I have a quick and easy organization project today that will save you a ton of space if you have a lot of movies like we do. I am going to show you how we organize our DVDs using binders.

DVD Organization - use binders to sort and organize your DVD collection

Our living room has changed a lot over the years. We used to have a large ottoman that we used as a coffee table. It worked really well when the kids were little because it was leather and wiped off easily. It was padded all around so I didn’t have to worry about them bonking their heads. Plus, it had two large storage compartments underneath. You could also flip the lids of the storage over to a wooden tray side. This ottoman stored a lot of different things over the years and most recently housed all our DVDs. There were beginning to be too many in there and we were also looking to get a regular coffee table for the living room, so I needed to find a new way to store my DVDs that took up a lot less space.

Store DVDs in an ottoman

This ottoman stored a lot of different things over the years and most recently housed all our DVDs. There were beginning to be too many in there and we were also looking to get a regular coffee table for the living room, so I needed to find a new way to store my DVDs that took up a lot less space.

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I decided the best, most space efficient way to store the DVDs would be in binders. If you are a long-time reader of Laura’s Crafty Life, you know I love binders for organizing all different kinds of things. The DVDs were no exception. 

Note: I chose a 1″ binder because any smaller than that and we would end up with a ton of binders. If we went much bigger, then the binder becomes bulky and hard to manage, especially for the kids. I also like to use the binders with a slant-ring that is attached to the back piece of the binder. This way, the CD sleeves always stay flat.

Supplies needed:

This project doesn’t really need a lot of explaining. Basically, I took each of the DVDs out of the case and placed them in the CD sleeves. Each sleeve will hold eight DVDs – four on the front and four on the back.

Store all DVDs in a binder organized by genre

I organized the DVDs by categories that made sense for us. I create a binder for all our movies that were for the family or just grown-ups, and another, separate binder for all the kid’s movies since we had so many.

Each binder then got further subdivided by genre.

Our DVD categories include:

  • Adventure
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Chick Flicks
  • Holiday 
  • Kids
  • Disney
  • Barbie

If you choose to categorize your movies, you would need to choose whatever ones make sense for the types of movies you own.

Other DVD category ideas:

  • Horror
  • Family
  • Documentary
  • Romance
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • TV episodes
  • Musicals
  • Science Fiction
  • Westerns

The DVDs are simply placed in a sleeve in the section they fit in best. Any discs that come with a particular DVD are kept together. For example, the Blu-Ray and DVD, or a DVD plus bonus features disc. I also try to keep movie series together in one or several sleeves. So, for example, all our Star Wars movies are together, as are all the Lord of the Ring and Hobbit movies. I used stick on tabs and created a label using my label maker. This was placed on the top of the CD sleeve on the first sleeve for that particular category.

Label maker and tabs for organizing

We just recently upgraded to a third binder since the first movie binder was getting too full. These binders don’t take up much space and we are able to store them out of site in our entertainment center cabinet.

DVD binders in entertainment center

For now, I have held on to the DVD cases in a large box in our shed until I decide whether to purge them or not. My main concern for holding on to them, for now, is in case we want to sell our DVDs at some point.

Binder DVD Organization - Laura's Crafty Life

So tell me, how do you store your DVDs?

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