Today I set my sights on a dresser that houses old VHS tapes, old video games, and some clothes. I wasn't prepared to deal with the games or clothes, so I started with the tapes.
Because we don't own a VCR anymore.
And if I want to watch one of those movies, I'll put it on my Netflix queue.
The only problem was that I couldn't get the drawer open. There was absolutely no obstruction that I could see or feel. I couldn't figure out what magic was giving me only three inches from which to pull out tapes.
Finally, like 15 minutes later (I'm nothing if not quick), I noticed that one of the boards on the bottom of the drawer was about a quarter of an inch lower than the other board. After some experimentation and a close call where I almost got my arm caught in the drawer under the one I was trying to open, I finally got it open to reveal this:
These are the videos I wasn't able to get rid of a couple of years ago, when I weeded out most of my extensive collection.
This first stack was easy. No VCR means no need for blank video tapes.
I donated the blank ones and threw away the used ones.
I happened to be on the phone with a friend of mine who does have a VCR at her beach house. Somehow she talked me into giving her these 35 tapes:
I think she was bummed out when I actually showed up at her house with three bags of tapes.
This is what I was left with. A couple I didn't think my friend wanted. A couple had sentimental value. And a couple were tapes of my various drama endeavors from elementary school and junior high.
Total items: 46