Day 11: CD's or DVD's {31 Days of Easy Decluttering} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 11: CD's or DVD's {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Friday, October 11, 2013

Day 11: CD's or DVD's {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project

Today we're decluttering CD or DVD collections.  If you don't have very many in either collection you can do both. But I'm guessing most of us will only be able to tackle either CD's or DVD's today.

CD's and DVD's can take up a lot of space on shelves or in entertainment units.  Many people are moving to digital entertainment, but others like displaying their large collections that they've taken years to build.  Chances are though, you've got some CD's or DVD's that you no longer need, use, love, or have the space to store, which makes them clutter.

Easy Decluttering Steps

Throughout the series, you'll follow these steps to complete each daily task.  {Don't forget to take before and after pictures to share too!}

Note: The main purpose of this series is to declutter so don't get overwhelmed doing too much cleaning.  Once your house is less cluttered it will be easier to clean so you can always come back and do it later!

Also, if you have the time, you can organize the space while you're doing this step, but don't get overwhelmed with too much organizing this month.  We're focused on decluttering!

Purging Tips for Your CD's or DVD's

Follow the steps listed above, and use these tips as you purge (step #5) your CD or DVD collection:

  • Return any that don't belong to you
  • Purge any that you haven't listened to or watched in over a year (or whatever time period you think is reasonable)
  • Purge any that you don't enjoy
  • Purge any that you don't anticipate watching or listening to again
  • Purge any that you forgot you even had (they obviously aren't very important to you and you won't miss them if they're gone
  • Purge any that you only watch occasionally and you know you can borrow from someone else or get from the library (this trick worked wonders for me when I purged my CD's and DVD's!)
  • Give away any that you know someone else will enjoy more than you

Once you've set aside the CD's or DVD's that you're not going to keep, decide what you want to do with them.  Here are a few options:

  1. Give some to friends or family or neighbours that you know will appreciate them
  2. Donate them
  3. Sell some (Ebay, Amazon, Kijiji, Craigslist, or used entertainment store).  Just make sure your efforts to recoup some of the cost of the CD's and DVD's don't end up leaving you with piles cluttering up your house for weeks or months!
*Note:  many people have digitized their collections of CD's or DVD's.  According to copyright laws, you can't have a digital copy without the original (unless you purchased it digitally of course).  That means you can't give away or sell a CD or DVD and keep the digital copy.  Your choices are to throw away the original copies or store them somewhere else.  Nothing that allows 2 different people to have a copy.

Once you've decluttered your CD or DVD collection, make sure you follow the one-in-one-out rule to avoid cluttering your collections in the future!

Pictures and Links to Inspire You

  • Peter Walsh gives a great strategy for decluttering your CD's and DVD's in this post for Oprah.  He calls it the ratio-reduction rule (click the link below the picture).  


  • Here are some more decluttering tips for CD's and DVD's, as well as storage options.
Home Storage Solutions

  • This is one solution for storing your collections.  Bekah also includes a printable inventory sheet you can download.  
Pinch a Little Save a Lot

  • You can also purchase sleeves that allow you to keep your DVD covers without all those big cases.  Then you can store them all in a basket (check out the post to see how they did it!).
The House Undone

  • Here's a place where you can digitize your collection and they'll store the originals for you.

*Please pin from the original source if you choose to pin these pictures.  If you want to pin this post please use the button at the top.  

If You're On A Roll...

Good luck with today's decluttering project!  I'd love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment below, or on FacebookGoogle+, or Pinterest!

Don't forget to share your pictures in the Facebook post for today or use the hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering when you pin your pictures. I'll repin some of my favourites.  Plus don't forget I'll have a link party at the end of the series where you can share your photos too!

How many CD's or DVD's did you declutter today?  How do you organize your CD's or DVD's to keep the clutter at bay?  Any purging tips I missed?

Happy organizing decluttering!

Here are all the posts in the series.

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