Lost in the Bunch

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Do it now or pay later. Tips to organizing movie collections.

Whether the collection is just a few DVDs or a Vidiot collection of several hundred, start organizing with the first movie. This will save the "where is that movie? It was right here yesterday" adventure of going through them all. The bigger the collection the easier it is to lose one in the rest of the bunch. This article will help get started or at least thinking in the right direction.

Decide whether the collection will be organized by genre, alphabetically or simply by number. The decision to use these or some other category would be up to the owner.

Some blank 3X5 inch cards will come in handy for the next step. Just write the needed information on the cards. Then place the cards on the floor to keep the movies separated later on.

* Genre: western, drama, family, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, erotica, action, adventure and many more. Again the decision will be up to the owner. Just be sure to think of as many categories as may be needed now instead of later.

* Alphabetical order is self explanatory. When putting the DVDs on the shelf, in a box or on that big stack over there in the corner leave at least 5-10 case widths of space for new additions to the collection. A good way to burn up an afternoon is moving anything after the new addition over one space to the right.

* The simple number method is just that. Label the 3X5 cards in groups of ten. 1-10, 11-20, 21-30 and the sequence goes on. Use a notebook or pad of some sort to match the movie to the number. Don't lose the notebook or another way to burn up an afternoon has been discovered. This is the easiest and quickest method. The drawback is the same as the alphabetical order method. Make sure room is left for expansion.

* A software designed for collecting DVDs is highly recommended. One of the best is at http://www.Collectorz.com/movie/. It has everything possible for any movie collector. There are also several very nice programs for collectors young and old on many of the freeware sites. The methods of categorizing is entirely up to the collector. Just stay consistent and everything will work out fine.

The large collection can be of great entertainment. Having to find a specific DVD that is lost in the masses tends to break the mood for that movie. So avoid the embarrassment of spending more time looking for a DVD than entertainment time with the family, girlfriend, dog or whomever.

Organize first.

See Sue for all your DVD & Digital Storage options.

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Born in Blackfoot,ID. Raised in Pingree,ID. Don't fret if you have never heard of it. It is so small most people who live there have never heard of it. I am Sue Gavin. Married almost 33yrs. to the same guy. I believe I should get some type of tax credit for a job well done. Pingree for grade school and Blackfoot for most of high school. I was married at 17yrs. and we moved around a bit that first year. I ended up going to 3 different high schools but I did graduate on time. I graduated from a place called Goldendale, WA. They even have one street light there. In the middle of town. On the closest freeway the signs didn't say next 2 exits. The signs said next 2 intersections. I worked in Retail Grocery for about 20yrs. Before that I was a waitress, host, fry cook, etc. You know, the same thing most of us end up doing at one time or another. In 1993 my husband had a 5000lb vault door (like in a bank) fall on him. Don't worry he lived. He is just a little disabled. 2007 ended up with me having seizures. Almost unheard of at my age. Especially since I have no prior history of any type of passing out, etc. One seizure fractured a vertebrae and that was the end of my career. Now my hubby and I are trying to make a go of a webstore. Don't know if this is allowed, but I'm old so I am going to do it anyway. http://www.Storeitdvd.com Life goes up and down. Just be there for the ups!
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