Gather your CDs, vinyl records, and MP3s. It’s time for the November 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month, we are focusing on music. Many of us love music. We listen to it to relax, we enjoy it when we are happy or sad, and we also listen to it as background noise throughout the day. This love of music can and often does lead to large collections of CDs or an overwhelmingly large digital music file on our devices. It’s time to tame that collection, remove those songs and albums we no longer listen to, and limit the music clutter in our homes.
November 2021 Use It Up Challenge
What is the Use It Up Challenge?
This is a monthly decluttering challenge that focuses on using the items instead of simply getting rid of them. This helps to reduce waste and also gets your money worth out of those items. Each month, a new category is chosen and we will focus on that category all month long. However, you don’t have to stop once that month ends. Keep decluttering and using up those items all year long. It will have a huge impact on your home and life at the end of the year.
If you are joining in, be sure to share your progress on social media using #IHUseItUp. I’d love to see how everyone is getting along with the challenge.
Where to start
Dig out all those CDs, vinyl records, and open the files where all your MP3s live. Be sure to check your vehicles, closets, and other hiding places for any rogue CDs that may be lurking about.
Do a quick sorting of what you have found. Those CDs or vinyl that you regularly listen to shall go in the keep pile. Those you are uncertain of will go in a second pile. Anything that is damaged to the point it is unusable should be disposed of properly.
For digital music, you will need to go through your files, ensure all are working properly in order to properly sort through them. Don’t forget about your phones or MP3 players while doing this, to ensure all music kept on those is what you want to listen to.
How to use it up
Turn on your speakers or throw on headphones and start listening! That is the easiest way to complete this challenge. You may find yourself being reacquainted with songs you loved but have forgotten about. Of course, you may also find your taste in music has changed over the years, and what you used to love you no longer enjoy. That’s okay.
As you listen to music you can delete the songs you no longer enjoy if they are in digital form, or put that CD in a pile if it no longer matches your tastes in music. However, if you love those songs, go ahead and add those CDs back onto the shelf.
Once you have it all sorted out, you need to decide what to do with the CDs or vinyl records you no longer want. Some may argue that CDs are a thing of the past and aren’t worth much. However, I am one of those people that think otherwise and still see the value in them. Whether you sell, donate, or trash those unwanted CDs is up to you, but I would recommend avoiding the latter if at all possible. In the end, make sure you are working towards removing what you no longer need or use from your home.
Remember, you can always rip CDs into a digital format. That way, you still have access to those songs but don’t have to worry about finding a place to keep all those CDs.
What I’ll be using up
To be perfectly honest, I have already gone over my music collection in the past. I have a small number of CDs left in the house and they are ones I listen to regularly. As far as my digital music goes, it is in a similar state as my CDs. I only keep the songs I listen to on my computer and remove the rest. However, I will be going through them all once again to ensure that what I am keeping will be songs that I will listen to at present as well as in the future.
Are you participating in the November 2021 Use It Up Challenge?