DVD & CDs used to be the craze in having a collection of movies to watch. Although, like the VHS—DVDs and CDs are becoming a thing of the past.
According to an article from CNBC:
Since 2011, platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO have seen sales balloon 1,231% to $12.9 billion. In the meantime, DVD sales continued to slip, falling more than 67% between 2011 and 2018.
Online Streaming services now allow you to choose and watch a wide array of movies a button away, which begs whether you still need those piles of DVDs?
It is unlikely that you will have to rewatch your DVDs the third, or even the second time after watching them; Unless that movie is essential in your collection.
Deciding on removing the piles of DVDs on your shelf or box goes a long way in having a clean and clutter-free space.
This guide is not only limited to DVDs but VHS, CDs, and other physical media that you deem unessential to the lifestyle you currently have.
How to Declutter Old DVDs
Here are the steps you can take to help you declutter the piles of DVDs:
1) Pile up all DVDs in one place
First thing is to gather all of the piles of DVDs in one place then Clear out all the DVDs on the shelf or in the box.
Taking out all the DVDs to one place can give a bird's eye view of how much junk you will need to remove.
2) Keep your Favorites
Not all piles of DVDs are considered junk, some of those trilogies or collections can be considered a treasure.
If you value movie franchises such as Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, or any movie that you consider a favorite; Then those movies have earned their spot on your shelves.
You might rewatch them or not, but having invested in those franchises is normal for every movie enthusiast.
Like any other thing, keep only the stuff you consider essential.
3) Remove and Declutter DVDs you only watched once
Ask yourself, when was the last time you watched this DVD? Three years? Worse, Five years? You only watched it once and never watched it again.
If you have not watched these movies in the past year, then it is best to consider removing and decluttering these discs.
You might even forget that you own these titles. There is no reason to keep it since it is taking up space on your shelf.
4) Sell DVDs you dislike
Among all of the DVDs on the shelf, there should be one, two, or more titles that you never liked or even forgot that you own.
These DVDs are best removed from your shelf. It comes as no surprise that we don’t need movie discs piling up on the shelf because of the streaming service we have today.
Take a photo of those DVDs that you want to remove and sell them online. Selling it online can help get something out of those DVDs while finding a new home for those DVDs.
Other Ways to Declutter and Store the DVDs
If you prefer to keep your DVDs but want to declutter and clear out the space on your shelf, then there are alternative ways for you to go through them.
1) Disc Storage
Storing your DVDs on compact disc storage allows you to remove all the disc cases and regain the space on your shelf while keeping your discs.
A CD/DVD Binder allows you to keep up to 400 disc capacity in one place.
2) Transition to Digital Copy
Transitioning your DVDs from physical copy to digital copy can allow you to keep your movies while regaining the spaces on your shelf.
You can either transfer it yourself through a computer with a disc drive or by availing from disc to digital services.
In case your device does not have any disc drive; You will need to use an external disc drive to connect to your device.
Handbrake is free software that offers file conversion features to MP4 and MKV for easier access on the device.
WinXDVD is software dedicated to ripping the DVDs and directly converting them to MP4 format. Converting it to MP4 assures your video files for quality and compatibility with different video players.
VUDU (Disc to Digital Service)
VUDU disc to digital service allows you to scan the UPC of a DVD case to convert it to Digital.
You can then stream the movies you own via their VUDU app, however, Not all movies are available for their disc to digital services. You will have to check on their website whether your DVDs are available for the disc to digital service.
DVDWalmart (Disc to Digital Services)
Walmart offers disc to digital services by transferring them to memory cards. They allow you to choose which digital storage to store the files.
By creating an order through their website and then dropping it off or sending in your media to them, they will be able to provide a digital copy of your discs.
DVDs may still give value to our home movie experience, especially when paired with the right home entertainment audio and video devices, however, They might not be the main media of choice for your movie collection due to online streaming services available.
Seeing a shelf full of DVDs and CDs does not always prompt you to watch something from the pile but may only add up to the clutter and space from your shelf.
On the contrary, watching a movie from online streaming services gives us a list of movies available to watch and skim through it. Shelves can be clutter-free if you store them digitally instead.
We may own a few DVDs on our shelf, but not to the extent that they can pile up on the shelf like it is way back in 2005.
Keep only the DVD titles you consider a favorite or essential in your collection.
Decluttering your discs requires proper E-waste disposal. Services from your local junk removal company can help you remove and dispose of your E-waste removal needs.