In my seemingly-never-ending quest to reduce the sheer amount of STUFF around here, one of the things I've been thinking about lately is our media, specifically our DVDs and CDs.
But here's the thing--I didn't get rid of all of the DVD cases. I recycled about 2/3 of them, but the rest I threw in a box in the basement. The DVD cases that I kept are those for our Disney movies and those that held collections of DVDs, like our Looney Toons sets. I guess my thinking in keeping those was that I might need them someday if I ever wanted to sell the movies. Now there's one more box in the basement to deal with, so I don't think I totally achieved my goal. Essentially, I only shifted my clutter to a different floor of the house.
So here's where I need your help--talk me out of keeping them! Help me let them go. Convince me that it's okay to get rid of the cases, that by the time my kids have outgrown the movies, it's likely that the discs will be so scratched up that selling them is out of the question anyhow. Or, convince me that I should keep them--have you ever gotten rid of a DVD case and regretted it later?
If I can move past my hangup with the DVD cases, my next mission will be to consolidate the CDs. I've thought about ditching the jewel cases in the past, but have never been able to bring myself to do it because I don't want to lose the album artwork. I would keep the little booklets that come with each CD and place them in the binder with the discs, but I'm still having a hard time convincing myself to make the break. I've read that some organizational gurus suggest getting rid of the CDs themselves, with the assumption that most people have all of their music loaded on their computers anyway, but I think that's a foolish idea--anyone who has ever had a hard drive die, taking with it all of their files & photos knows how devastating that could be.
Have any of you gotten rid of your CD jewel cases and just kept your discs in a binder? Have you ever regretted it?