In the chapter, “Organize Your Books, CDs & DVDs”, I agree with Jennifer’s thoughts about how a large collection of books, CDs and DVDs can be visually disturbing and overwhelming. She recommends keeping your organization of these items consistent and to use attractive storage. I completely agree with her. When my boyfriend and I moved in together, we had to merge all of our belongings together and figure out a good plan of organizing our books, CDs and DVDs. Please take a look at our interpretation of Jennifer’s ideas. I hope that you get inspired and the ideas will help make your home more organized.
Jennifer helps by outlining the following goals:
- Gather all of your books, CDs and DVDs from around your house and vehicle
- Check to make sure each case contains the correct CD or DVD
- Sort through your books, CDs and DVDs and make the following four piles:
- Toss, keep, sell/donate, borrowed from someone else
- Throw away the Toss pile and make arrangements to donate or sell items
- Schedule time to return borrowed items
- Divide the Keep books by size. Clean off your bookshelves
- Sort and organize your CDs and keep in one area of your home
- Sort and organize your DVDs and keep in one area of your home
We purchased the Expedit Shelving Unit at Ikea ($140) for our office. We like the ability to customize the use of this shelving unit/bookcase. We purchased the Expedit Insert with 2 drawers ($25) and two Knipsa Seagrass Baskets ($17 each) to help organize our belongings.
We have organized our books into different categories. Below you can see that we grouped this series together. I love the colors. Makes me smile.
Below you can see that we grouped this series together. Books that make you keep the lights on when you go to sleep.
Below is a picture of some of my photo albums along with boxed DVDs and celebrity books.
My boyfriend has a big collection of CDs. He took out the CDs and album information from the plastic CD cases and threw them out. We store the CDs in Kassett Box with lid from Ikea ($4/2 pack).
CDs organized in Ikea Kassett Box with Lid – inside view. We also have a big collection of DVDs. Therefore, we did the same thing that we did with the CDs, we threw out all of the DVD cases. We bought the Targus CityGear 320 Capacity CD/DVD Album Case and slid them in the protective plastic DVD compartments. You can buy one just like it on Amazon.com.
In an attempt to keep organized with what I am currently reading, such as, magazines and books, I place them in my L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag in the living room when I am home and take out whatever I’d like to read. When I go out, I bring my tote bag with me in case I have a chance to read. I love, love, love my monogrammed L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag!
During this challenge, I found that you really have to figure out your habits and devise a plan that will suit your organizational needs. Then once you figure out that plan, go out and buy your organizational tools/systems. We love Ikea. Ikea is modern in their thinking about how people actually live nowadays. Their pieces are affordable and stylish. You can keep their pieces the way they come or you can really dress them up by adding your own touches. There are so many ways to use their furniture to help organize your life on a budget. Using Jennifer’s tips and ideas for this week’s challenge helped so much. It helped me to focus on keeping what we really love and need and then getting rid of the things that we really didn’t want. We love books, magazines, music and movies so we had a lot. All of these items can “over take” the house if you’re not careful. I’m thankful for Jennifer’s challenge this week. It’s so nice having the books, CDs and DVDs organized.
***Please also check out the amazing women who are also participating in the 12 Week Organize Now! Challenge: Jennifer @ Mother Thyme, Bonnie @ House of Grace, Pamela @ the dayton time and Michelle @ Eamich ***