your music collection {enough, day 3}

Peeps. I am loving this Enough Experiment. You are making it SO MUCH FUN! Bless your little purging hearts!

If you’re late to the party, NO WORRIES. On May 1, we cast a vision of our de-cluttered homes (and started tossing things). On May 2, we decided that we don’t need more containers; we need to limit our stuff.

Saturdays and Sundays will be short & sweet (and Saturdays are also GIVE-AWAY DAY).

Let’s talk about your music (CDs, cassette tapes? records?). Are you a music lover? Do you have a huge collection? Are there some CDs you’ll probably never listen to ever again?

Have you imported all of them to iTunes anyway??

Today’s Baby Step Challenge:
Go through your music collection. (Put it all in one place if you haven’t already.) Pick 5 CDs to get rid of. Get rid of them.

Today’s Little-Bit-Bigger Challenge:
Go through your music collection. Get rid of a whole bunch of it. Breathe deeply and relish the freed-up space.

Today’s Big Daddy Challenge:
Go through your music collection. Get rid of a whole bunch of it. Sell those CD’s on Facebook and give the money to a great cause.

marlablog2014feb5Today’s Give-Away:

FIVE lucky winners will receive a copy of this beautiful praise & worship album sung in Khmer (the Cambodian language).

Some of our friends are on the album, and we’re so proud of them and all their hard work (and love for Jesus!). This music will bless you. I promise.

ONE lucky winner will also receive a $10 iTunes gift card (in addition to the CD). Woot!

To enter to win: Complete one of today’s challenges, and leave a comment telling me the title of one of the albums you purged.

(if you don’t really have a physical music collection to purge, and you want to enter the give-away, just tell me one of your victories from day 1 or 2.)

Next week on the blog, we’ll tackle: seasonal decor, cards/gift-wrapping supplies, books, and more!

25 thoughts on “your music collection {enough, day 3}

  1. Christine

    I could be wrong, but while it is legal to convert all your CD’s into mp3 files, it is then illegal to sell or give them away afterwards. You are essentially keeping the music for yourself but then allowing someone else to also have it without any additional compensation being received by the artist.

    1. allison

      That is my thought, too. It is difficult to reconcile that, because it is wasteful to toss them, but I don’t want to deliberately do something illegal. if I don’t use the cd itself but still listen to the music, it seems silly to keep the cd.

  2. Amanda

    I’m just getting in on the challenge, but I’ve been doing this particular one the last few months. We’re expecting our first and trying to declutter to make space for all the baby stuff that will soon be invading our house! I plan on giving most of the Christian CDs to friends in my Celebrate Recovery group to lift their spirits. 🙂

      1. Amanda

        Thanks!! We are trying to register for/purchase only the basics, but people love buying cute baby things, so we’ll likely have way more than we need. Planning to give extras to the local pregnancy center to help others out.

  3. allison

    I have purged from my CD collection several times in last year our so, and i thought i was down to bare bones, but I still found 5 to get rid of.

    Question — is it ok to get rid of CDs but keep the mp3s? It seems only slightly better than just borrowing the CD and ripping it. I could totally get rid of a lot more if it is.

    1. Marla Taviano Post author

      That is a really great question. And I don’t really know the answer. I think if you paid for it, it’s different than ripping a CD you didn’t pay for. Make sense?

  4. Ann

    This was liberating. I let go of about a quarter of my collection, and it does give me a breathe easier feeling to see the space created. It was a bit funny to see the wide variety in my collection over the years. The hardest one to let go of was the Best of the Kinks, mostly because of the memories.
    I’m glad books will be a future topic. I tried to purge some of those on day one, but had a very hard time letting go. If you have any tips, I’ll at least give a listen.
    Thanks for the challenges and your positive attitude about how we can do this!

  5. Krysten

    For me, this one was already done. The majority of my music is on my iPod/phone now and besides that I only have about 20 CDs (not in covers) that are all in one zipper pouch thingy in my car. I don’t have a fancy thing in my car to plug my iPod in to so I can jam in my car, so I’m keeping those CDs since they are clutter-free anyway 🙂

    On the subject of media (maybe that’s another day!??) We did throw out everything in our DVD closet last week (except my copy of Forks Over Knives and the collection of all 4 seasons of “The Unit” which is my all-time fave show and can’t be watched on Netflix.) That was pretty dang liberating! I mean, seriously… That’s a WHOLE linen-closet-sized space I won’t even need at the new place!

    1. Marla Taviano Post author

      WOW! That’s crazy!! YES! We’ll be talking about DVDs. Someone shared a really cool tip about that in the comments yesterday (or the day before), so we’ll talk about that too. xoxoxo

  6. Sharon

    As soon as I saw the title of this post, I said, “Ought Oh!” out loud! And my 4 year old, said, “WHAT????” I love, love, love, love, love, love, love music soooo much. All kinds! But, am pretty much a dinosaur. While I did get rid of all my cassette tapes a while back, I still have TONS of CD’s. But, they hardly ever get listened to. The ones in the car are listened to occasionally. On the bookshelf? Not so much. I don’t do iTunes or any fancy stuff like that, oh, I do have music on Amazon, does that count as being modern? Anyways, that’s all besides the point.

    Okay, one title I got rid of was “Romeo and Juliet: Music From the Motion Picture.”

      1. sharon

        Eight so far. But, still going through them all. Found one that I have virtually no recollection of buying. And am pretty sure I only ever listened to the one song on the CD that I knew from hearing it on the radio……………what a waste of money!! (And space).

          1. Sharon

            So by now, I’ve gotten rid of 23 CD’s. Though at least 3 were only singles. But, something is happening. When I went through the CD’s, I was reminded of music I hadn’t heard in a loooong time. And, I was so tempted to listen to the CD’s again and see if there was any reason to hang on to some of them. At first, I avoided doing this and just purged. Well, today I listened to a CD that I probably haven’t listened to in over 5 years. And, I was reminded of the songs on it that I like! Am I gonna keep it? Nah. I can always listen to the music for free (and also clutter free!) on YouTube. See Ya John Mayer!

  7. Rachelle

    Okay. Today I’m not doing so well with the challenge. I have all my cds in a single binder. I recycled the cases and pages long ago. I have them ripped to my computer but I don’t know a market to sell just the discs. I’ll see what I can do. Thank you for the challenge!

    1. Marla Taviano

      Your storage method is definitely clutter-free! If you decide to get rid of some (you might love what’s left even more if you get rid of what you don’t love), you could just throw them away. 😉

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