I've blogged before about my relationship with DVD cases. I own a lot of DVDs. And I mean a lot. I've certainly had some friends who've owned twice the amount I have, but most people I see don't have even half the amount I have. And of course my Bluray collection has already started.
One problem of course is how much room they can take up. You can buy one DVD rack or another, but eventually you end up with 5 or 6 different shelving units that don't resemble each other. CDs can cause the same problem. One solution is to take the discs out, slip them into sleeves in a binder, and put the cases in storage. This way you can have, for example 50 to several hundred discs in a single binder.
I rejected doing this for the longest time because I simply like to see my DVD collection out in the open, like a library of books. It makes it easier for me to browse and select something. And of course it's more aesthetically appealing than flipping through binders of discs with no artwork, no descriptions, and no other inserts. That's especially frustrating when you have DVD sets of television series and you want to know what episode of which season of that show had that thing that they did.
Unfortunately, there are only so many places where you can put hundreds and hundreds of DVDs in a 1-bedroom apartment. So I had to go with the binders. That doesn't mean that I had to put all of my DVDs into binders, but at least try it with a genre or two of them.
I knew that I didn't want to do this with my enormous Doctor Who collection, nor with TV series, and a few particular DVD sets whose casings and thick booklets I liked too much (the special edition of Slacker is one example). That still left me with well over 200 DVDs I could feel comfortable putting into binders. One day I went through those DVDs and extracted the discs, putting them into binders.
Well, that was about a year ago. I still had a huge box of empty cases, up in storage. At the very least, I wanted to keep the sleeves. That way if I get one of those binders that lets you put the sleeve and the disc together, or want to sell a movie at some point, or want to see the tracklisting, etc., then I have it. So the sleeves were finally extracted and shoved into a folder. The stack of labels was still thinner than a phone book.
This couldn't be done with all of the cases. Some were in that old style with the carboard front cover and the black plastic clip on the right. I put those in a separate box. Even so, I was still left with about 200 reusable DVD cases:
I sure as hell weren't going to put these on eBay to try to ship them. I took a look on Craigslist to see if there were other people selling DVD cases and just how much they were getting for them. Then I said "Screw it. I just want to get this enormous box out of my house. I want to be able to walk to my closet again, unobstructed!" So I made a post to Freecycle for a free set of 200 DVD cases. Somebody replied the next day. I met him. He took them. We thanked each other.
AND THUS SO, IT IS DONE! YAY!