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MarkEJHarrison
Out of ideas
Registered: December 20, 2001
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I used to do alpha with the kids movies sorted out (so they can easily browse).  Then I ran out of room and sorted out the box sets as well.  Then I ran out of room again.  Now things are just kind of everywhere until I find a better system.  Fortunately I can still find everything fairly easily.  But I really need a better storage solution as I'm about to run out of space again.  And I'm already storing things in 4 different locations throughout the house.
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Frenchy
Registered: January 14, 2003
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Hello all

here is my organization :

Traditional Movies :
The first structure is the country. I have : french movies, UK, US movies, German and nordic,  Italian, Spanish, Russian and eastern countries, Japon and China (yes :-) India.

Only for US movies I have sub levels : old movies (Chaplin, Keaton, Marx Brothers) then authors (Woody Allen, Hitchkock which is halfway between US and UK :-) and then action movies (start wars, Indiana Jones, etc..)

Inside each part, it is ordered according to the director (Billy Wilder, Manckiewicz, etc...). I am not interested in actors.

Then music movies, seperated into Jazz, Classical, and operas.

Then cartoons

Then TV series : English US and French.

Then one last layer for the movies which I borrow.

I find this quite convenient.

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Krikarian
nice choppers...
Registered: November 3, 2002
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mine are arranged by genre/alphabetical order on specific shelf units

adventure
comedy
drama
fantasy/sciFi (yeah, well, some sciFi is more fantasy than science, know what i mean) (plus, they didn't fit properly on the shelves separated out)
horror
musicals
mystery/crime

Some boxsets are on the old stereo bench--ST:TNG, X-Files, British mysteries (Marple, Poirot, Cracker, Prime Suspect, Spooks, Sherlock Holmes), as well as some movie sets (Raiders, Scream)

[let me clarify that i know tv shows are not boxsets]

due to space problems, i also combined some movies into my own boxsets (Hammer: Dracula, Frankenstein, Horrors!; Vincent Price; Blade; Star Wars complete; Horatio Hornblower), using some dvd cases someone here long ago suggested getting. For these i make my own covers...

did someone just on at the fingers like a mad person...

anyway, there you go.

krik
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falcon2099
DVD Junkie
Registered: December 4, 2002
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Quoting Voltaire53:
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Shelving wise I just got my part 2 of 2 of my shelving project finished and now have space for about 1500 DVDs with a collection of about 1000 so all is OK for now


Could we see a pic of your shelving??  My collection is quickly approaching 500 and my wife and I are looking for alternatives to our current DVD rack.

BTW, we sort alphabetically, with TV series sorted together.
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SneakyLilBastard
Registered: September 11, 2006
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I have mine in alphabetized in the following groups:

Music
Television/documentaries (non-music)
Foreign
Animated
Everything else (the bulk of it all)

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Zefeer
Revolution!
Registered: February 10, 2004
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Mine is organized in simpler way.
I order them buy purchased date.
Means, i bought i shelved.
For me works. I know where every movie is, because i remember if i bought recently or not.
The gender or alpha it requires constantly moving titles, and frankly i don't have the time.
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kovacs01
I'm your huckleberry
Registered: April 17, 2004
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Autobiographical for most of them.

the rest are alphabetical by number.........
m.cellophane
darkly dreaming
Registered: February 9, 2002
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I'm in a state of controlled confusion at present. I recently moved and although I have more space at the new house, I don't have my shelving figured out. So I have 3 DVD shelves and one bookshelf...and the floor.

TV sets are in a floor grouping.
Box sets have been formed into their own brick wall.  ...with only occasional disasters...
One DVD shelf houses Criterion...spine order
One DVD shelf houses Disney/Pixar...alpha order
The largest DVD shelf has groupings by actor/actress/director...within each group, they're in chrono order (the "mixed" films [where I collect more than one person's work] give me fits... ) and Fox Film Noir and Fox Studio Classics in spine order
The bookshelf houses 'large' collections such as Alfred Hitchcock, Cirque du Soleil, documentaries, and music/performance/opera
...and then I have piles on the floor separated by decade since my family usually wants to know "what's 'new'?" 

...James

"That's it. He's definitely the one. Now it's just a matter of time before he becomes a drop of blood in my glass slide collection."  Dexter
Battling Butler
the painted veil
Registered: January 11, 2005
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Alphabetical, with box sets, custom cases, and anime/animation sorted and stored separately. Of course the entire collection is cataloged and  fills a 3-ring binder (anime/animation is also separated in the binder) courtesy of Profiler reports. 
Voltaire53
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Registered: June 8, 2005
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Quoting falcon2099:
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Shelving wise I just got my part 2 of 2 of my shelving project finished and now have space for about 1500 DVDs with a collection of about 1000 so all is OK for now


Could we see a pic of your shelving??


Sure; here's two I prepared earlier

BTW the shelves are straight; it's just the camera bending the images a bit ... the tall pic is actually two images stitched together

FWIW my wife thought ceiling high shelves on the wall could be a bit overwhelming but because they are wall mounted she actually finds them less intrusive than the old stand-alone book shelves they used to be in because tthey are only as deep as they need to be.





They're a bit 'close' (I shot them for Insurance purposes so seeing the titles on the full sized images is important) which means you can't see the scale very easily but that's a plug socket below the bottom shelf on the tall one (the bottom shelf has space for a box file underneath) and each shelf is about 1.5m wide. The metal slotted 'poles' attached to the wall (3 per shelf) are the longest I could get (I think they're about 2 metres), and the shelves are conti-board shelves and are the slimmest you can get which (with the additional depth of the poles) means a small amount of shelf at the front of each DVD (ie. perfect).

Any questions please ask!
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Rifter
Freedom is not free!
Registered: January 27, 2002
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I assign and lock a single genre to each - most significant one - and then do each genre in alphabetical order.  Box sets are in a separate bookcase reserved just for them, by genre.
John

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KEMPER
I think I'll have a drink
Registered: January 29, 2004
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Mine is arranged in to catagories of loan availablity:
1: NO
2: HELL NO
3: NO WEY IN HELL
4: PRY FROM MY DEAD COLD HANDS
It doesn't matter if it is steak or bolonga... It all turns to crap anyway
Battling Butler
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Quoting KEMPER:
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Mine is arranged in to catagories of loan availablity:
1: NO
2: HELL NO
3: NO WEY IN HELL
4: PRY FROM MY DEAD COLD HANDS


       

What about - "Maybe, .......... when pigs fly. Forgetaboutit!"
KEMPER
I think I'll have a drink
Registered: January 29, 2004
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Quoting Battling Butler:
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Quoting KEMPER:
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Mine is arranged in to catagories of loan availablity:
1: NO
2: HELL NO
3: NO WEY IN HELL
4: PRY FROM MY DEAD COLD HANDS


       

What about - "Maybe, .......... when pigs fly. Forgetaboutit!"


I was also thinking about adding....

5: When Skip says to a newby "Thats ok... I understand your need for a CD profiler" instead of getting the BBQ sauce and having a snack..... 
It doesn't matter if it is steak or bolonga... It all turns to crap anyway
Pantheon
Bored now....
Registered: February 16, 2000
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Mine are in alpha order within genre.

I used to have a simple alpha order...but I found it frustrating, and time consuming, fitting new items in.  Having to move everything along to fit in an 'A' film, for example, was a royal pain.

If I had a smaller collection I would stick to alpha...but, as I am coming up to the 3,000 point that's just not feasible IMO.
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themadchef
The Real Jedi Masters...
Registered: August 11, 2005
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Quoting MarkEJHarrison:
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I used to do alpha with the kids movies sorted out (so they can easily browse).  Then I ran out of room and sorted out the box sets as well.  Then I ran out of room again.  Now things are just kind of everywhere until I find a better system.  Fortunately I can still find everything fairly easily.  But I really need a better storage solution as I'm about to run out of space again.  And I'm already storing things in 4 different locations throughout the house.


  I know that when my collection gets to big to put everything together in the same place, the system i have in place now will help me move them to different rooms.
  I have my collection grouped by genre and alphabetically, I also group certain genres together like Animation and Family films (though i have a few animation films that i put into my Adult section like, South Park & Fritz the Cat...etc...) and Comedy & Romance together, Horror & Adult together, Fantasy & Science-Fiction together,...etc...the genres are not mixed together just grouped together.
  I have small shelves (about 60-65 DVDs in each) so when i need to move some shelves around, the 2 or 3 shelves that have the sub-group of my collection in them, they are still together. I keep my box sets on top of my shelves in no real order, and TV and movies are mixed into the collection, unless they are to big for the shelves, then they go on top too.
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