Ideas for Storing 1000 CDs in Super Small Apartment?

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Q: My husband collects books, records, and CDs. After years of trying to streamline, we still have two ten foot tall bookcases filled a couple rows deep with books and three mismatched CD racks scattered throughout the apartment, each holding at least 250 CDs, not to mention a couple hundred more stashed in various drawers:

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The problem is that we live in a tiny, narrow tenement apartment. I've been working hard to de-clutter and to cultivate a home that feels cozy but not cramped. I'm able to tell myself that crowded bookcases give our place character, and I had a custom wood bench made to store our vinyl, but the CDs on top of all that just seems like too much. I've brought up the idea of digitizing his collection or ditching the jewel boxes and switching over to a binder system, but my husband is completely against this.

I love the idea of using a card catalogue cabinet (like here), but I don't think we have the space for such a big piece, and most of the other creative options I've seen online only hold a couple hundred CDs tops. Any other ideas? Please help!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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