This instructable will give a detailed description of how to organize large selection of jumbled vinyl records. I've gone through this process with my own record collection many times as well as with others.
After completing this process you will not only be able to find any record in your collection with ease, but you will have a firmer understanding and appreciation for the music you have gathered or inherited over the years.
Not much is needed to complete these tasks, just a certain amount of time and care.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Materials
1. Medium to large sized collection of records. There is no point in organizing if you only have 10-20 records in your collection, as you can easily keep them all in one box.
2. Crates. Plastic or wooden crates are needed to hold your records once you have them divided up. Some people have shelving units that work great as well. (DO NOT stack records flat on top of each other, this will eventually cause damage to the disc)
3. Basic to advanced knowledge of the alphabet. This will come in handy when you need to alphabetize by group name. If you need help in this department, consult your local kindergarten teacher.
4. Some knowledge of musical genres and where bands fall into them. This can become difficult if you are organizing records you've never listened to, in which case consult the internet. (Ex. Led Zeppelin vs. Herbie Hancock. What genre is each?)
5. Lots of time...