I honestly get stressed when I look at the 8 storage boxes of CDs in my basement. Each box currently has 3 rows of CDs and then empty space above. 24 rows of CDs.
The irony that it would all fit in lossless quality on maybe a 3 terabyte hard drive, taking up about the size of a toaster, is not lost on me. This is an antique way of storing music, and it’s a pain in the ass.
So I’m going to double up the contents of each box. I can fit 6 rows of CDs into them — 3 rows on top layer, 3 rows on bottom layer. Even though they’ll be difficult to add new CDs to, I believe it is the right thing to do.
I’m going to use the existing metal bins (“cd racks”) for the bottom 3 rows, and lightweight plastic bins for the top 3, since the top doesn’t need the structural integrity as much — the bashing of boxes occurs mainly on the lower corners, where the metal rows will be of most use.
I’d found some extremely flimsy plastic bins before, which I found again, on ebay in fact, for cheap. They arrive as a sheet, and you have to fold them up to make into a box shape. Really flimsy but it will be fine for the top rows.
I am forced to deal with this because I’ve been adding CDs to my collection for a few years now, and every row is starting to become too densely packed. It can’t be good for CDs to be crushed against each other. The only way for them to relax their space is to reshuffle them — creating perhaps 27 rows from the current 24 rows. So, if I’m reshuffling them, and I don’t want to end up with MORE boxes, I may as well make the effort worth it by making everything fit in fewer boxes by doubling the layers.
Mind you all of this density is occurring even though I throw away the jewel cases. These are CDs in plastic envelopes, with the liner art preserved.