Dirt and Dust are the Enemy

I keep dozens, if not hundreds, of audio recordings archived in my laptop. You may be surprised to hear that I also have tangible recordings in the form of CDs in my personal collection. I like to arrange them by topic and the person speaking. If it pertains to music, I cross sort by artist, title, and genre. I have a system that is recorded in a log so I can find something fast when I need it. Everything is numbered to make this work. I love the way computers can do this in seconds. That’s why we have them. They organize our lives when your tasks and responsibilities get onerous.

Meanwhile, I have to attend to my vast collection sitting on wooden shelves. Everything gets dusty and no matter how often I get out my top rated canister vacuum and attach the right brush nozzle, it all comes back again. Plus, it is madness to see dirty fingerprints on the CDs, especially the jewel cases. So while my vacuum is my partner in cleanliness, I also use cotton archival gloves and at least handle them with clean-washed hands. By the way, I use the vacuum to dust off the laptop when I run out of that cold aerosol spray that works so well.

No one likes to clean on a regular basis, not their home, the bathrooms, the kitchen, or the garage. But when you have a collection and you use it frequently or show it to others, it pays to keep everything neat and tidy. Your precious stuff can deteriorate if you don’t show it some love and affection.

Any collection will benefit from attention, not just CDs, although most people have lots of movies at home. I have been given tips such as using a hand vac with attachments (not just an ordinary dustbuster) for quick jobs. The canister has more power as a rule, so I am going to stick to my practice. Wiping each CD or DVD after use with a soft anti-static cloth is important before putting it into its protective case. Remember everyone: dust and dirt are the enemy.

When you want to start amassing many examples of some particular item, you first have to find the space, whether in your home or office. It can be simple wood shelves, storage boxes (thorough clean), baskets, or plastic containers with lids. You can use a Brother P-touch machine to generate peel-off labels to mark your selected storage method. Now you are a bona fide collector. I suggest keeping your collection in one place and not dispersing it here and there which impairs fast access. Keep the gloves and cleaning cloth close by as mentioned above. The vacuum will no doubt be elsewhere. Pick the same day of the week to do the chore so you can follow a schedule. This way you won’t forget the last time you attended to your items. God forbid you should do it too often.