Each year, instead of making a New Year’s Resolution, I do two things: I choose a theme for the year, and I choose a project for the year.
This year’s project is one I’ve dubbed The CD Project.
It’s simple: over the course of this year, I want to listen to every CD we own. Every one, every song.
You’d think that I should have already done this, since we own all these CDs. But when my husband and I got married nearly 10 years ago, we not only merged our substantial book libraries, we merged our music libraries as well. And I have to admit, I haven’t listened to all his Burning Spear and Joe Ely. It’s also been literally years since many of the CDs I brought to our marriage have seen the light of day. So it’s time to take stock of what we’ve got and see if any of it needs to move on down the road to someone else.
The process I’m using for this project is pretty simple: I took all the CDs off our shelves and put them in a box. A big box. Then I pull one from the box and put it in the player. I play it. At the end of the CD I make a decision about it:
1. Keep it for sure. If this is the decision, I put it back in its case and stick it on the shelves I’ve just cleared.
2. Like it but don’t need to keep the physical CD. I put these in a pile of CDs to be ripped, and when I have spare time in the evenings, I rip the CDs and then put them in the Perpetual Library Donation Bag (PLDB. What, you don’t have one of these and don’t use this acronym? Really? I’ll let you in on the secret: It’s a reusable cloth shopping bag that hangs out in or near our front closet. Things that need to go to the library go in this bag, so they’re easy to gather when I make my twice-monthly library trip).
3. Don’t like it, don’t want to keep it. I put these back in their cases and put them at my husband’s place at the dining room table, so he can take a look at them when he gets home from work. If he doesn’t want to keep them, they go into the PLDB. If he does want to keep them, back on the shelf they go.
One of my main housekeeping goals is: Love what you’ve got. If you don’t love it, you shouldn’t have it. This project is helping me with that.