I’m a DVD/Blu Ray collector. I like to own physical media over electronic copies of anything, including books and music. However, my growing collection has taken over the living room.

Here’s one of our bookcases – the tidiest one!

Problem is, even though our bookcases are generally tidy. I can never find the DVD or Blu Ray I want to watch. There’s no organisation. When we moved into this house, we simply piled them on, along with our books.

Resulting in some shelves like this:

I had thought about putting them into DVD binders or into filing boxes, after reading numerous ideas about this on a bunch of blogs about DVD organisation and media organisation. However, I like my collection on show. Especially to showcase some of the signed items I have.

I decided to rearrange them all into ‘genres’, another idea was alphabetically but when I go to watch a film it’s usually with a type in mind rather than a title.

Genres I used were:

  • Superhero movies – Marvel, DC Comics, etc
  • Horror/Thriller
  • Action/Adventure
  • Children’s/Disney/Pixar
  • Sci-Fi
  • Anything by Joss Whedon ;) (although Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and Cabin in the Woods went in their generic categories)
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Firefly
    • Serenity
    • Dollhouse
    • Angel
    • When it eventually comes out on DVD/Blu Ray – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D
  • Romantic Comedies/Comedies
  • TV Shows/Documentaries

While re-arranging, I also purged my collection. Finding some duplications in my collection!

I ended up needing to move some of my Stephen King book collection (he’s one of my favourite authors), to the small bookcase in the small bedroom. At some point, my plan is to re-vamp the bookcase, it’s vintage and has been in my family since my uncle was young, so it’s over 60 years old.

Currently, it’s painted blue as this was the colour scheme of my bedroom as a teenager! No ideas on what to do with it, specifically, yet. – More on that another day :)

Here’s how that shelf I posted above looks now – so much better. :)
NB. This is an in progress photo.



I love vintage items of furniture – recently I purchased a vintage foot stool20140622_181456 that I aim to re-upholster once I find a fabric I like for it and this vintage writing desk / bureau…


Not a fan of the colour scheme (bit of an understatement), but my plan is to strip the paint off and re-stain the wood. The idea with this writing desk is it will replace Artur’s current computer desk in our spare bedroom.

Day 1.

I had a few options available to me to get rid of the green. As said before, my plan was to strip the paint off and re-stain the wood, but now I might re-paint it. Which, will still require me to strip the paint somewhat.

Stripping the paint

There were a couple of options I considered for this:

  • The chemical method – Using traditional ‘paint stripper’ from our garden centre / DIY store
  • Sanding

I went for the latter option(!), it was harder than I anticipated and I ended up chipping the wood slightly while sanding! There must have been a small crack ib the wood, that came away while sanding.

So, I had my first go at using wood filler with this project! It was relatively simple to use and the main problem was trying to match the food filler to the colour of the wood.

As I used wood filler, I was no longer able to re-stain the wood as an option. :-( So, I browsed painting ideas on Pinterest and found a dark red and also a beige colour scheme I liked. Artur prefers the latter.

Day 2.



In our house, we go food shopping each week, mostly for the perishable items e.g. milk, then do a larger monthly (or sometimes bi-monthyly shop) including frozen foods, toiletries and house hold items e.g. cleaning supplies.

I’ve been trying to properly budget the amount we spend on food shopping each week. Here are some of the things I’ve been trying and that work for me (some are recycled from my budgeting post):-

  • Don’t shop for food when your hungry! I find that most of impulse food shopping happens when I go to the shop hungry.
  • Compare brands and check prices. There is usually a store brand version of most items that is cheaper and of comparable quality to the big name item. A lot of the food we buy is now whichever stores own brand.
  • Make a food shopping list and STICK TO IT. We have a magnetic shopping list stuck on our fridge that we keep up to date whenever we’ve run out of an item. We then take it with us when we do our food shopping.
  • When comparison shopping, always refer to the unit cost rather than the retail cost. The unit cost is what the item costs per pound, per 100, per gallon, etc.
  • Don’t get caught up with discounts or multi buys.
  • Make the most of loyalty schemes – Artur and I have a Tesco Clubcard that we use every time we go food shopping there. You earn points every time you spend and receive vouchers and coupons every few months. Either for items you buy regularly or “cash” vouchers. The “cash” vouchers can also be saved up for money of tickets to events/places.
  • Shopping in cheaper supermarkets: Most of our food shopping is done in Tescos, but for some staple foods we also shop in Lidl, who also often have our washing machine liquid at half the price.

Any other tips/ideas?