If you have accumulated thousands of vinyl records over the years and continues to acquire more, you need to organize. Knowing how to organize your collection correctly will give you easy access to the record you want to play. In addition, it will also allow you to protect the integrity of your vinyl.
Thus, ensuring they will last for a long time. If you are not sure how to organize your record collection, then the guidelines discussed below would be of great help.
Factors to Remember about Vinyl Record Storage
It is important that you what to do and what to avoid in terms of record storage. This way you can guarantee that you are not causing more damage to your vinyl.
- Temperature of the Room: Keep in mind that heat will cause molds to grow on your vinyl. In addition, it will also cause its surface to become warped. If placed in extremely hot area, the vinyl records might even melt. The best course of action is to place your collection in a room that is cool and dry. Ideally, the room should be 65 to 70 degrees.
- Proximity to Sources of Heat: Maintaining the storage room temperature at 65-70 degrees is not enough. It is also important to ensure that your collection is exposed directly to a source of heat. Wherever you place your record collection, make sure it is not exposed to direct sunlight, radiators, or any machine that emits heat. As mentioned, heat could cause irreparable damage to your vinyl records.
- Placement: One of the things that a record collector should never ever do is to pile up records. Their collective weight will compress the record and cause serious damage. If you have several records, then make sure you place them in an upright position. This way, you are not putting pressure on the vinyl that could scratch or warp their surface.
- Sleeve Maintenance: It is important that you keep your records free from dust or any kinds of dirt, to ensure that they play well. Every once in a while, inspect the sleeve of each vinyl in your collection. If the sleeve have any signs of deterioration like mold formation, then it is best to replace it with a new one. The damage in the sleeve might contaminate the record, which will eventually lead to its destruction.
Organizing Your Records
There are different ways to organize records. It is already up to you what method to use, as long as it gives you convenience.
- Alphabetical Order: This is the most straightforward method of vinyl record cataloguing. Basically, you arrange them base on the alphabet. For artists using a full name, arrange them base on their surname. If the band or group name starts with “The”, arrange them in this format (Band Name, The). For example; if you have record of The Smiths, you catalogue them as Smiths, The. With this kind of arrangement, you can easily find the specific artist or band you want to listen to.
- Arrangement by Genre: In this organizing method, you put together vinyl records based on the genre of the song they contain. If you love how record bars organize their records, then this is perfect for you. With this, you can easily find records that suits your mood at the moment.
- Combination: If you want to find the artists and the genre of songs you want to play with ease, then consider combining alphabetical and genre arrangements. Start by sorting records by genre, once you are done, you can arrange the records in each genre alphabetically. This is the recommended method if you want to your records to be highly organized.
Use Apps Designed for Music Organizing
Consider downloading music organizing software. This is useful if you want to keep track of your record collection, especially if you are still getting new ones. Aside from listing the name of the album, you can also use the app to record all the important details about the album. Wherever you go, you can easily browse if you already have a copy of the vinyl record you are planning to buy.
Finding a Container
The most obvious choice for most people is the crate. It is a practical choice because a crate ca carry a considerable amount of records, and you can move them easily. If you are creative, you can use other things to store your collection. Check some DIY websites, to get some idea what items you could transform to a vinyl container.
If you have a massive collection of vinyl records, then consider getting a bookshelf. Be sure to add compartments at regular intervals in order to decrease the pressure between the records once you put them there. Magazine racks would also make a good record container, but they tend to occupy more space and they can only carry a limited number of records. Unused drawers could be repurposed as a vinyl record container, given that it has enough space.
The best thing about organizing your record collection is you can turn it to house decor. The sight of a well-organized collection of vinyl records has a unique aesthetic. Aside from that, storing your collection in an organized manner will ensure that you can listen to the artists you fancy without wasting time searching for the record in a messy pile of vinyl. Depending on the size of your collection, organizing might take you around two to three days.