Organization Inspiration: Media Storage

For the audiophile enthusiasts getting really into vinyl, or the media collector (hoarder?), the question is: where do you put it all?

There are multiple routes to go, depending on how organizationally capable you are or want to be.

• If you can pull off pairing down, store away the bulk of your collection in cabinets, drawers or furniture with doors, and put out your favorites in stacks. Rotate out the media you're not listening to or watching as your interests shift.

• Get holders, binders, boxes, bins, baskets. Who says it's all got to be showing? If you prefer the neater look of boxes and magazine holders, invest in sturdy models of the same color for an organized, congruent look. Muji and The Container Store are good places to start.

• The vertical nature of your space is your friend. Take advantage of floor-to-ceiling shelving units, either of the industrial nature or by way of IKEA. The EXPEDIT has been known to fit records perfectly, and the Billy is specialized for books, DVDs, and CDs.

• Invest in custom built book shelves to house all of it: books, CDs, DVDs, your TV, your sound system. If you take your collection seriously, this might be the way to go.

These examples range from custom-neurotic-organization to the verging-on-messy style. How do you store your media? What style do you prefer?

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