Organized and Productive Living

31 Days of Organized Living: Alphabetize Your Music Collection

Alphabetize Your Music Collection

Music has come a long way in the last forty-two years. From vinyl records, to 8-tracks, to  cassettes, to compact discs (CDs), to mp3s.

Some of us have quite a large library of CDs, because even if you upload them all to your computer, there is always the fear of “What happens if my computer crashes?” It can be rather pricey to buy a hard drive big enough to back up all your music. Or, you can back it up on the cloud, but after a limited amount of storage you have to pay for that also.

So, if you find yourself with a large collection of CDs that you listen to in your car, or elsewhere, you might also find yourself staring at them for a ridiculous amount of time trying to find the exact one that you are looking for on your way out the door.

Let me help you out. Spend a rainy afternoon, when you are tired of watching TV, putting your music in alphabetical order by first name. It will take a long time, so make sure you have something to drink and maybe take a break and have a snack when you are half-way through. The time you spend will be worth it when you are done, trust me.

Here are a few tips: First, all holiday music gets grouped together and put at the end of whatever shelf/storage unit you are going to put your music on. Next, any group that starts with a number goes at the front before the letter A. If you have a bunch of stuff by an artist, you can put it in order by when it was released, or not. Your choice. Anything that is titled “Greatest Country Hits” or “Collection of Celtic Music” gets grouped together and placed after Z and before holiday music.

So next time you are on your way out the door to visit family and will be spending three hours in the car and thinking you might want to listen to Matchbox 20, REM and a little bit of Bare Naked Ladies, you will know exactly where in your collection to look.

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