...because home doesn't happen overnight.

I’m trying to reduce our stuff this year.  To start out on the right foot, I decided to tackle something small scale before moving onto more chaotic messes. {Namely our basement.  Gulp.}  Our boys received a few new movies, Wii games and music CD’s for Christmas, and the bins in our entertainment console were beginning to overflow.  Handy Hubby had the grand idea to take everything out of their original cases and organize them into folders.  Brilliant.  A trip to Walmart for three $2 zippered CD cases {we already had one on hand} and I was in business.  First, I whittled down the collection to only those items that we still watch, play and listen to.  Then I emptied every single movie {only 2 of them were non-G-rated}, Wii game and CD from its packaging…

…slipped them into corresponding folders {Layne even helped!} and labeled each folder with a silver Sharpie…

I had an inkling to alphabetize everything, but, let’s be honest, my 3-year-old isn’t going to put stuff back in alphabetical order.  And that’s the whole point…to give the boys {and Handy Hubby and I} a quick and easy way to put things away.  So, I nixed the A-Z idea.  Our entertainment console is breathing a little easier.

I am too.  Especially since this little organization project only took about 15 minutes and cost $6.

PS – I still need to find a green way to get the empty packages off my hands.  I tried donating them to our local library, but it’s a small library that doesn’t carry movies so they wouldn’t accept the movie cases.  Any ideas from the peanut gallery?

images:  all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

16 Comments

13.January.2011

I did that years ago with our DVDs. I threw out all our cases. I loved the extra space, but it really sucked when I tried to sell the ones I no longer watched at a rummage sale.

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13.January.2011

I have no ideas for getting rid of them. But, you may want to save the Wii ones if you would ever want to trade them for other games at gamestop…

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13.January.2011

Sell them on eBay! You’d be surprised what people will purchase. Or, list them as “free” items on Craigslist.

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13.January.2011

I have found that my local recycling will take the empty cd cases. You can google it or contact your local recycling center and ask.

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13.January.2011

We did the same thing with our DVD’s. We kept the cases though. We figured one day we might want to sell/donate/pass on some of them and we would need the cases. We put them in storage bins.

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13.January.2011

We got rid of a bunch of cases by tossing them out with the recycling a little while ago, but our recycling takes almost everything, which I think is pretty rare. Maybe someone would want them for a craft project if you posted on Craigs list or Etsy supplies.

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I donated our empty cd and game cases to game stop. They use them when they sell games 2nd hand.

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replied on January 13th, 2011

Allison – Thanks for the heads up! I’m calling the nearest GameStop.

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13.January.2011

Great idea!!! I’m going out to get these cases tonight!

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13.January.2011

Good to know about Gamestop! If that doen’t work…Do you have a freecycle group in your area? I listed some up on the message board and arranged for them to come by and picked it up. Craigslist would work too.

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13.January.2011

This is such a smart idea. Can’t wait to see how you organize the basement.

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14.January.2011

Here in South Africa we have places that recycle the plastic in the cases for making PVC pipes and things. Maybe there is a place like that in your town?

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21.January.2011

For the CD cases you could create mini-CD calendars with pictures of kiddies to give as gifts. I’ve made them before using up some CD cases I had.

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replied on January 22nd, 2011

Susan – What a unique idea!

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21.January.2011

I think Best Buy has bins now too for DVD and CD cases, usually in the entrance where you can recycle nk and batteries too!

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24.January.2011

I got rid of my CD cases on Freecycle!

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