Hello home organization weekly project #45. You’re even dustier than last week’s kitchen cabinet clean out.
While I’m calling this week’s project ‘home entertainment,’ this is straight out of the ’80s and ’90s. The VCR machine – yes, we still have one – and VHS movies but also a few DVDs that we’ll never watch.
For the record, my husband used to work for a video rental company. We got a LOT of free movies during his tenure at the company. The movie companies gave the employees free movies so that they’d order more copies – rather than fewer – and we still have lots of those videos.
We haven’t watched lots of these VHS movies for years but the last time we plugged in the VCR player, it worked and we laughed hysterically at ‘Austin Powers’- the first one. My other favorite VHS movie that we’re parting with is ‘Meet the Parents.’ It’s so funny! If you haven’t seen it, rent it this weekend.
Home Organization Project 45
- This week’s project. VHS and DVD movies.
- Small. It took about an hour – easy! We had really talked about this clean out because it was a family decision. Well, let me rephrase that…Brad and I decided the plan and we told our kids.
- Clear and clean. Everything came out of the baskets and cabinets that hold our ‘home entertainment’ stuff. I want to do some rearranging in the basement and need the shelves that the TV, VCR, DVD, Xbox are stored on. The decision we told our kids – who are almost 18-years-old (boy) and almost 16-years old (girl) – was that they had to sell their Xbox game system and that it was time for it to go. While the kids bought the Xbox several years ago – with money they had earned – Brad and I agreed that 18-year-old boys who are becoming men don’t need video game systems any longer. This was not a popular decision – as you might imagine. The system is getting sold very soon – the birthday is looming!
- Get set. All of the VHS movies and DVDs and VCR machine are piled on the dining room table. I’m going to give them all away or donate them. Whichever works and is easiest. There’s not a huge market for VHS movies. Honestly, I was a little sad to see some of the movies go that they had watched when they were little. “Thomas the Tank Engine” and “Little Bear” were videos that I enjoyed watching with my little kiddos when they were younger.
- Stop buying. As part of the getting rid of the Xbox system – which also plays DVDs – we agreed to purchase a new DVD player. With a TV in our basement, that’s a nice spot for our kids to ‘entertain’ and hang out, I’d rather them have a DVD player than the game system. Compromises and concessions seem to work well with teens when you have to throw down a decision like “sell your Xbox before you turn 18.”
- Less is more. While cleaning out all of the VHS movies and DVDs, we talked about how technology advances make us buy. Looking at the VHS movies that probably still work reminded me of cassette tapes, eight track tapes, and LPs – and the typewriter! It’s nice that some of these items are coming back – thinking LPs here – but the VHS tapes seem to really break down over time. I’m going to focus on getting all of our DVDs – and not purchasing them new – from the library. That’s my plan – except maybe Downton Abbey. We have all 4 seasons from the library right now – we can’t get enough!
Whew! Another weekly home organization project jammed in on Friday afternoon. My intentions are so good at the beginning of the week and then it all falls apart. Maybe next week….
What was your home organization project for this week? Got any closet clean outs on your to do list for the weekend?