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CD and DVD Storage Solutions for Large Collections

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November 19, 2019

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CD & DVD Storage Solutions

It’s the time of year to start on reorganization and decluttering projects. In this era of digital music and online movies, we tend to forget about digital storage media, such as the CDs, DVDs and even VHS tapes we may have in our homes. Media collections can easily become unwieldy depending on the volume of discs you own. Therefore, it’s a great idea to include these items in your re-organization “to-do” lists. If you’re looking for CD and DVD storage ideas, we’ve listed a couple of good ways to organize your collection.

Home Storage Solutions for CDs and DVDs

CD and DVD collections can vary from a few discs to very large collections. There are dozens of different CD or DVD storage solutions for the home from DIY shelving systems to store-bought binders, CD storage boxes or towers. CD and DVD storage ideas will depend on the amount of available space in the home for storage and if you are storing them in or out of the CD or DVD cases.

Storing with CD/DVD Case

Storing a CD/DVD in a plastic jewel case or out of it will depend on three factors: the use of the CD/DVD, the amount of storage space and how much of a collector you are. Keeping them in their cases will allow you to keep the liner notes, lists of songs and the cover art. Cases protect the CDs and DVDs from damage better as opposed to storing outside of a case. However, jewel cases do take up a lot of room, increasing the amount of required storage space.

CD/DVD Storage Ideas Without Cases

There are specially made CD and DVD storage binders that you can purchase at a large retail store. These are usually made with three rings and plastic sheets holding 3 to 4 CDs per page, which allow for storing a large number of discs. You can still organize the discs by type (computer games, software, photos or music) inside the binder. This solution takes up less storage space, but does not allow for keeping covers and CD booklets. More people are transferring their CD collections to their computer drive to add to online music accounts or media players. The hard copies can then be donated, sold, or placed in storage.

Organizing CD/DVDs

Organizing CDs and DVDs will depend on how the collector listens to or views the media. For CD storage, some collectors keep musical genres separate. Within each category, sort the band or the artist alphabetically. To get even more detailed, if you have multiple recordings from an artist, you can categorize by the release date of the CD. The same organizational process can be applied to a DVD collection. First, sort the DVDs by category and then alphabetize.

The Benefits of Storing DVDs in Self Storage

CD and DVD Storage Solutions

If you plan on using self storage for CDs and DVDs, take some special steps prior to storing media such as books, magazines, newspapers, CDs DVDs in a storage unit. CDs and DVDs should be properly packed before placing in storage. If CDs/DVDs are stored in binders, pack two to three in a box and fill the rest of the box with filler material. CDs/DVDs that are stored in their cases will need more boxes. Don’t forget to label the storage boxes with the contents and keep an inventory list of what you have stored.

A storage unit is a great place to store household storage items, including music and movie collections, that you no longer have room in your house to store. ezStorage has a variety of climate controlled storage units from 5×5 to 10×30 that are perfect for storing these types of collections. Our storage facilities are conveniently located all throughout Northern Virginia, Reserve a storage unit with ezStorage today!

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