How To Go Digital To Reduce Clutter
By Zia Bossenmeyer, Vice President of Organizables
Movies, Music & Books
The beauty of the digital age is now we can store things on small and compact things like an iPad, external hard drive or even access entertainment through websites like Netflix or Spotify.
If you still have home videos on VHS tapes, it’s time to digitize and do it fast. Technology moves fast, and you want to preserve the film on the VHS before it goes bad and you have time to convert and revisit your memories.
Secondly, it’s time to sort through your DVD collection. Most DVD’s can be resold at a music/movie trader type of store for cash. There are a view independent movies or some documentaries you may not be able to find online through your media provider, so keep those…but you can say goodbye to most of your collection.
I use services like Netflix which are $8/mo and I can watch unlimited movies. This is well worth the price and affords me a lack of clutter.
We all have an exorbitant amount of CD’s…We rarely listen to, in fact we probably forget that we own half of them. Yet we keep them in our living rooms, workspaces, or cars; and they are taking up valuable space. Primarily for me, who tends to move frequently, I want everything consolidated into smaller and smaller spaces. Less to pack up, less to move, less to unpack.
So what do you do? You pull out all your albums and start digitizing them to your computer. You can import them into Itunes or another type of music program. After those are digitized, either sell them for cash at a music trader store, donate them to friends (one man’s trash is another man’s treasure) or add them to your garage sale pile. You still have all your music, it’s just taking up less space!
And last but not least, don’t forget to use multiple methods of back up.
A monthly subscription music service (like Netflix is to movies) where you can access unlimited music, is called Spotify.
I have very few books that I keep. Mostly I read and discard, or at least I did until I got a Kindle. I was very resistant to trying the Kindle because I felt very attached to actually holding a book and flipping pages, but once I tried it I was hooked. Some books you like to write in or take notes, and those are ok to keep, but most books you can release. All of the rest you can hold in your Kindle.
There are book exchange stores where again, trade them in for cash, not credit or you’ll just end up with new books to clutter your space. There are websites called Paperback swap where you can list your books you’re willing to get rid of, and other people want to read them. You mail them all off, and get credits for other books. If you’re reading them one at a time, then your clutter is minimal.
After shedding so many of the things that are supposed to keep us entertained in life, we are much lighter. Our houses aren’t overflowing and we still have the same amount of stuff, it’s just being held more compactly.
Do you have any pieces of advice for digitizing you would like to add? Feel free to let us know what works for your family at Zia@organizables.com