156, 157, and 158…wow, that’s a lot of movies! My wife and I own 158 DVD or Bluray cases. By the way, that doesn’t include our TV shows which we own as well (which is another 21 seasons). So in total I would estimate I could likely watch about 1.2 hours per day for an entire year and not repeat one scene. That doesn’t include borrowing DVD’s from the library, the digit copies of some movies or using Netflix.
It’s odd, but counting that collection and working out the estimate of how much time I would need to watch it all really showed me how ridiculous my collection is. What’s more amusing? I’ve already done purges on the collection twice in the last year.
So the question I have to ask myself is is: how much is enough? Where did this collection of a few turn into a pile of excess? While I really don’t know when or where this occurred, I do understand if you keep buying a few of your favorite films every year the pile tends to add up. After 20 years, it becomes sort of an obvious problem…it’s sort of like compound interest on a debt. It keeps growing if you don’t deal with it.
Yet throwing out movies makes me feel awful, since I tend to only buy ones that I would watch again in the first place. So what’s the solution? Well for some of the them I’m going to make a digital copy and then get rid of the physical disc. The rest I’m just learning to let go, since in some cases I’m not the same person who bought that film in the first place anymore. While I don’t have an ideal collection size in my head I’m going to purge until I’m below 150 and then start using the one in and one out rule. That way at least I can stop the collection from growing.
So how do you keep your collections of stuff from growing too large? What works for you?