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The Perfectionists’ Guide to Reorganising your Film Collection

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If you’re one of those cinephiles whose film collection has gotten completely out of control, this guide acts as a starting point to get your thinking about how best to sort it out.

You can usually tell you’ve got a problem when it’s been a while since you’ve found the right disc in the right box or when you suddenly realise your films are in little mini-stacks all around the house, even in the kitchen and toilet.

Read on to start getting a basic idea of how to reorganise your films.

Step one: cut the dead wood

You’ve most definitely picked up a whole bunch of films that aren’t really worth your time at all. Round them all up and organise them into a pile and start figuring out how to get rid of them.

You have three options – firstly, see what you can make money out of. Go onto a website like and start flogging your DVDs there. As for the films you’re unable to sell, find out if any of your friends want them.

As for the last few films – which may be so terrible that no one will want them – take them to the charity shop.

Step two: make some archiving decisions

Next, you have to decide how you’re going to organise the remaining films. Are you going for the comprehensive alphabetical order? Or are you going to go for something a little more fun, like organising them according to genre?

If you’re a real film buff and you have every single film made by all your favourite directors, you could organise them by filmmaker.

Once you’ve decided on your archiving strategy, there are some further touches you might want to consider.

Step three: divide formats

If you’ve been collecting for a while, you’ve probably got a whole bunch of DVDs and then a growing bunch of Blu-ray discs. You’ve probably tried integrating the latter with the former, you’ll notice that the boxes for the Blu-rays aren’t quite the same size and look awkward when piled together.

What you want to do is make a separate shelf for your Blu-rays, and stack them separately. If you’ve got loads of them, you can do them alphabetically or by genre.

Step four: invest in some storage solutions

Perhaps you have absolutely no room left on your shelves for the massive film collection you have cultivated. Start looking around online for handy little storage boxes with outwards-opening doors where you can start stacking your films, close by to your entertainment system.

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