Have You Purged Your DVD Collection Yet?

We're not movie buffs, by any means. But we've got a modest collection of DVDs gracing the shelves of our TV unit. DVDs that go entirely un-watched, save for a few series' worth of Sex and the City episodes that have played through many a girl's night in. The rest—well, the rest should be making their way out the door soon, but I just can't purge them yet.

From what my mom tells me, the introduction of the VCR was a pretty big deal back in the day. For the first time ever, you could own a moving picture. Since then, we've been obsessed with amassing a collection of motion pictures and the entire series of favorite TV shows.


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In life before Netflix, our collections were a blessing, not a burden. There was always a DVD to pop in and watch when "there's nothing on TV." But now with Netflix and Hulu, empty Friday nights are spent searching through an endless queue of streaming options to find a film or show that strikes your fancy. If you're anything like me, you never turn to your in-house DVD collection for entertainment anymore.

But still, I can't seem to shake the feeling that I don't want to get rid of my DVDs just yet. I'll probably end up waiting until the DVD is as obsolete as VHS tapes are now. With Netflix seemingly trying to phase out their DVD rental plan in favor of streaming, it might not be too long.

On the other hand, if you're ready to purge your DVDs, there's a wealth of resources to help you do it. Here are a few ideas for trimming your collection, digitizing your DVDs and trading in old movies for an Apple iPad.

Have you purged? Are you on the brink of tossing your DVD collection? Are you a movie buff who still gets tons of use out of their discs? Let us know in the comments!


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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer based in Atlanta, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She loves her fiance, her dog Bacon, and collecting beer koozies when she travels.

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