Cleaning up the vinyl collection

vinyl collection in crates

vinyl collection in cratesThis past week has been all about reorganizing and de-cluttering my life. Namely getting the heavy items of my life, books and vinyls, into a more manageable quantity. One of my more obsessive habits is getting vinyl records whenever the opportunity presents itself. During Record Store Day on April 20 I spent money in East Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Detroit record stores getting nearly 30 records and thoroughly taxing my credit card. With that last purchase I eclipsed the 270 total for my record collection and filling my converted bookcase/DJ station, so it was time to organize. So with a single Sunday last week I set out to thoroughly catalog all of my records by artist, album, condition of case and vinyl, and genre. I created my own spreadsheet and quite literally worked my way through all the disorganization that had amassed over the past year. Rediscovering a few serious gems I had forgotten, alphabetizing each crate by genre and cleaning too many records to count I was finally able to get down to under 200 records I wanted to keep.

the records I'm getting rid of That did mean a total of 74 records are heading to the store and then reuse center. Most of them are in fair condition with some I hope to sell, “King Heroin” by DJ Jazzy Jeff might be the oddest find I’m parting with – something about Jazz doing a PSA record is just too weird. That being said if anyone is hoping to get some records I will part with these for little to nothing even if you’re needing them for art projects or the like. I’m happy to say that I cataloged ever record now and am about to undertake the even more daunting task of organizing my much larger digital collection. I’ve mindlessly backed up and lost so many songs and albums that I have trouble even remembering what albums I still need to find again and the ones I have multiple copies. Books and clothes are the next projects as I try to sell old speakers, a bookcase and finally my first CDJ mixer/turntable unit. I’m ready to push myself to get as minimal as possible in anticipation of the move to Detroit and I can’t wait to start the next chapter freshly organized.

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