It doesn’t matter if you just really love music and have a lot of kit or studio space that you use for work. Aside from a love of music, there is one more thing that everyone has in common, and that is the need for organization.
Perhaps you have a separate room where you keep your stack of records, CDs, headphones, and other fun music-related gadgets. Or maybe you have a small studio setup, mixing desk, amps, and more stacked up, and it’s giving you nightmares.
Here are some quick tips that you can use to keep your space ship-shape and enjoy the best music listening or creating an experience.
Cleaning & Decluttering
Perhaps the very first step to having a cool, calm, and enjoyable space is cleaning it up and getting rid of the mess. Snacking, cups of coffee, opening new gadgets, and leaving old ones on the side to gather dust is a recipe for disaster.
Not only can these things cause havoc with your electrical items, but they also encourage pests. And there is no going back once mice start nibbling at your wires.
Decluttering your space can be more difficult for those who are natural collectors and use the space creatively. Because you likely want to hold on to the wire, a slightly out-of-date piece of tech, or the backup ‘just in case.’
A clean, decluttered space will make it easier to find what you are looking for when you need it. If you can’t bear to part with anything, then you need to make sure that you have storage that is up to the task!
Computer wires, record player wires, amp wires, speaker wires, headphone wires, extension cables, and so much more can make wires messy.
The first wire that gets looped together might be left ignored, but it won’t be long before another wire joins the party.
One of the first things you can do is to make sure that you have all of the plugs and wires labeled. This will help you to grab everything you need quickly and easily.
A good cable management system isn’t always easy to create, but it is something that can make a huge difference in how easy they are to keep in good order.
Cables can often be something that limits how you can move around in a studio or just for listening purposes. So something you can invest in is an audio cable organizer.
If you use your computer to create music or listen to your music exclusively through your computer, it will need to have regular cleaning. Streaming services lighten the load incredibly for those who only listen to music.
But if you are listening to a record player and have it running through amps and into speakers, this is less of an issue.
It is when creating podcasts, recording tracks, and creating beats that your computer risks getting clogged up, and you risk quickly losing track of your tracks!
So computer organization is part and parcel of having an easy and enjoyable experience.
Set some time aside to go through your files and look for those that are large and unused, things that can be moved to an HDD or deleted.
Create a filing system that makes sense to you, and decide which applications you need, delete everything you don’t need.
When you head to your setup, what do you reach for first? What about the second? How is your process? Are your gear and furniture set up in the best and most efficient way so that you can get down to creating or listening at speed?
Most likely, you put things in a place that looks good, and while that is important, it is more important that you can use the room in the way that suits you best.
So next time you are heading in there to work, or play, pay attention to how you move around the room. What’s the distance between where you sit and the dials you need to change?
Move things around so that they make the most sense to how they are used, not how they look.
One of the most important ways that you can keep your gear neat is to have a weekly routine where you take the time to make sure that everything is where it is supposed to be.
As an added bonus, it is a great idea to organize all of your records, CDS, and other music too!
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