How To Organize CDs and DVDs in Standard Binders

How To Organize CDs and DVDs in Standard Binders

Carolyn Purnell
Feb 20, 2013
I have a fairly extensive DVD collection, and for years I've been keeping my discs in storage binders. While it's a fairly practical storage solution, the binders have always irked me. On top of having zippers that get easily stuck, they're bulky, unattractive, and too deep for a normal bookshelf, and since I like having my DVDs near at hand, I didn't want to tuck them away in a cabinet somewhere. Follow along for my solution and the how-to.

My method involved discarding most of the inserts for my DVDs, but if you're attached to them, or if you have a tendency to resell DVDs, then I'll also include a tip that will let you to keep those inserts near and dear.

Materials list
Binders: I wanted something neutral and durable with the possibility of spine customization, so when I found the Eames binders from Naked Binder, I knew I had a winner. I got a couple of 1" binders and three 1.5" binders, and the larger ones are perfect for holding television shows with a lot of discs. I wouldn't recommend getting binders any larger than 1.5" though, or the binders will be overly bulky. Any decorative binders would work for this purpose, but if you're looking for some options, here's a roundup of good-looking binders.

CD storage pages: It's easy to find CD storage pages, but finding ones that fit in a normal binder is a much harder task, and I felt that resorting to a 12x12 scrapbooking binder defeated one of my main criteria: to have the binders fit neatly on my bookshelf. I'm sure there are more options out there, but in my scouting, I came across two good solutions. The Container Store makes CD storage pages designed to fit in their Stockholm Binders (10 sheets for $10), and these Innovera CD storage pages are easily available on Amazon (10 sheets for $7). With the Container Store option, you can fit eight discs per sheet. With the Innovera sheets , you can only fit six discs per sheet, but there are special slots for labels, which really appealed to me.

Dividers: I went with these plain dividers, but they are slightly smaller than the disc sheets, so I'd suggest something larger if you decide to use dividers and want to see the tabs. Look for wide dividers designed to be used with sheet protectors (like these).

Spine labels: My Eames binders have an inset for a 4x6 label, but you could customize your binder's spine with whatever size label suits your needs.

Page protectors, double stick tape (optional)

Zip pockets (optional)

1. Gather all your DVDs in one place, and figure out a rudimentary organizational method. If they aren't already, divide your discs into categories.
First, I separated my DVDs into TV and movies. Then, I created the following categories:

2. Place the disc sheets in the binder, and start arranging the discs by category. A few words of advice:
• When I placed the TV shows in, I put a divider between each show so they would be easier to find. This means that sometimes you won't fill all the disc pockets, which might initially seem like a bit of a waste. Ultimately, though, it will make your life easier if you decide to buy another season of the show; then you just start inserting the discs and additional pockets where you left off, without having to shuffle around DVDs for another show, which are inhabiting the same sheets.

• With the movies, I decided against an alphabetical organization for much the same reason. If I bought a new movie, it would require moving everything else around. Instead, I opted for thematic organization and more subcategories so that discs were still easily locatable, but continual rearrangement wouldn't be necessary.

• I placed dividers in as I went, and where necessary, I also put a small post-it note on each divider so I remembered what the subcategory was.