I love it when you guys email me with questions about dilemmas you are having in your home. I always try to offer suggestions as to what I would do if I were in your situation, but sometimes the questions leave me completely stumped! Take this question from Sarah, for instance:
Hi, Lindsay! My name is Sarah… I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now, and I was just wondering if I could perhaps take advantage of your creativity and ask you a question… I have a fairly large DVD collection, and I have found that the best way for me to store them is to take them out of the cases and move them to a big ole honkin black DVD “wallet.” Although this is extremely convenient, as there’s really nowhere in my apartment I can store them in the cases without having to dig when I want to watch a particular one, it’s not very aesthetically pleasing. I’ve looked for cute patterned cases and the only ones I’ve been able to find hold about 30 or less– and calling them “cute” is a stretch– which won’t cut it for my 400+ discs. SO I was just wondering if you had any sort of solution!
So, Sarah has a huge DVD collection, but no where pretty to store it. She lives in an apartment without a lot of space, so a huge DVD storage tower is not really in the cards right now. Her “big ole honkin'” DVD wallet is convenient, but it’s an eyesore in her living room. She needs a solution to store her 400+ DVD collection (either in or out of the cases) that makes them easy to find and doesn’t take up much space. And of course, a solution that won’t break the bank is what we are always after!
One solution I have is that Sarah could put her current DVD wallet inside something like a storage ottoman. That way, she’ll be able to have the DVDs easily accessible (just pull the wallet out of the ottoman when she wants to watch one). The storage ottoman could double as extra seating for when she has friends visit her apartment, or even as a coffee table if it was large enough and she had the space. A quick search on Target.com for storage ottomans reveals about 200 different options.
If she wants to leave her DVD wallet within view, Sarah could put together a binder cover, like the one featured in this tutorial from WhipUp.net, using a fabric choice that coordinates with her living room.
Short of starting her own Netflix service (which I think she should!), what ideas do YOU have for Sarah? Leave them in the comments and let’s see if we can help her out!