A Space-Saving Way to Organize DVDs

Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to get your DVD collection organized and corralled. We don’t have tons of DVDs, but they were definitely taking up more space than I liked (read: the entire cabinet below, with multiple rows of stacks). It was difficult to find what we were looking for, which made watching movies less than enjoyable. When I came across this solution on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to do something similar in our space.

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We now have plenty of space in this cabinet not only for our DVDs, but also for video games and the controllers for the Xbox and Wii systems.

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I started off by going through our DVD collection (while watching Friends on Netflix, natch). We had them stored in their cases, as well as my college DVD collection, which were in two CD cases that were filled to capacity. I pulled out anything that we no longer watched (highlights included the entire first season of Laguna Beach) to donate, which immediately freed up some space.

I then took DVDs out of their cases and slipped them into these sleeves, placing them in alphabetical order into our new storage bin. All of the old cases went into a bag to donate to The Scrap Exchange, a local nonprofit here in the Triangle, but they aren’t currently accepting this type of donations, so they’ll be recycled instead.

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Once all of the DVDs were in sleeves, I pulled out my handy label maker so that we would know which DVD  was missing if one was ever empty. I decided to go with labels instead of writing on the cases in case we ever wanted to reuse the sleeve after getting rid of a DVD.

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I then made section dividers so that we can easily find what we’re looking for when searching for a particular title.

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And there you have it! A simple and inexpensive way to organize DVDs. Since I purchased two containers, I used the second one to store Kate’s video games, as well as my exercise DVDs. I’m so happy with how this turned out and hope you’re able to implement something similar in your own space!

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Product Sources
Gray bins: Target (these but solid gray)
CD sleeves: Amazon
Card stock, stickers, chalkboard labels: Michael’s

The post “A Space-Saving Way to Organize DVDs” was written by Hillary Bruce and first appeared on Honey Hive Home’s blog. Honey Hive Home is based in Chapel Hill, NC and provides professional organizing in North Carolina and across the U.S. via virtual organizing.

5 Things to Organize on a Snow Day

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Whether you’re enjoying a snow day here on the East Coast or are somewhere with warmer weather, I thought it might be helpful to put together a list of things you can organize with a day, or even just a few hours, spent at home. Think of the following ideas as a choose your own adventure of sorts, but with each of the options resulting in a more organized and less cluttered space!

Option 1: Pantry

  • Toss anything expired
  • Make a bag of foods your family isn’t going to eat + put them in your car to donate to a local shelter or food bank
  • BONUS: Host a ‘Chopped’ competition with your significant other, kids or roommate to use up foods that are about to spoil

Option 2: Clothes Closet

  • Try everything on (or have your spouse or child do this; there may be some bribery involved if it’s not you trying the clothes on!)
  • Toss, donate, or sell anything that doesn’t fit, isn’t your style, or hasn’t been worn in the last year
  • Post anything you want to sell online (here’s a great article from The Everygirl on how to sell clothes on EBay)
  • Put back everything that remains in an organized fashion (I prefer organizing clothing in ROYGBIV order by category, with white + tan coming before those colors and gray + black coming at the end; it makes finding a white top or a black skirt a breeze!)

Option 3: Paperwork

  • Go through that pile of mail
  • Pay any bills + automate them so you will have one fewer piece of mail each month
  • Shred any papers with sensitive information (Don’t have a shredder? Put all of these papers into a bag or bin and research local stores that provide secure shredding or community shredding days in your town!)
  • Create file folders for anything new that needs to be put away
  • File everything in its place!

Option 4: Books

  • Go through book by book
  • Ask the following questions:
    • Have you read it?
      • If yes: will you read it again? When?
      • If no: will you ever? When? (for both of these, if the answer isn’t very specific (i.e. next month for book club), it’s time to let it go!)
    • Is there someone else who could make better use of it?
    • Is it available electronically?
  • For all books you’re getting rid of, decide whether to donate, sell, toss (if they’re moldy or mildewed) or recycle (best for old editions of textbooks, since most donation centers don’t accept them)

Option 5: Linens

  • Take everything out of the closet/cabinet
  • Sort like with like by the place they’re used (i.e. twin sheets for Jane’s room, twin sheets for Noah’s room, queen sheets for guest room, hand towels for powder room)
  • Create the following categories for items:
    • Keep
    • Donate (in good condition)
    • Donate (in poor condition; these are often great for local animal shelters!)
    • Rags (I’ll use old towels or cut-up fabric to clean our home)
    • Toss
  • For each space, think critically about how many items you actually need for each space.
    • Don’t host guests often? You can probably get away with having just one set of sheets + two sets of towels (depending on the amount of space you have). If you have more people, you can always give them extra towels used by you or your kids!
    • For main living spaces, I think it’s perfect to have one to two sets of sheets (two for kids or if you have seasonal weights like flannel for winter), one to two sets of towels per person, and a few extra blankets that can be used when it’s chilly (we usually just grab the throw blankets from our living room when it’s particularly cold!).
  • Refold everything you’re keeping neatly, keeping like with like
  • If you can, keep these items where they’re used so they’re easier to find + access (i.e. extra towels in the bathroom, kid’s sheets in their bedrooms)
  • Label items accordingly so you won’t have to guess what’s what in the future

The best part about all of these? They’re totally scalable! Organize your entire pantry or just one shelf. Go through all of the clothes closets in your home, or just stick to one. Go through the pile of books on your bedside table, or your entire library.

I’d love to hear: what are your plans to get more organized (snow day or not!)?


Now Offering Virtual Organizing

IMG_6750I’m so excited to share something that has been on my heart + in my head for quite awhile now. Ever since Honey Hive Home started, I’ve sincerely wanted to help as many people remove stress + anxiety from their lives by helping them clear the clutter and get organized. Since many people are limited by location or time/budgetary constraints, I wanted to create a way to help as many folks as possible.

We will now be offering virtual organizing! Visit our website for the full rundown, but here are the details.

Who It’s For

    • Folks who have the energy + enthusiasm to organize a space in their home or office, but aren’t sure where to start
    • If you’re interested in working with us, but want to test the waters before committing more fully
    • Anyone located in the United States
    • People with internet access (must have Skype or FaceTime)

What You’ll Get

    • 60-minute Skype or FaceTime (your preference) conversation with a professional organizer
    • Step-by-step customized game plan to organize your space going forward
    • Detailed suggestions for products to help you get organized (as needed)


    • $70 + 4% processing fee
    • Payment will be collected prior to virtual organizing session via PayPal invoice


Since this is a new service we’re launching, here’s a special offer: request to book a virtual organizing session by Monday, March 2, 2015 and receive $20 off! Interested? Contact us today! I’d also love to hear your thoughts about this new service and anything else you’d like to see us offer in the future.

Home Library Before + After


Let me preface this post by saying that I love to read and think it’s important to keep your most well-loved books at your fingertips. However, when your books start taking over your home, it might be time to give us a call!

Here’s a snap of how things looked beforehand:



With our wonderful clients, we sorted through all of the books, grouping those by the same authors together. We then went back through to see which they wanted to have on hand to read again, and which could be passed along to a new home.

When going through your own books once you’ve reached maximum capacity, there are really two basic solutions: buy more shelves or cull your collection. There are plenty of charities that take book donations, and you can also try your hand at selling volumes on Amazon or other websites. Keep in mind that many donation centers do not take textbooks, so these are better off being sold, given to someone else who will use them, or recycled.

Although it may seem simple, I’m in love with the end result of this project. The clients’ most-loved books are accessible, and they now have an empty shelf for room to add to their collection in the future. That’s what I call a #sweetspace!

Organized Office Inspiration

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I’ve been doing a bit of day-dreaming about our home office, and here’s what I came up with. Since Kate and I share the office, it will never be this white, pink and feminine in real life, but that’s what day-dreams are for, right?

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1 // Bisley 8-Drawer Cabinet via The Container Store
2 // White Bisley File Cabinets via The Container Store
3 // Target Desk Chair
4 // Ikea Besta Burs Desk – a sleek classic line, plus drawers for additional storage!
5 // Gold Cherry Blossom Washi Tape via Paper Source
6 // Patch Tsugihagi Washi Tape via Paper Source
7 // Poppin White Scissors – we have these and I love them!
8 // Poppin Pink Jumbo Highlighters
9 // The Container Store Expanding Acrylic Drawer Organizer – perfect for those desk drawers.
10 // Tivoli Audio Albergo Clock Radio with Bluetooth – high quality speakers for pumping up the jams to increase productivity.
11 // Ikea Tjena Magazine Files – always love a pop of pink (the perfect mix of form and function).
12 // The Container Store Letter Sorter
13 // The Container Store Acrylic Tissue Box
14 // Emily Ley Simplified Planner in Greek Key
15 // The Container Store White File Folders
16 // The Container Store Pink Hanging File Folders
17 // The Container Store Pencil Cup – can you tell I have a thing for acrylic desk accessories?
18 // Poppin White Retractable Gel Luxe Pens – I’m particular about writing utensils, and these guys are the bomb dot com.
19 // Russell+Hazel Mini Binder in Gold – great for taking notes on multiple projects.

What about you? Do you have big plans (or dreams) for your home office?

Organized Home Office and Library

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I had the opportunity to work with a client to get her home office and library organized! A huge part of this was going through years worth of documents and papers to see what could be jettisoned and what needed to find a space in her filing cabinet. I love working with folks to set up filing systems that work for their lives. After all, the best organizational system is one that you will use and maintain!

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office desk, before

This space serves a lot of purposes: home office, library, exercise space, and a pass through to the back patio. Going through the boxes of paperwork, files, and miscellany made a huge difference in making it a functional and pretty space. I absolutely adored the wall of shelving and had such a fun time organizing the books by category. There is also now plenty of storage for CDs, since the client loves music.

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library, before

I think that this project really goes to show that you don’t need to spend a ton of money on organizational supplies to get a space to work well for you. We purchased additional boxes for CD storage (to match the ones she already had) and additional folders for the filing cabinet. That’s it!

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library, after

What things have you done to make your home office or work space more organized?

September Goals

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I can’t believe that September is already here! It sounds cliche, but summer really did fly by. Although I’m trying to live in the present, I can’t help but start to long for cooler temperatures here in North Carolina. With a ten day trip smack dab in the middle of the month to work on a client project and visit family in Connecticut, I have no doubt that September will fly by just as quickly. I’m publicly posting these goals to make sure that I keep working toward things that matter the most. Similar posts like these from Nancy Ray and Em for Marvelous have always inspired me, so I’m hoping you will enjoy these as well!

Without further adieu, here’s what I intend on doing this month:

  • Start blog for Honey Hive Home (check!) and post three times per week
  • Begin business outreach plan
  • Volunteer at least once
  • Drink at least 64 oz. of water/day (this has become so much harder since I began working from home)
  • Average 7,000 steps/day on my FitBit
  • Start planning for Kate’s 35th birthday in November
  • Decorate our home for fall (the new door decor I made above is just part of what I’ve got up my sleeve!)
  • Book travel arrangements for the holidays
  • Visit an apple orchard or pumpkin patch
  • Host a football game watch party with friends

What are your plans for this month?