{Declutter} Your old Video Tapes

#28 – Video Tapes 

Do you still own video tapes?  – Yes!

Do you still own a video player? – No 😕  

  1. Today I would like you to go through and purge the movies from your collection.  Perhaps, get the family to update your old movie collection to DVD’s at Christmas time.  
  2. Keep your home movies, but add to your to do list to transfer onto DVD.  Once transferred, destroy the tape and throw away.  

When was the last time you watched a video?

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Jodi Hoad on Facebook October 4, 2011 - 9:29 AM

Consider it done…hehe….got rid of them years ago! 😉

Carly Storey on Facebook October 4, 2011 - 10:20 AM

Same, all gone:)

Senga October 4, 2011 - 6:37 PM

No thanks! I love many of your decluttering suggestions but we’ll keep the videos. My daughter has a video collection – all bought for 25 or 50 cents from second hand shops. This includes most of the Disney classics – Lion King, Little Mermaid, Pocahontas etc – which can be expensive to buy on DVD. That said, I regularly purge the collection because it does have a tendency to grow 🙂

Melissa October 5, 2011 - 2:59 AM

We still have a video player and my son watches videos quite often. However he does get frustrated at the fast forwarding through previews – what is the best way to get the movies onto dvd? I’m not really tech savvy – I don’t know where to start! We have so many videos, it would be fantastic to clear them out, but we would still like the movies, as we have many of the Disney classics that are expensive and sometimes hard to find.

Marcena October 5, 2011 - 12:48 PM

@Melissa, you can buy the necessary cords that connect your VCR to your computer and you then copy the video to your computer then burn it to a DVD. Alternatively, if that is not something you think you can/want to do yourself there are often services that can do it for you for a small fee. A lot of photo shops. Maybe Katrina can post a few of those services’s details here on her blog, for those of us who aren’t technically minded 🙂

Zina Cavallo on Facebook October 5, 2011 - 1:17 PM

Yes, please post details!!

Michelle October 5, 2011 - 7:56 PM

I transferred my videos (Beta and VHS) to DVD. We owned (it recently died!) a DVD/HDD recorder. I’d copy the videos to the HDD and then burn them to disc. I did it this way because I could edit things out that I wanted to edit out before burning to disc. I could also just set the video to copy to the HDD and walk away to do other things, without having to watch the clock so that I didn’t wate space on the disc. This meant that I could fit more onto each disc when I did burn across.

I didn’t get rid of the videos until I had copied them onto DVD – that way if the recorder died (as it has!) I wasn’t going to lose something I wanted to keep.

I’ve just got one set of tapes left – the itty bitty Hi8 ones. They don’t take up much space though!

I also don’t have any DVD cases – I bought three of these cabinet storage things (http://www.qecdistribution.com.au/categories/CD%7B47%7DDVD-Storage-solutions/Disc-hanging-storage/) and all of our BDs, DVDs and CDs are stored in them. I’ve got them categorised and in alphabetical order. Just need to label it and I would be super organised!

Caroline Windsor October 6, 2011 - 11:41 AM

We tried to declutter our video tapes a coupple of years ago, but our son, then 2 1/2 – 3 highjacked them and incorporated them into his building activites…..Now he is 5 1/2 maybe it’s time for them to go! 🙂

Jane October 7, 2011 - 8:58 PM

We are moving soon and I just culled ours and took about 50 videos to Vinnies, we still have a VCR and my son still watches movies in our bedroom. In fact I found an old recorded from TV copy of the Tom Selleck movie High Road to China that I had recorded back in 1984 and the reason I know the date is the ads talk about the LA Olympics. Like your blog, thanks!

MarcioWilges December 17, 2014 - 1:17 PM

If you’re moving home and you find VHS video tapes lying around, if you’re lucky enough, they won’t be mouldy and you can convert them. Unfortunately I don’t think many people will be that lucky! Chances are that they’re in horrible condition after so long! Best to see if you can find DVD versions of your favourite shows on Amazon I think!


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