Decluttering DVDs

Over the last few weeks I’ve sorted out the DVD shelves at home. To be fair, most of them were Steves (I downsized my collection back in 2012), and we finally got around to packing them up so he could take them to his house. From the remainder I committed a small pile to the charity shop. That left 6 films I like, 9 exercise DVDs, and 25 children’s DVDs.

I’d like to get to the point where we have none – then I could get rid of the DVD player!

We don’t have a microwave (got rid of that around 5 years ago I guess), a toaster (that went a couple of years back), or a stereo (yonks ago), so a DVD player is probably the next superfluous electronic item in the house. My computer plays DVDs if I really needed to access one.

Before and After Pics

Here’s a before pic – I didn’t take a proper before shot, so I dug out the most recent ones that had them in the background. That’s pretty much how they looked until I sorted them out. And that’s my smiley daughter in the foreground 🙂

declutter dads before and after

Declutter before and after

And here’s an after photo, all light and airy and lovely:

Declutter before and after

The ones on the bottom are kids ones. I have 12 on the middle shelf: 6 films and 6 exercise DVDs.

I’m thinking I might need to try out all the exercise DVDs and decide whether or not I really need them. I can’t even remember the last time I used one so I probably don’t. They are just more things sat on the shelf taking up mental and physical space.

DVD Downsize

My new, mini, downsized DVD collection. Can you spot the sci-fi theme?

dvd declutter

The ones to go – 93 in total:

dvd declutter

I’ve been thinking about doing this for a looooong time.

For the first 24 years after I left home, I didn’t own a TV. My parents watched hours of TV every night when I was a child and I grew to hate it over the years. Monotonous, over-acted game shows and dreary, depressing soaps where all everyone seemed to do was argue…

As a teenager, my TV watching amounted to a hired movie at a friend’s house when we had sleepovers.

No TV at university. Then after that, in shared houses, someone else always seemed to own one. I didn’t watch a lot even back then when I loafed around all weekend and had no responsibilities.

I gave up on flat sharing at 27 and rented my own 1 bedroom place. No TV there either and I never even thought about getting one.

My first TV?

It was given to me at the age of 29 by a work colleague who was getting rid of his old one (and seemed to feel really sorry for me not owning one).

Why did I want it?

So I could play xbox games 🙂

And what happened?

Slowly, slowly, I started to accumulate DVDs. Just a couple at first, bought in the sale. Then, when my husband-to-be moved in, he had a TV of his own and a collection of DVDs.

We spent more and more time watching things in the evening. He had a lot of stuff I wanted to see (including the entire collection of the X-Files – yes, we watched them all). We didn’t really use the TV to watch broadcast programmes, just the stuff that we had bought on DVD. It became a lovely evening ritual to sit down with dinner, maybe some wine and commentate our way through a film or series that we were interested in. We both worked long hours and travelled a lot for business, so being home and settling down on the sofa was a comfort for us.

Fast forward a few years and now our evenings are precious time. With two small children to look after our days start at about 6am and we don’t get time alone until somewhere after 7pm. Evenings are the only time we can do anything. Household admin, reading, gaming, talking, personal projects, and of course eating our evening meal together.

So recently, more and more, I am finding that I just don’t want to sit down in the evening and watch anything – it feels like a waste of time.

Something has to be really, really good, for me to want to spend the evening in front of the box.

Not only that, but my tastes have changed. Now I am a mother and I have a family, a lot of the things I have bought in the past are just that – in the past. Comedies about office life, transient romance and single living don’t hold the interest they did because that is not where I am in my life right now.

I’ve been eyeballing my DVD collection on and off for a long time, thinking, shall I just get rid of the lot?

So I’ve done it – a major cull.

93 DVDs (or box sets) ready to go. 11 left on the shelf.

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