Its hard to believe it has been a month since I started on my mammoth mission to declutter my bookcase and DVD cabinet.Â Â If you missed it, I have a large bookcase – the last one of three – that was stuffed full of books, CDs, video cassettes, photo albums, reference books all of which need to be sorted thru or digitised.Â Â In our other lounge is a Balinese dresser that houses our huge DVD collection.Â Â Â The master plan is to have these two items plus contents eliminated by the summer holidays.
I am at a space with this project where there isn’t much in the way of transformation to be seen and I haveÂ wondered several timesÂ if I have bitten off more than I can chew as I seem to beÂ generating a lot of chaos in the name of minimalism and serenity.
The bookcaseÂ is a little bit daunting because it contains everything that has been put in the ‘too hard pile’ since I began decluttering.Â Â Some things need a lot of time on my behalf to sort thru, some projects are outside my range ofÂ knowledge and some items just don’tÂ seem to fall in with my usual guidelines for being kept or being hiffed out.
The video and camcorder cassettes are a good example.Â Â If electronics and cables are involved I’m out of my depth, but I hoped that between the bigÂ box of cables, a box ofÂ instruction manuals and the right theme music going thru my head (something like ‘Chariots of Fire’) I would emerge victorious.Â Â Alas, after two days of trying my husband suggested that I send them to a professional andÂ althoughÂ I admit I felt a bit defeated it only took a couple of days to get back a neat bundle of dvd disks containing footage we had never seen before.Â Â I am hoping that my son will help me edit these into something more watchable and that ultimately they will be stored on the external hard-drive, but for now it is a step in the right direction.
The box of cablesÂ wasn’t included in this original mission butÂ ended up spread all over my lounge floor, and as soon as I am confident that all consoles and appliances have a working set of cables which have been labeled, IÂ hope to Freecycle them out.Â This box lived in the entertainment centre and this space could possibly be used to store the DVDs we decide to keep or gaming consoles that we don’t want to keep out on display.
Our CD’s which were also housed in the bookcase have been uploaded to iTunes but as I am trying to set a good example to my teenagers about respecting copyright laws, I need to keep the physical copies.Â Â Once they were boxed, I was faced with the dilemma of where to house them now.Â Â My hubby suggested a freestanding cupboard in our garage as a temporary location – I was against this idea as I’d spent a lot of time emptying this cupboardÂ and it seemed wrong to fill them up again, but I eventually caved as the boxes were stacked on my desk and thinking of options was taking me away from the bigger project.
AÂ number ofÂ reference books were donated to an organisation who supported usÂ with my son’s learning style during his early school years but apart from that I have come to a bit of stand still on the book front.Â Â There are some reference books we have had to face the fact we are obligated to keep andÂ there are revision books for Year 10, 11 and 12Â for schoolÂ that we should keep available for our currently Year 10 youngest child.Â Â Â My hubby doesn’t want to part with his collection of Asterix and Oblix books as they were treasured gifts from his father during a time they lived apart and so I need to consider how we are going to house these, if they end up being the only items left in our bookcase.
I have made some inroads with our DVD collection too but I willÂ focus on that in my next post as IÂ need my international cheering squad to tell me how they dealt with cd’s, reference books and cables?Â Â Is there anyone who has managed to eliminateÂ their bookcase(s) from their home?
Can anyone tell me if they have had success with video editing?Â Â We have a mac laptop with iMovie, but I don’t know if I edit movies onÂ the mac, will they still be playable on the pc?Â Â Is there a pc based software that someone can recommend?
I’m also returning to my photo digitising project IÂ undertook two years ago, that needs a bit of time for meÂ to add theÂ photos that have emerged since – what I am interested to know from anyone who has done similar, what did you do with the original photos?
365 member Jane recommended a Mac based program RipIt to upload DVD’s onto an externalÂ hard-drive.Â Â I have read a lot of good reviews on it but I was wondering if anyone knew a PC based software that could do the same?Â Â And that allows movies to be paused when playing?Â Â I am hoping to get my hubby helping with this project but he is Mac illiterate and would like to be able to present him with some options.Â Â Any suggestions?