Day 2: Organizing Your Media Cabinet
The media cabinet we have in the family room is something we found on Craigslist years ago. It’s Danish, probably from the 80s if the finish is any indication, and incomplete. We’re pretty sure it’s the bottom half of a china cabinet long since broken beyond repair. Whatever it is, we love it for its size and ample storage space. For years it’s where I crammed all my surplus books, and only strength and stubbornness kept the doors shut. That changed when we installed the bookshelves. I suddenly had four large, wide shelves of open space.
Space without a purpose is space waiting to become cluttered.
A few books got left behind, but the DVDs laid claim to the bulk of the disaster. Last October I tackled the video and game cabinet, which is perpendicular to this cabinet. I did what I could with storage boxes I found around the house. It worked somewhat, but the basket I used was difficult to pull out, so the boys took that as permission to toss videos and games into the cabinet like confetti.
So, I decided to try and organize the videos and games again, this time placing them inside the media cabinet. The first step was to pull everything out to sort, organize, and purge.
I didn’t have much to purge other than magazines this time around, but every little bit helps in freeing up space. The books I put aside to tackle another day. My focus was on videos, games, and the media cabinet. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
I searched for some DVD containers, but I couldn’t find anything local. Also, I’m cheap when it comes to media storage. We aren’t big TV/Movie buffs, and most of what we watch comes from our Apple TV. The movies we have are old and rarely touched. It didn’t make sense to buy several boxes that cost between $8 and $16 when a $2 Recollections box from Michael’s worked as well. (Note: the Pioneer brand also has a box for photo and DVD storage available at Michael’s, and it does not fit most DVDs. Stay clear from that brand!)
I’m rusty on this 31 Days business, so I forgot to take a picture of the boxes, but you get the idea. Recollections brand, not Pioneer. They’re the same ones I used to organize the medicine cabinet. They hold, on average, 14 standard sized DVDs. More if they are oddly shaped, like mine were.
You can put the lids on them, but I know that’s an exercise in futility around here.
Because I inadvertently bought a Pioneer photo box, I was not able to organize the Wii games the same way. I debated going back to Michael’s, but in the end decided to use what I had around the house. I used the same wood crate that housed the videos, and I think I’m going to be glad I did. I wanted everything snug, but the boys use the Wii games often enough to make me think loose and easy to access will work better over time.
I also used the same basket that was too big for the other cabinet as a catch all for Wii controllers, Skylanders, and the Portal of Power. They have been haphazardly stored in an open tray under our coffee table all this time, and it never, ever looked organized. Now it can look like its usual riot of cords behind closed doors.
Eventually, we would like to get a new media cabinet, maybe a built in. But, for now, this is perfectly fine. Progress, not perfection!
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