Organize CD Collection

Taking the time to organize CD collection will not only keep everything looking clean and un-cluttered, but you'll know exactly where to find the CD you're looking for.

First step when you organize CD collection is to bring all the CDs you own to one location where there is enough space to sort them. Decide which ones you want to keep, and which ones can be sold or donated.

First group CDs by content (music, audio books, inspirational or self help, meditation, photos etc.). Music CDs can be divided into groups of instrumental (piano, violin, guitar etc.) and vocal and then by year (80’s , 90’s etc.) or type of music (classical, country, rock, jazz etc.). Store CDs within each category in alphabetical order of the artist or the title whichever you prefer.

Photo CDs can be grouped by person, occasion (wedding, graduation etc.) and year.

Put each CD in a jewel case. If the original case is broken or missing, you can buy spare cases at supermarkets.

You can use colored jewel cases and assign different colors to each type or genre of CDs. This way it is much easier to differentiate them than if they are all the same color.

Use CD storage that is appropriate to your needs to organize CD collection. This could be bookcase, cabinet, drawer units, CD racks, CD tower etc.

When using bookshelf, cabinet or similar unit, put CDs in boxes and label the boxes like "Country: A-C” so that you can utilize the entire height and depth of the shelf/drawer. You can get inexpensive plastic boxes or baskets from super markets or dollar stores for this purpose. Another option is to reuse shoe boxes or shipping boxes. You can stack these boxes to utilize the height of the drawers. Using boxes will make it easier to get to the ones at the back or bottom. You don’t have to take out all CDs in the front (or top), just the box in the front (or top).

Label the shelves/racks if you are keeping the CDs directly on them. You can use an index tab or similar cut to size to separate each genre. Divider tabs have raised edges where you can put labels on. Label it by writing (or printing) genre (“Violin”) or by title/artist (“C” or “B-D”). See if you can arrange the CDs in such a way that the spines with the title are facing you allowing easy identification.

A space saving option to store CDs when you organize CD collection, especially if you have limited drawer space, is a CD Wallet or CD Binder. They come in a variety of sizes (like 24, 112, 320 Disc etc.) and are available at supermarkets. These are very economical and holds a lot of CDs. They take very little space because they are not as bulky as actually keeping the CDs in a case. You can use index tabs that are write-on or with printable inserts to create labels for each category and stick to the edge of the binder pages.

When storing computer software CDs in a CD wallet or binder, put the CD in the sleeve and put the paper cover with the security key / serial number (or cut out just the security key) behind the CD. This way you can pull out the CD on top and you have your security key right behind it without having to go find it in another place. You can also write the security key on the CDs just in case you lose the piece of paper with the security key.

Label the spine of the binder also (like “Piano” or “Jazz”) depending on the type or genre of CDs inside the binder. You can get similar looking binders (but in different colors) for each type or genre of CDs for a clean and unified look.

If you store CDs in different rooms of the house and also in the car, make a list in an Excel sheet or similar of all the CDs you own and where they are kept.

Maintain your results by putting the CD back in its appropriate place when you're done.

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