Use The Right Stuff: Real Simple removed Ann and Scott's CDs and DVDs from their plastic cases. CDs, categorized by genre, are now contained in canvas binders (shown). DVDs and cover art, slipped into dust- and scratch-resistant see-through sleeves that stand vertically in plastic bases, can be flipped through (in alphabetical order, under Comedy, Drama, Romance, etc.), à la Blockbuster. (The plastic cases were recycled; visit greendisk.com for more info.) A chalkboard mounted to the back of a cupboard door allows the kids to take turns designating the weekly movie.
Call in Inspector Gadget: The family transferred cassettes to CDs, and VHS tapes to DVDs. (For cassettes, visit audiomover.com. For VHS tapes―wedding videos, say―check out vhs-to-dvd.com. Or invest in a VHS-to-DVD recorder.) Meanwhile, Scott swapped his massive floor speakers for a pair of white bookshelf speakers, which blend in with the entertainment center. (Instead of tossing electronics, post them on freecycle.org, where you can give―and get―items for free.)Find a place for Hidden Treasures. The roomy basket above the television set is deep enough to hide its contents: cameras, chargers, and memory cards for shutterbug Ann.