I have a considerable sized CD collection. Its quite big, not as big as Rob Fleming’s in High Fidelity (Rob Gordon if you only know the film) but I’d estimate at around 250 to 270 CDs. I also have a fair sized book collection and DVDs too!
I enjoy collecting CDs. I love the way that you can hand one to somebody and ask them to “put on track 5”. I love that when you buy them, you actually have something. I like the cover notes. I like having a lot of them and looking through my collection.
But, recently, something has occurred to me. Are these CDs cluttering up my life, they take up space, effort to put on and keep organised and tidy. Also, they’re sapping my money; I can easily spend surplus of twenty pounds per month on new CDs (and new old CDs) and regularly do, when I could be spending less on MP3s (iTunes) or even less on a subscription service like Spotify.
Do I need an analogue declutter? I could sell my CDs (something that I looked into last year and could get on average £1 per CD), books and DVDs which could free up some cash, time and indeed, space and live digitally forevermore.
After all, you can’t buy VHS tapes (or, more importantly, VHS players) anymore…
Obviously, I wouldn’t be actually selling the music, no, most of that is already in my iTunes library anyway and any CDs that aren’t can be added. So what would I actually be getting rid of? Just the physical, tactile CDs that you can hold and have. But I would still have the music and that is their worth anyway isn’t it?
Over the next few weeks I’m going to consider this further, looking into how much I could actually get for my CDs, what I could do with the money and how it will impact my life.
Please add your thoughts in the comments below, tweet me @jamiethecoles or email firstname.lastname@example.org because I’d love to hear your thoughts.