The Vine: July 13, 2011
I am a big DVD collector. I probably own over 400 DVDs, and that is a conservative estimate. (Honestly, I am afraid to count at this point, lest I realize the depth of my obsession.)
I eventually got to a point where the shelves I kept my DVDs on became overloaded, and I decided to start keeping the discs themselves in those zippered sleeved dealios (two of the really big ones and a couple of smaller ones). The issue I have is with the now-empty DVD cases themselves.
I have six paper boxes chock full of them, and I am loath to get rid of them for some reason. Let it be known that I am also a Virgo and a semi-hoarder, so I have problems getting rid of things in general. It wasn't such a big deal when I had a larger house to live in, but I've moved into a smaller place with less storage space, so the boxes have become an issue.
I don't know exactly what I'm asking you for. Maybe permission to get rid of them? Maybe an alternative idea for storing them? The sensible side of my brain says, "They're not serving you any purpose, and you're not getting rid of your DVDs any time soon, just toss the stupid things," while the OCD side says, "But what if you need them? And how can you get rid of them? Are you mad?" so I think I just want an outside party to validate that getting rid of them is the correct and reasonable course of action.
Thanks, and rock on!
Hoarder? Me? The hell you say!
Dear Maddie Paxton,
Getting rid of them is the correct and reasonable course of action. The only circumstance under which you'd need the cases is if you wanted to sell the DVDs, and even then, you can just buy a box of sleeves or jewel cases at Staples.
Now, plenty of correct and reasonable courses of action give us agita in spite of their rational rectitude, so if it's giving you a couple of hives, start smaller. Throw away one box; weed out the ones with dings or missing inserts, and throw those away first; come up with a plan to pitch a set number of cases per day for one month.
Ready to go bigger? Look at the entire collection. Be honest about when you last referred to or looked at the cases in each box; if it's longer than six months, tell yourself aloud, "I can look up and/or print the case information from the internet; it's going to be fine," and proceed to the nearest curb with the boxes.
Note: you absolutely will have cause to look directly at one of the boxes within a week of pitching them. I don't know why that is, but some stupid bar bet will come up regarding box art for Terminator 3 and you will feel somewhat bereft. Persevere! Remember: internet. Free yourself; pitch the cases.
Although I read them obsessively, I'm a novice in the world of blogging. But I'm thinking my family needs something and I don't know if it exists. Here's the deal:
My immediate family (parents, me, two sisters) live in three different countries, four cities. There are nine grandchildren, mostly young but three in their teens, two of whom live independently from their parents. We all for the most part really like each other and want to stay in touch, but it can get hard.
My sisters and I all resolved this year to be better about staying in regular touch with our parents and I'm hoping we can do it in part through a family blog. I've Googled and explored a few, but none have the particular wrinkle I'm looking for. To wit:
Right now, one of my nephews writes a daily blog which we all read. His mom emails a weekly letter to to the entire family (and it's long — 10-15 pages usually. LOTS of detail!). We were thinking that it would be really nice to have one family blog where she could post her letter and he could write his daily updates, and that it would inspire all of us to post more regular updates about our own lives.
BUT — he has friends who read his blog, and my sister's distribution list contains people outside the family as well. I don't want to post updates about my kids and my life that my 19-year-old nephew's random friends can read.
Is there a way to have a shared blog with different permissions for different sections? So family members could access all sections, but my nephew's friends could only access his section, and my sister's friends only hers, etc.? Is this a ridiculously simple request that I've just been unable to discover on my own?
Most out-of-the-box blogging software offers the option of password-protecting specific entries, or the entire blog. If you set up a Tumblr, for instance, the main Tumblr is always public, but you can also set up a side or sub-blog with a password. That set-up also allows multiple authors, which is perfect for your situation.
WordPress has a password-protect option for particular entries on both the paid and free versions of the software, and options for multiple admins/authors; no doubt Blogger does too. So, your nephew can just publish to all with no qualms, and you can post pics and notes about your kids — behind a password.
The other option is to create a Facebook group for the family that nobody else can join, and cross-post relevant content there, but Facebook's "security" is not everyone's favorite.
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