I stopped sorting my DVD collection into any logical order after buying my 300th disc. After upgrading my player and buying 95 blu-ray discs, I stopped organizing my movies period. I was a film fan at a creative, logistical crossroads. Every time I wanted to pop in an old Hammer horror film or that obscure independent science fiction film, I’d have to wade through and browse hundreds – then thousands of boxes. It ate up my time and energy. You want to watch your movies, not act as a Blockbuster clerk to find them.
No matter how big, wide ranging or comprehensive a film collection may be, you can’t really enjoy it to its fullest if it’s too unwieldy to utilize efficiently. What’s the extreme film lover to do? Start by throwing away the disc cases.
Case Cast Away
Throw away those nifty boxes that have so effectively protected your hard won movie investment for so long now? That’s right. Believe it or not, those boxes are part of what’s holding back the full enjoyment of your film collection. Boxes look great on a shelf displaying the movie poster or original artwork, but fact is they take up way too much space for efficient browsing. But that’s only the beginning.
Taking your movies on a road trip? Well, there’s always the option of buying those travel cases to fit a dozen or so CD’s or DVDs – media discs of all types. That’s a start to better enjoying a disc based media collection. The only problem with those cases is they store too little and probably are a bit flimsy. They don’t protect discs enough for a permanent storage solution for the big film collection.
The answers is the larger cases sold by such companies as Memorex. These storage binders can store upwards of 120 to even over 300 discs. The cases aren’t expensive – starting at around $25 – and they are sturdy and strong enough to support and protect even a large DVD investment. There’s another benefit to tossing those boxes. When it comes time to move, a hugely heavy movie collection fits into a few storage binders – saving your dozens of boxes and strain to put on that U-Haul.
What’s most fun and efficient when utilizing such a system is the speed at which one can browse for a movie. Scanning over the spines of dozens or hundreds of DVD boxes on a shelf wears one down. With the binder holder approach, one simply flips pages of sleeves holding the discs and it speeds up the process considerably.
DVDs, CD’s and Blu-Ray discs still hold a great majority of our precious digital media for a big portion of movie and music fans. By tossing away those annoying jewel boxes, snap cases or keep cases, you can lighten the load on your media collection and help maximize and expedite the search for the perfect flick to put on for the evening’s viewing enjoyment.