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Organise your loose CDs for under $3!! All you need is a hanger, a hole punch, CD envelopes and strong fingers.

Step 1: What You Will Need

Here is a list of the inventory you will need to make this modular CD Organiser:
- 1 Hanger
- 1 Hole Punch
- A bunch of CD Envelopes (You can buy a pack of 200 for around $1 at a computer store)
- Strong Fingers (or Pliars)
- Ruler
- Pen

Step 2: Hole Punching!

So go out and buy yourself a pack of CD Envelopes, they are usualy extremely cheap or come free with CDs you might already own. I can find them usually at $1 for a pack of 200.
There are even some tutorials online out there that show you how to fold your own!!

Nonetheless, take a normal three hole punch and make use of only two of the punchers. Try to center the envelope around the two punchers so that your holes look pretty evenly spaced out - you may have to sacrifice an envelope as you experiment.

** PUNCH ONLY THE BOTTOM SIDE of the envelope: which is the edge parallel to the flap edge.

Also try to get a routine and center all your punches so as to keep the envelopes looking uniform.

Step 3: Find the Middle of the CD Envelope

Take a ruler and mark off the middle of a CD Envelope.

Step 4: Take the Hanger Apart

Take the Hnager Apart with your fingers, or if that hurts to much you can untwist it with pliars.
Try to straighten the bends out as much as you can: thinner hangers are easier to bend, but thicker hangers make for a sturdier organiser.

When you have the Hanger unfurled, measure how long the straight edge is. In this case I got 81 cm.

Step 5: Get Out Your Sharpies.

Line up the midpoints of the CD Envelope and the Hanger.
Since the hanger edge was 81 cm, I divided that by 2 to find the midpoint at around 40.5 cm.
Find the middle of the holes on the CD envelope and mark those points on the hanger.

Step 6: Bend the Hanger.

Using either your fingers or pliars bend the hanger along your markings at a 90 degree angle.
Then measure about 2 cm from that 90 degree corner because you will have to make one more bend in the next step.

Step 7: Second Bend

The aim of this step is to create a protruding edge that will act as a lip. So on those new markings that you made in the last step, bend the hanger edges 90 degrees upwards.

**** Remember that you want to bend the lip upwards when the hook part of the hanger is facing downwards as shown in the picture's orientation *****

Step 8: Snipping Wire

You can go about this step two ways:
Either you can use the pliars to try and cut along the dotted lines, as seen in the picture, and then try and snap the end pieces of the wire off.
OR, you can bend along the wire a thousand times with your hands going back and forth until the metal eventually snaps off.
Either way, get the ends of the hanger off ensuring that you leave those elbows on as they will act like feet.

Step 9: Finito! and Words of Organisational Wisdom

Put your CDs in your envelopes. And you can start feeding your CDs on!
You can even hang this thing from the lip and the CDs wont fall off because the feet will hold your CDs in place.

Congratulations and have fun staying organised!!!

*** SIDENOTE ON ORGANISING ****

As it is difficult to pull out and insert envelopes without taking out a handful I suggest that you organise this into sections. I use post it notes to mark off Music, Drivers, TV etc... Also I add in like 10 extra blank envelopes into each section so that i can plop in a CD if I need to without having to move everything around. Hope you enjoy!
i saw this, looked over at the horrible stack of disks in sleeves all over my room and said "wow..." the sleeves i have also have pre-punched holes in this and the disks slide out of a slit on the side of the sleeve which makes it easier to remove and replace the cd's. i may just use two hangers tho side by side with a crap load of the sleeves fed through em and hang em up anywhere u could hang hangers... so simple, yet so genius. im happy i didnt go buy a binder for em
This is a great idea, I love that it uses a coat hanger which is something I actually do have around the house. I have a huge box of cheap plastic-sleeve type cases which already have holes in them, designed to be put in a binder so it will be perfect for them. I haven't used them much because I have a shelf-style holder that only works for rigid cases, but now I can put them to use, thanks for the idea.
My comment just disappeared. Trying again... This is a good idea. I have a ton of CDs laying around or stacked up in spindles. Very disorganized and hard to sift through. The only thing I might add is reinforcements to the punched holes, to keep the holes from deforming and ripping over time with use. But the good thing is that sleeves are cheap, so you can do it either way and probably come up even.
i think that if you had it so that the opening of the envelope was on the side that didn't have the hanger going through it then you could take out which ever you wanted easily
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That's pretty clever, and unusually cheap. Unfortunately, it looks like it's serial access???
Thanks! Nor sure what do you mean by serial access? If you mean you can't pull out one envelope at a time you are right. Thats why I sectioned it off into groupd with post-its and added a bunch of extra blank envelopes in each section. You do need to pull the CDs out of their envelopes if you want to shift them around. But I don't mind because I can quickly tell what CD is what by seeing it and so I dont see that I would really need to move the envelope positions around.
In order to take out the fourth CD... do you first have to take CDs 1-3 off? I think that is what mike meant by serial ;)
Ya, well all you have to do is open the envelope flap to get at the CD you want. If you want to actually move envelopes you'd have to take them out in bunches from the front - but the CDs themselves are easy access b/c the envelopes' flaps are up top
sweet idea but its easier to just buy a 200+ cd case at wal mart
Yes, but wouldn't that be flying in the face of the good ole "Do-It-Yourself" attitdue?

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