Parents of college students: Time to declutter, including CDs

Convert CDs into digital music that can be listened to anywhere.

Kids leaving for college is a huge change for everyone. New college freshmen are most likely living away from home for the first time, and their daily routines will be different. Parents will deal with the effects of having their kids leave to become young adults.

Material lives will change. College students can typically bring a fraction of the possessions they own into their new space. In many cases, parents are left with stuff. Loads and loads of it. It might seem ambitious to want to tackle sorting and downsizing everything, but it’s really not.

You can do small decluttering projects instead of visualizing everything as one incredibly huge and looming task ahead of you. Choose one small thing to start: like a CD collection that ‘s been building up.

Luckily there’s a way to declutter CDs that college students leave behind, without losing the music on them and the investment made in purchasing them. Murfie will store music CDs and convert them into digital files that can be listened to anywhere on phones, computers, and other devices.

Simply order a Shipping Kit from Murfie to get started. You’ll receive a box sized for your collection, plus tape and a return label. While your CDs are stored at Murfie, they will always remain your property, and you can have them returned at any time.

Decluttering your home and freeing up shelf space frees up the mind as well. Without CDs on your hands, you can focus on your next decluttering project and have music to listen to as you do it. Contact us to learn more!

Spring Cleaning Checklist: Music Collection

Spring is almost here…the official first day is March 20th! I know that most folks—especially us in Wisconsin—have been looking forward to this for months!

Spring cleaning has become a yearly tradition all over the world. It’s an opportunity to open the windows and shake the dust off everything in the house from top to bottom. It’s therapeutic—beneficial for your mind and physical health, for all kinds of reasons.

Don’t overlook your music collection when you spring clean this year. Your CDs and vinyl deserve to be checked, re-assessed, and re-organized. You may not have noticed how much your collection has grown over time, piece by piece. Here are some tips for how to sell the titles you no longer want, and breathe new life into your old favorites!

CDs

white_square_yellowDownsize. Figure out which titles are just taking up space since you don’t listen to them anymore. Order a seller’s kit to sell CDs to Murfie members, or sell your CDs directly to Murfie. You’ll earn money from each sale that can be cashed out or used in the marketplace.

white_square_yellowDigitize. Send your remaining collection to Murfie, where it will be ripped and uploaded to your personal account for high quality downloads and streams. Stream your music on the web, our apps for iOS and Android, Sonos, and even more devices. Download your music in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC to listen offline.

white_square_yellowDeclutter. Store your discs at Murfie and free up some space. Enjoy anytime/anywhere digital access to your music. Your collection will always remain yours, we’re just storing it for you along with any album art you send—and you can request your physical collection back anytime!

Vinyl 

white_square_yellowClean. Those ol’ vinyl records can become quite dusty over the years. If you send them to Murfie, we’ll use our multi-brush wet cleaning system to remove any dust that might be damaging the quality of your records.

white_square_yellowDigitize. After we clean and digitize your records, you can enjoy streaming on all your devices, and downloads in various formats. We remove pops, clicks, and background noise. Get started by ordering a vinyl kit.

white_square_yellowDeclutter. Just as we store CDs, we’ll safely store any vinyl records you leave with us while you enjoy convenient digital access. Don’t forget, they always remain yours—so request them back whenever you want!

Get organized this spring, and give your collection the cloud treatment it deserves! Get an instant quote for digitization on our CD shipping kit page and vinyl shipping kit page. As for the CDs you don’t want to hang on to anymore, order a seller’s kit to get ’em outta your house asap!

CD shipping kit
Vinyl shipping kit
Seller’s kit

Declutter Your CD Collection

Decluttering your home, your office, and any other space you occupy is proven to reduce stress. It frees up time for you to do other things, and it gives you more mental clarity.

People with cluttered spaces spend more time looking for things, and sometimes they are even antisocial, afraid to let friends and family see the piles of mess they’ve created.

The task of decluttering your house can seem overwhelming. Where do you start? When will you ever be finished? There are some tricks we can share based on experience—and the thing to remember is that even when you accomplish the task of decluttering, you need to maintain your state of non-clutter!

The first trick to decluttering your home is to pick a single room to start, or certain area of the room if that’s easier for you—and we at Murfie would recommend starting with your old CD collection!

How many CDs have you accumulated over the years, and where are they located? In piles on your desk? On shelves? In plastic bins in your basement or attic, under your bed, or in your closet? What if you could still keep the music from all those CDs you bought, but get the physical clutter out of your life?

If you send your CDs to Murfie, we’ll store them on our shelves for you. We’ll rip your entire collection and post it to your online account where it’s available for you to stream and download. Your CDs will always remain yours, unless you decide you don’t want them anymore—in which case you can sell them to make some cash, or trade them away for other albums you would prefer to have.

With Murfie, you can give your old CD collection new life by upgrading it to the 21st century. Stream your CDs anywhere you go with our iOS and Android apps, and in any web browser with our Web Player right on the site. Into home listening systems? Check out our partnership with Sonos, and listen on any of their devices too. Murfie’s streaming is set at 320kbps—which is the best quality streaming that mp3 provides—and you don’t need to pay a subscription for it. I think the word you’re looking for here is….huzzah!

The simple fact that you actually own the CDs you send to Murfie, and any additional CDs you buy in our marketplace, allows you to have unparalleled access to your music. If downloads are your thing, rest easy knowing that you can download your collection in mp3, aac, or lossless formats FLAC and ALAC. Heck, if you want those files on a hard drive, we’ll even do that for you too.

It’s true—decluttering does wonders, as does seeing what once was a bulky bin of discs now displayed on the screen of your iPad, easy searchable and instantly playable. Visit our site and find out what the buzz is all about—and check out a service that’s perfectly fitted for audiophiles, declutterers, and music-lovers all around. :-)

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What up, Murfie Disc Bank?

At Murfie your CDs don’t go in a black box, nor a cardboard box, nor any sort of box. We don’t store your precious cargo in some corner room bin. Au contraire, my friends, au contraire.

We endeavor to be as transparent as possible with how we process and store your CD collections. Every disc you keep at Murfie HQ is your property, and we take that very seriously. We’ve worked hard to ensure your property remains safe and sound in our facility.

Here’s an inside look at our handling & storage of your music CDs:

  1. Your shipping kit arrives at Murfie HQ. We add it to our “processing” queue and shoot you a heads-up email.
  2. We process your collection and post each of your discs to your Murfie account for you view, manage and access.
  3. Lastly, we place your collection in your designated shelf area (snug as a bug!) in our “disc bank” room.

What’s a “disc bank”? Watch this video…

Read this…

…if you’re scared stiff of remote CD storage

Don’t be afraid of us. Don’t be afraid of sending us your CDs and storing them in our secure facility. Don’t be afraid of accessing rips and downloads of your CDs. But do be afraid, very afraid, of becoming a hoarder.

If you’re on the borderline of becoming a bona fide “person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use,” read this blog post by Leo Babauta, creator and writer of Zen Habits. It’s about learning how to get rid of things and freeing yourself of extra burdens. For us music lovers, the best section is on “Reducing Clutter,” so I’ve posted it below. Read it, and then recite this three times: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Lose the dead weight

Your CD collection is too heavy

Did you know that 10 CDs weigh approximately 2 pounds? That means, if you do the math, 100 CDs weigh 20 pounds. And 300 CDs weigh 60 pounds. And face it, most of y’all have at least 300 discs lurking in some nook and cranny of your home.

But losing weight, 60 pounds of weight, takes strength, courage, and confidence. Lucky for you, I’ve got some inspirational songs to help you out. If you lack motivation, I highly recommend that you give ’em a listen. They’re pretty much all from training or fight montages in 80s movies, or they’re just straight-up 80s songs. (Go figure.)

But beware. They are frighteningly powerful, and you’ll have enough fist pumps to last the entire day.

Ride into the danger zone.
Turn me loose.
It’s the eye of the tiger.
Nothing’s gonna stop us now.
I need a hero.
Don’t stop believing.
Oh we’re not gonna take it.
You’re the best around.
Take me where the future’s lying.

For the frugal music lover

10 things to do with your old CDs

Yeah, yeah, “they” say CDs are a thing of the past. Fair enough. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion. But let’s get real. Lots of us still warehouse sprawling compact disc collections. And lots of us don’t like acting as babysitter.

So, what the heck are we supposed to do with the plastic little buggers making Jenga towers in our closets and attics? Some suggestions…

1) Make an ornament. No tree is complete without a little sparkle.
2) Use as a coaster. One can never have enough coasters.
3) Make a disco ball. Bring.back.disco.fever.
4) Use as a compact mirror. Beauty is everything.
5) Make a Murf-wolf. They are the coolest species ever. Since the liger, that is.
6) Use as a frisbee. Face it, you were never that accurate anyway.
7) Make a suncatcher. Way more classy than a mother of pearl one.
8) Use as a shuffleboard disc. Don’t try this on a cruise ship. Unofficial shuffleboard equipment judged…harshly.
9) Make wallpaper. I don’t have a good reason. My bad.
10) Use as a driveway reflector. Impress your neighbors with unparalleled creativity.

Of course, you can always just send ’em to Murfie.