- Mar 28, 2012
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Not too much information at all. Very interesting. Made me feel better about my conglomeration of books, CDs, DVDs, Blues, and 4K. Here in California it is prudent to have the bookshelves attached to the walls to earthquake proof them. Hope yours are secure as well. Here, also, any trinkets need to be set on museum putty for protection. As we all know, the Big One is coming.I am closing out a really big project for me in which I shrank and re-organized my ever-growing disc collection.
Having it finally complete brings me great joy!
Over recent years, the collection of discs (mostly 4k/Blu/DVD/CD) had gotten horribly out of control. It had not been properly maintained and had taken up partial residency in cardboard boxes and stacks on the floor. It had become increasingly difficult to find anything.
I recently had an opportunity to devote a fair amount of time into weeding out titles I knew I would never watch again. I had to practice some tough love on my collection. But a lot of light-weight titles were easily excised. Some were more difficult than others. I also eliminated a number of titles of which I had duplicates/upgrades. When that was done I set about sorting and alphabetizing what was left.
As you can see from the pictures below. I have a small room (the 3rd BR in our 1924-vintage home) in which to store the discs (9.5' by 9.5'). This is the beauty of the empty nest.
Over the years I have also collected an odd assortment of shelving units to hold my discs, as you will see.
I have removed most of my CDs from the room as I am planning on copying them onto HDD storage. A thread on that project can be found HERE. Most CDs have temporarily gone into basement storage (with my vinyl and a few LaserDiscs). The only CDs remaining in the media room are my Christmas music. And this is temporary, as I plan on including them in the "ripping" project.
As part of this project, I also completely cleaned out all the excised discs from my DVD Profiler and have determined which discs needed to be added to bring that totally up-to-date to match the physical collection. DVD Profiler tells me my home video collection is currently around 2500 discs. That is more than some and less than others.
As I turn 62 in a few days, I realize I have more than enough movies here to keep me more than happy for the rest of my life (and we can talk about how our kids aren't going to want these collections and what to do with them when we're gone...) yet I keep adding more as they keep making them. (Boy, am I really looking hard at you right now, Warner Archive! ).
Here's what my storage looks like:
This is the West wall. The door on the left is the entry into the room. The door on the right leads into a walk-in closet. My wife stores clothes in there. This wall houses the 4k/Blu movies. Box sets are stored horizontally up top. Numbered titles begin on the lower left unit and proceed alphabetically through to the letter "P."
Pretty much the same view...featuring Ernie.
This is the north wall (the windows are on the East wall). On this wall the movies conclude through "Z." My high-rez music is also here (SACDs, DVD-As, Blu-ray Audio, etc.). Also here are my concert discs (both HD and SD). And musical theater discs. Various Maltin Guides and Ebert/Kael review books are also here. The short rack under the La La Land poster holds my remaining DVD movies.
This is the South wall. The far left stack is Christmas music. The top row of the middle stack are Christmas movies/TV. Below that row are all TV series (HD/SD). The light brown vertical unit in the middle holds all my baseball titles, nature documentaries, calibration discs. The right-hand storage unit holds all my Disney/kid titles (HD/SD).
Why we have the world's largest chair (technically a chair-and-a-half) smack in the middle of this very small room is a story for another day.
Anyway, this is probably TMI for most people, but whenever an HTF member posts a picture of even a small portion of their disc shelves, I stare at it for a very long time. (Must be some voyeur problem I have!).
So please feel free to share pix of your collections here. And make any comments or ask any questions you might have about mine.