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Organize Your Media
Approximate time: 1 to 6 hours (depends on how many DVDs and CDs you own and how quickly you can alphabetize)
Materials needed: Cleaning supplies, box for recyclables, box for VHS tapes you'll have transferred to newer technologies, storage baskets/boxes, CD/DVD storage binders
Tip: Take some shots along the way to remember all of the crazy Betamax or ridiculous home video topics that used to hog valuable storage space.
Dive in. Empty all of those drawers and shelves. Do you even own a VCR that will play those tapes anymore? Even if you do, will you ever watch them again?
Clean. Wipe down all the shelves and the insides of the drawers.
If the whole binder thing is not for you, find a way to organize and store your DVDs in their cases. Consoles with drawers and baskets are a good way to do this.
Plan for the Long Term
If you still feel unsatisfied after this clean-out, you may want to shop for a new console or a media armoire, or plan for some built-in shelves and cabinets.
Plan 1: Built-ins. These built-ins were designed around the TV. Note that cabinets for components such as cable boxes and DVD players get hot and should have ventilation. You'll also want to plan for plugs.
When it comes to media storage, include drawers and shelves that will fit the way you store things. If you're a binder person, create shelves around their height measurements. If you cannot let go of those DVD cases, plan for drawers or shelves that will accomodate DVD baskets or boxes.
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Reward: Pick a favorite movie you've unearthed, throw some popcorn in the microwave and pick up some Milk Duds — you're having a movie night. Personally, I'm going to have a Darrin's Dance Groove party.