This is sort of a follow-on blog to my blog of yesterday in which I made a compact with myself to downsize, minimize, and simplify my life.
To put that into action, I decided today that I would go through my CD collection and get rid of as many of them as I could stomach doing. I should preface all this by saying that there is no earthly reason why I should be hanging onto them at all. I have ripped them all onto my hard drive and can listen to them any time I want. Furthermore, the CDs themselves have for years been packed away on a nearly-inaccessible shelf in my home office closet. In all that time I have only had to get to them once or twice, and that was usually to add even more CDS to the pile after I’d bought and ripped to my hard drive.
For some inexplicable reason, we can form emotional attachments to these little plastic disks and their beautiful jewel cases and colorful inserts. As I went through the stacks, I encountered the very first CD I ever bought back in the late 1980s (America’s “View From the Ground”, which was one of my favorite vinyl albums from my college days). There were CDs I’d received as gifts from friends and family members. There were CDs that I listened to for hours on end at various points of my life and that are now indelibly associated with those times. There were CDs that had taken me decades to find and buy (for example, Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” or Harry Chapin’s “Verities and Balderdash”). So, for some irrational reason, it is hard to part with them.
Do I need those disks to be able to listen to that music? No. I do not. But they are like photos of periods of my life now long since past. It is hard to bring myself to get rid of them.
But I did it. Sort of.
I dug all the CDs down out of the closet. I didn’t count them, but I estimate there are about 700+ CDs. I went through them one by one and said “yes” or “no” and put them in the corresponding pile. This system broke down a little when I got to my Yes CDs (particularly “Tales From Topographic Oceans”), but I was soon able to recover and move on.
Again, I did not count them all, but I estimate that I put about 300 CDs in the “get rid of” pile and about 400 in the “keep” pile. So, my efforts to cut my collection down to a manageable 50 or 100 CDs was a failure. But … I am getting rid of about 300 of them, and that is a good start. Maybe in a few months I can get rid of another 2 or 3 hundred.
Here are the ones I’m getting rid of.
Here are the ones I’m keeping.
They are just in this shelf temporarily (and, yes, alphabetized by artist). Tomorrow they go back into the closet. I will try again in a few months to whittle them down to a mere 50 or 100 … or preferably zero.
Next up on my to-do list of things to get rid of …. my massive book collection! Will Biff be strong enough to do this? Stay tuned and find out!