In the age of Spotify, iTunes and Netflix, so many of us rarely reach for a CD or DVD these days. When was the last time you watched a DVD? For me, I can’t honestly remember, but those movies and TV shows I have collected over time seem to have a hold on me. You know the ones, the classics, the ones that made you laugh or cry, the ones that marked significant milestones in our lives.
Boy, they take up a lot of space though, and I have to be honest, it is probably over 5 years since I have put one on. There are still some in wrappers which is a good sign too of just how much they are loved???
The same goes for CDs – I have my music stored in iTunes so I can access it whenever, wherever. Am I make sure I have them backed up!
As for those bulky old VCR tapes – yes, I still have a few floating around. They are converted family videos from childhood – priceless memories.
So how do we decide what stays and what goes?
My primary aim is to simplify in this decluttering process so we need to be honest with ourselves and ruthlessly work towards our goals.
What are you goals?
Why are you wanting to participate in this challenge?
What do you want your home to look like?
Most importantly, how do you want your home to function?
Remember, our homes and their contents primary functions are to provide shelter and the tools to support our lifestyle.
Develop your criteria
To help you in the decision making process, establish some criteria that you are comfortable with. This criteria can apply to all of our future decluttering categories. Write them down. Having them in black and white depersonalises the process a little, ensures that we are consistent and gives us a solid foundation when we are waivering. It also helps us to manage regret as we can look back and honestly say that we made an informed decision at the time.
Here are some guiding questions to ask yourself:
- When was the last time I used it?
- Is it still in good working order?
- Does it still perform a function that supports my lifestyle, or contributes positively to the vision I have for my home?
- Do I want it or love it?
- Does it have a home? (nothing can be homeless in our home!)
- And specifically for DVD’s, CD’s and VCR’s – do I have a functioning player?
As you go through them, there will likely be some that are more difficult to make decisions on. That is ok. Have a maybe pile and come back to it with fresh eyes. Just give yourself a time limit so they don’t sit there for another 5 years.
What do I do with the keepers?
First and foremost, make sure they have a home. Everything must have a defined space to support order. It also means that you know exactly where to find them when you need them.
If you have old VCR’s with family movies or other footage of sentimental value, consider investing in getting them converted to digital. This will preserve those memories, enhance the quality and also make them more accessible for family movie night.
What do I do with the ones that no longer have a purpose for me?
If they are in good working order, you could sell or donate them.
o Facebook Marketplace
o Buy-Swap-Sell groups online
o Garage Sale (the Garage Sale Trail is coming up in October)
- Donate options:
o Green Shed (Mitchell or Mugga Lane)
o Let’s Recycle Canberra (Hume)
o Some nursing homes love the classics – contact one near you.
o Charity shops such as the Salvos or Vinnies
o Community groups
o Community libraries
If you are going to consider selling, here is a recent blog with my top 5 tips for selling online. Please do also consider your time and potential return on investment.
If the cases are broken, discs scratched etc. they will need to be recycled, or as a last resort, go to landfill. You should check your local government or council website for more information about what items can be recycled.
- Unwanted tapes and reels can be taken apart and the rigid plastic cases can go into your recycling bin.
- Soft plastics can be placed in the recycling bins at select Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.
How did you go? Feel free to share your successes, challenges and tips on our Facebook page.