CD storage

Minimalism is distinctly different from being organized, but sometimes being organized can compliment an effort to minimize.

Although the intent of minimalism is to rid yourself of items you don’t want or don’t need, sometimes there are items you just don’t want to part with.  For me, CDs are one of these items.

Yes, most music is digital these days.  Yes, I think digital is the future of music.  And yes, there is very little reason to hold on to CDs anymore.

But I am also of the generation that had to fight for digital music and rights to them. I lived through the stories of people being arrested for illegally downloaded music, of napster, of limited rights to music that would ‘expire’ after your computer died.

I am also the generation who worked summer jobs to build up an impressive CD collection, who proudly displayed these artifacts on specially designed furniture and shelves.  The generation that had carrying cases, and discmans, and cassette-to-CD converters.  I also have memories strongly associated with the items themselves: favorite CDs that were worn out and scratched from many road trips and CDs easier to find by its color than its title.

So although I don’t think I’ll keep CDs forever, I’m not quite ready to rid myself of them just yet.

But you know what I hate most about CDs?  Those horrible looking, scratched up, faded and broken jewel cases:

 Not only are jewel cases horribly designed, they also make CDs hard to access.  They are the reason for specially designed CD cabinets- jewel cases are not meant to be thumbed through or stacked.

So although I don’t want to get rid of my CDs just yet, I really didn’t care to keep the jewel cases.

But I also didn’t want my CDs to be hard to access and out of order in a fixed binder.  So I found this:

The Merax Aluminum Hard Case CD holder.

I liked the idea of this case because, unlike binders, the CDs are stored similar to a file system so they can be rearranged and added to without difficulty.  I originally purchased one that holds 510 CDs back to back (255 file sleeves) since 510 would address my whole collection.  However, in sorting through my CDs, I realized I could remove the album cover and album sleeve and store it in the front of the file sleeve with the CD in the back.  This left only an empty jewel case which I have no problem getting rid of.  Unfortunately, this also meant I could store fewer CDs so I wish I had purchased the larger CD holder instead.

All in all, this solution means my CD collection takes up less of a footprint, is easy to access should I need them, is far more portable, and as an added bonus I could get rid of the most disappointing part of the CD: the jewel case.

Of course, it’s still a good idea to get rid of any CDs you don’t want, and keep only the ones you do.

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