I still have every remote control that I've ever owned. We're talking over a dozen ancient remotes from TVs and audio equipment that has been in landfills since the 1980s. I'm not sure why I save them exactly. Like most of my collections, it's mainly a nostalgia thing.

Buy a shadow box and a hot glue gun and you have an interesting wall piece.

milo bloom
08-19-12, 11:40 AM
Does anyone know where I can get just a few pages for a Mainstay brand DVD binder? They're just plain white pages holding four discs per side. I only need four more pages to finish my MST3K collection.

tks

mrcory
08-22-12, 08:29 PM
Trevor,

Although I may not post a lot on these boards I'd like to say that buying a house is amazing. I was a little scared at first, but I love it.
You can get so much more room and do whatever you please with your space. I would suggest if you can to find a house with a basment. They are typically wide open and have tons of room for storage.
You could buy rolling shelves that are on a track and save a ton of room for that stuff you want to keep but access often. Or you could build shelves however deep you needed and display all your stuff. Ou could even dedicate certain spaces in the basement to different types of collections so everything is organized and easy to access without taking up "live able" space.

Just my $.02

Trevor
08-23-12, 10:15 AM
Thanks to mrpeavey and DimensionX and everyone else posting here. I'm slowly buying less and getting things organized, but still have a lot of work to do.
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/8323/dvdsa.jpg

"Assume the following items are in good condition and remember:  prices are only estimated values."

http://www.goodwill.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Donation_Valuation_Guide.pdf

If it's a significant number then you should probably consult an accountant.
Thanks! Once I'm done I'll probably have at least 1000 DVDs to dump, but hope to sell/give most of those to local friends. The stuff I can't get rid of, less than 100 hopefully, I'll probably donate.
Buy a shadow box and a hot glue gun and you have an interesting wall piece.
That's a good idea.
Trevor,

Although I may not post a lot on these boards I'd like to say that buying a house is amazing. I was a little scared at first, but I love it.
You can get so much more room and do whatever you please with your space. I would suggest if you can to find a house with a basment. They are typically wide open and have tons of room for storage.
You could buy rolling shelves that are on a track and save a ton of room for that stuff you want to keep but access often. Or you could build shelves however deep you needed and display all your stuff. Ou could even dedicate certain spaces in the basement to different types of collections so everything is organized and easy to access without taking up "live able" space.

Just my $.02
Thanks mrcory! I know I should, but I'm sort of afraid that with more space I'll just let myself stay out of control, and just have a basement full of boxes. Better than two storage sites full of boxes perhaps, but still....

Right now, my current plan is to put up floor to ceiling elfa shelving on one wall of my bedroom, about 14 feet. With pruning and compaction methods, that may someday fit my entire collection. I may start this project next week actually.

Mattflix
08-23-12, 03:17 PM
I'm way late to this discussion but wanted to participate :banana:

I've got about 1300 total DVD's, which I thought was a lot but I seem to have met my match here. I have a small 2-bedroom condo, and the collection is in the 2nd bedroom, which has become a weird library/gym/den thing. They're in three full wall units that I got from Office Depot. I've just slightly outgrown the shelves by 20 or so discs, which I have stacked on top of the third shelf.

I've got them split into categories:

Movie Boxed Sets & TV Seasons - I try to keep them from mixing, and I try to keep them alphabetized, but my priority with this part of the collection is to optimize my space. These are larger so they tend to leave odd gaps if you try to keep them in perfect order. I don't buy sets frequently anymore, and I'm out of space, so I try to remove the gaps.

Anime - I've got about a row or so with anime shows & movies. I don't group by genre normally but these feel like their own flavor. Plus I had a big anime phase for a while.

Blu-Rays - I mostly keep these in their own section.

Concert & Standup Comedy DVD's - It's a rare mood that I pull these out. I only have a dozen or so. Hell if I can even remember the titles. So I have these together, in order by the last name of the artist. So for example George Carlin: Jammin' in New York would go under C.

Criterions - I've got about 40 of these, sorted by spine #

DVD Movies - Just about everything else is together mostly alphabetically, about 2/3 of the collection.

Within the movies, I make exception to the alphabetical rule by keeping franchises together. So Hannibal can be found under S right behind Silence of the Lambs. Usually if I watch one entry of a franchise I'll go through all of them. Likewise if I have a Blu-Ray of a sequel, I'll put them together in this area. Same with multiple versions of a movie.

Games - About 1/3 of the last shelf holds my video game collection. It's mostly DVD-shaped stuff like Playstation games and such, but there are a few older cartridge games there too.

On top of these shelves go any elaborate movie sets that I want to display, such as the Blade Runner Case set, the Battlestar Gallactica Cylon head set, etc.

And finally I have a couple dozen DVD's with cast member autographs on them. I go to area autograph shows and book signings. These are displayed in shadowboxes on the walls above the units. I don't watch them, so I take the discs out and put them in blank labelled cases with the movie collection.

Dick Laurent
08-23-12, 05:53 PM
I know I should, but I'm sort of afraid that with more space I'll just let myself stay out of control, and just have a basement full of boxes. Better than two storage sites full of boxes perhaps, but still....

With my latest move (third in a couple years) I'm trying a new tactic, and that's moving into a smaller house with half the storage and no garage. I'm hoping this will force me to downsize my own hoard. I still can't seem to part with my LD player, though, or my four boxes of VHS, or my three "back-up" receivers... Hmmmm, gotta get to work before the packers get here next week. (But there are two storage facilities within a mile of my new house, just in case I break)


Criterions - I've got about 40 of these, sorted by
spine #

Do you sort by spine with DVD/BD mixed? I go back and forth on that. Right now I'm DVD by spine then BD by spine. Looks more pleasing to the eye that way.


And finally I have a couple dozen DVD's with cast member autographs on them. I go to area autograph shows and book signings. These are displayed in shadowboxes on the walls above the units. I don't watch them, so I take the discs out and put them in blank labelled cases with the movie collection.

This all sounds great. Would love to see a pic!

Mattflix
08-24-12, 09:18 AM
Do you sort by spine with DVD/BD mixed? I go back and forth on that. Right now I'm DVD by spine then BD by spine. Looks more pleasing to the eye that way.



This all sounds great. Would love to see a pic!

I do mix the Criterion DVD's & BD's. I agree that they look odd with the different-shaped boxes, but I guess I want them together by theme rather than by format.

Mixed amongst by regular BD's I also have some previously-viewed BD's I got from blockbuster, and what they do is take the BD's and put them into DVD cases with blue covering. It looks terrible having these taller cases, but I had to choose to save some cash so I could get some more movies.


I'll try to post a pic at some point, thanks!

Spottedfeather
08-24-12, 04:23 PM
I've got about 1300 total DVD's, which I thought was a lot but I seem to have met my match here.

There may be people that have more, but Coolduder on youtube has one of the biggest dvd collections that I've ever seen. Personally, I have 454 titles at 989 discs. Coolduder has over 3000 dvds and blu-rays.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
08-24-12, 04:54 PM
About 14,500 titles over here.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
08-24-12, 07:15 PM
So I'm in the middle of getting all my new stuff, and the floaters, on shelves. I'm down to the M's and then realize I have a small pile of about 6 movies that I forgot to pickup. 4 of them are letters I passed, so I work my way back. Why is it that there always seems to be some box set at the end of a row, which turns me trying to fit in 4 movies into moving half a shelf, row to row, because I just need to add one movie but there's a 6 disc box set at the end? I don't seem to recall being able to add something new and have a nice big empty space to put stuff into. It's always the other way around.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
08-24-12, 07:42 PM
And in a cruel twist of fate, I get to the 'S' section and pull out a box set containing a movie that starts with 'A', that I put in the 'A' section. At one point, moving that one movie had me shifting 10 DVDs along the shelves and it finally stopped at 'H'.

WOODPRODUCTIONS
08-25-12, 10:27 AM
This is the least of my worries. Due to time constraints because of my job and other life commitments etc. My collection does not come close to the mass collections some people have here. With these time constraints I use a lot of discretion in my purchases, mainly trying to fit them into my schedule for viewing. As much as I admire the large collections folks have here, the beauty with my situation is that there is PLENTY of room for expansion. :) Great ideas in this thread to plan accordingly for the future as my collection continues to grow.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
08-25-12, 10:26 PM
I have finally put every DVD on a shelf, not including some box sets that will go on top somewhere. I still have some of the discs out from those Mill Creek 50 movie packs I need to return to their sets. My next task will be to catalog my new blu-ray purchases and hopefully fit those on shelves. Than I need to walk the shelves and figure out what titles made it to the shelves before getting cataloged. I know there's a bunch, especially the kid stuff. I also need to remove the titles I've sold off or currently trying to get rid of, from my database. Finally, I need to clean up my binders and start putting new stuff in the spaces of things I've gotten rid of.

That's the order I plan on doing things but the closer to the end, the less of a priority it is for me. Doing 30 binders of 200+ discs in each one is going to be a pain.

When all is said and done, I'm probably just under 15,000 movies.

Trevor
09-03-12, 11:42 AM
I'm not sure what happened, but I've actually been working on getting my stuff cleaned out and organized the last couple of weeks. I had two storage sites near my old place in Virginia, and after 8 months of not visiting them, I did some major work. I took a car load of stuff to the trash, two car loads to Goodwill, and a car load to our house. With that and some major Tetris skills, I was able to consolidate the two storage sites into one. That $90 a month in savings will go straight into my midlife crisis sportscar fund.

I've also been working on completely changing my DVD organization. Let me get some pics together, back in a few.

Trevor
09-03-12, 12:16 PM
When I moved in with Jen, I made the largest wall in our bedroom my DVD wall. I put up ten or so random ratty old bookcases, stacked and poorly organizing a good chunk of my collection. Here are a couple of pics that accidentally showed a bit of my hodgepodge wall of DVDs.

http://i903.photobucket.com/albums/ac231/TrevorWilliams88/064.jpg
http://i903.photobucket.com/albums/ac231/TrevorWilliams88/030.jpg

I decided that this display was too ragtag for Jen to have too see every day, and moved the bookcases out to other rooms, mainly my "junk room" for my books and graphic novels and CDs. For the bedroom and my DVDs, I decided to bite the bullet and buy some Elfa shelving during The Container Store's 25% off sale. I'm the least handy man in the world, and discovered halfway though that my bedroom is a bit crooked; so to keep the standards off the floor trim I have one shelf slightly skewed. But overall, I did about as well as I could hope. I now have ~14' of floor to ceiling shelving; ten rows.

http://i903.photobucket.com/albums/ac231/TrevorWilliams88/73CB77CD-0CBD-4C44-A3D0-DAD490CD906C-10416-000009ED833BF226.jpg

Took a break to post this, but now I'll go fill that 140' with BDs and DVDs. I hope it will fit about half of my collection, "the good stuff", with the remaining bulk titles going into binders perhaps.

Pizza
09-03-12, 04:51 PM
Took a break to post this, but now I'll go fill that 140' with BDs and DVDs. I hope it will fit about half of my collection, "the good stuff", with the remaining bulk titles going into binders perhaps.

If it isn't "good stuff" why keep it?
I consider all my stuff "good." Like I said before somewhere, best decision I made was dumping the DVD cases and switching to slimline CD cases. Solved so many of my problems. I tried the binder thing, it really compressed the space the DVDs take but was hard on flippers plus difficult to rotate titles around the way I like. I knew I had to either go with some kind of numbering system for filing or start all over. I started all over and been happy.

Cute cat by the way.

Trevor
09-03-12, 06:10 PM
If it isn't "good stuff" why keep it?
I consider all my stuff "good." Like I said before somewhere, best decision I made was dumping the DVD cases and switching to slimline CD cases. Solved so many of my problems. I tried the binder thing, it really compressed the space the DVDs take but was hard on flippers plus difficult to rotate titles around the way I like. I knew I had to either go with some kind of numbering system for filing or start all over. I started all over and been happy.

Cute cat by the way.
Yeah, I think everything I own is good too, but with ~10,000 films/seasons, I can't possibly display it all. My hope is that between this 13.5' of shelving and a few other bookcases, I can display most of my 'subset' collections (MST3K, Godzilla, Criterion, Peanuts, Adult Swim, horror, Muppets, blu-rays, Disney, etc). Then the normal DVDs that don't belong to any subset, 40 bankers boxes labeled A to Z, can be bindered or something.

slop101
09-03-12, 06:10 PM
I'm in the process of "tossing" a little more than half my collection, mostly DVDs but also good deal of blu-rays. By whittling it down from over 2K of stuff I like to just under 1K of stuff I love, I feel it'll be a collection even more specific to me.

And by "tossing" I mean giving away to friends, selling what's sell-able, and giving the rest to the library/goodwill.

LJG765
09-03-12, 08:11 PM
Trevor-you make my fingers itch to help you organize! I love to rearrange stuff and make it look nice. I don't have enough space to do it a lot with mine but I love figuring out how to place things and in what order to do it in. I odd, I know. Then, of course, that only applies to my collections (books, movies, music...) not the rest of my life. :) That big wall of shelves makes me want one of my own. I don't have near what you do-around 1,000-so it'd be good enough to shelve all of mine, I think. Been looking around for cheap ways to build shelves, but I don't have any money right now to play with.

mickey65
09-04-12, 07:16 AM
My collection is not quite as extensive as a few of you fellas here. I probably have close to 3,000.

My OCD way of organising my collection is by genre. All the mobster films together, then cops/police action, to prison flicks. Also have a section for war movies, sci-fi, rom-com, etc. You get the picture.

I have it all set up like that so I can select something I'm in the "mood" for. Plus (to me) it's kind of cool seeing all my movies blended together and how they are all set up in separate genres and "related" to one another.

I also have a few binders of burned discs (movies burned from video tapes I've bought for a $1 or less at thrift store). If that movie is a "related" in some way to another, I'll match them together by putting the burned disc in a paper sleeve and putting it inside with the other DVD that is on the shelf. One of example I can think of on the top of my head is Nicolas Cage - "Leaving Las Vegas" and his "Honeymoon in Vegas". Or "EDTV" and "The Truman Show". There's plenty of others I've matched up.

Or I've burned DVDs that are part of "sets" of movies too.

You get the point. I know that sounds odd, but I like it.

Mattflix
09-04-12, 10:10 AM
For those with the larger collections, how can you find the time to watch all of them? Again, I've got 1300 DVD's and I feel like that's too much because I'll never watch them all. At one a day, if I were to try to watch everything, it would take me 4 years to go through everything. As of now, I've purged everything that I can't see myself watching again. And anything I do buy is going to be something that I truly loved. So no more blind purchases, or even just buying stuff that I merely "like" on the cheap. So my collection ends up being truly good movies.

No disrespect intended or anything, but how can you manage this for collections of 3k-10k?

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
09-04-12, 11:11 AM
Watch stuff as you get them, or at least shortly after. A large collection may also be the result of small purchases over a long period of time. I've been collecting movies for a couple of decades, so I've had a decent amount of time to amass a large collection.

LJG765
09-04-12, 11:14 PM
I look at it as now I don't have to worry about something not being available when I want to watch it. I've also probably spent less buying than many people do renting. Plus, I'm not the only one watching, so if you compare that with how much you'd spend going out to a movie with staying home, I do a lot better money wise buying than anything else.

Pizza
09-05-12, 09:56 AM
For those with the larger collections, how can you find the time to watch all of them? Again, I've got 1300 DVD's and I feel like that's too much because I'll never watch them all. At one a day, if I were to try to watch everything, it would take me 4 years to go through everything. As of now, I've purged everything that I can't see myself watching again. And anything I do buy is going to be something that I truly loved. So no more blind purchases, or even just buying stuff that I merely "like" on the cheap. So my collection ends up being truly good movies.

No disrespect intended or anything, but how can you manage this for collections of 3k-10k?
The horror challenge is coming up soon. Join in and burn through part of your collection.

I'm in the process of "tossing" a little more than half my collection, mostly DVDs but also good deal of blu-rays. By whittling it down from over 2K of stuff I like to just under 1K of stuff I love, I feel it'll be a collection even more specific to me.

And by "tossing" I mean giving away to friends, selling what's sell-able, and giving the rest to the library/goodwill.
I'm betting you'll regret it.

Mattflix
09-05-12, 10:19 AM
I look at it as now I don't have to worry about something not being available when I want to watch it. I've also probably spent less buying than many people do renting. Plus, I'm not the only one watching, so if you compare that with how much you'd spend going out to a movie with staying home, I do a lot better money wise buying than anything else.

I can definitely understand and agree with that. But still, as the number of movies you genuinely enjoy grows, they start to take priority over one another. So if I'm going to rewatch a movie, I'm more inclined to rewatch something that I loved as opposed to something that I only like, so I think those movies naturally get pushed lower in the totem pole.

So if you've got hundreds of A+ movies at your disposal, why would you ever watch a C- movie again? There are enough great movies to go around, so I figure flush the rest out of the collection. Even though that's my approach to my collection, I still have more movies than I know what to do with them.


It's a space thing and a money thing. If I only had a small collection, it might be worth it to buy something I'm not so into on the cheap. But at this point it's not worth spending anything on a movie, even if I find it for a dollar at a garage sale, if going forward it'll never get play in the future. Also at this point if I'm really aching to see it I can always Netflix the disc or pay $2 to stream it. But that's not worth buying an array of discs to have at my disposal IMHO.

slop101
09-05-12, 10:26 AM
I'm betting you'll regret it.Why?

I tend to forget about the stuff I get rid of.

starseed1981
09-05-12, 01:07 PM
I'm in the process of "tossing" a little more than half my collection, mostly DVDs but also good deal of blu-rays. By whittling it down from over 2K of stuff I like to just under 1K of stuff I love, I feel it'll be a collection even more specific to me.

And by "tossing" I mean giving away to friends, selling what's sell-able, and giving the rest to the library/goodwill.

I went thru the same process recently and its interesting because I'm actually liking my collection quite abit more since I've whittled it down 75%. It doesn't feel so overwhelming.

Spiderbite
09-05-12, 01:48 PM
I went thru the same process recently and its interesting because I'm actually liking my collection quite abit more since I've whittled it down 75%. It doesn't feel so overwhelming.

Totally agree. I went thru my collection several years ago and removed a ton of stuff. I still try to go thru my collection every so often and remove stuff that I am not watching. I definitely appreciate my smaller collection more than when I had a ton of movies and would sometimes see stuff and ask myself, "Why the hell do I own that?"

As someone else said above, it seems to make the collection more personal.

Viper187
09-05-12, 02:58 PM
Totally agree. I went thru my collection several years ago and removed a ton of stuff. I still try to go thru my collection every so often and remove stuff that I am not watching. I definitely appreciate my smaller collection more than when I had a ton of movies and would sometimes see stuff and ask myself, "Why the hell do I own that?"

As someone else said above, it seems to make the collection more personal.

When I have discs I don't want now, like when I upgrade from DVD to blu and the DVD release was fullscreen/flipper/otherwise shitty, or I need a 2disc case for sometihng and want to drop a pointless bonus disc... I'm just throwing them on a 100-disc spindle in my desk drawer. You know, the kind blank discs come in. Saves some space and they're still there should I ever feel the need to look them up. I also have a spindle with all the digital copy discs I pull from the BDs I buy, since I consider them utterly useless. Half are probably expired anyway by now. lol