A big part of my personal Journey to Simple has been about focusing on appreciating what I already have. My family, my time, my health, my awesome dog, and my possessions. In my efforts to edit and and to get rid of the excess, I started to stumble upon unused items throughout the house. Some items were easy to part with, while others where like finding forgotten treasures. One example of a long lost and neglected treasure, was our CD collection.
Ok, it wasn’t lost at all. In fact, all of our CDs had been in plain sight on a shelf in the basement. Most of them had been sitting there since we moved in to our current home, and many of them had not been listened to in over a decade. In one of my more ambitious attempts to Edit and Forget It, I looked at the shelf full of unloved musical gems and I made the immediate decision to do three things:
- Transfer all of the music to my computer – easy access makes it more likely that I will listen to the music
- Donate all of the CDs to a thrift store so that more people can enjoy them – this also has the dual purpose of getting additional clutter out of the house
- Actually listen to the music that I own – taking action towards my simplicity goal of appreciating what I have
*Warning* Getting rid of clutter while simultaneously reconnecting with the beloved soundtrack of your life will provide more joy than you expect!
I could not have anticipated how enjoyable the process of going through the CDs ended up being. Music is one of the simplest pleasures that we have available to us; appreciating music is a lifelong hobby requiring very little commitment and no there is no skill needed on our part. Memories of my childhood love for musicals, my enjoyment of folk music, and the attempt I once made to enjoy classical music were revived. I enjoyed the process of going through the music. Thanks to the computer, I am much more likely to continue listening for years to come. Keep in mind, digitizing your music library will take time (it took me an entire day to do about 200 albums). I put on the Lord of The Rings trilogy and started to upload the CDs one by one. After each album was finished being added to iTunes, I put it directly into a box headed for the thrift store. I delivered my box to the thrift store the following day. I liberated myself of some physical things while retaining what I originally loved about those things – all in two days.
The simple decision to take action on a forgotten treasure has helped me to appreciate what I have, which is a step forward on my Journey to Simple. Based on personal experience, I can say that the best time for you to reconnect with your music library is today!
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