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    So my girlfriend has been asking that I organize my video game collection a little more neatly for a while and I finally gave in and realized I should organize my stuff better. Currently it is taking up the majority of the second bedroom in our apartment which we'd like to make a guest room. As it stands now most the stuff is organized half assed in cardboard boxes. I'm thinking I should switch to rubbermaid containers or some sort of plastic containers. I'm wondering though should I just bunch everything based on Nintendo, Sega, etc into containers or should I break it up even more and get containers for each system? Any recommendations or opinions would be helpful. Thanks.

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    Is it just games or are you referring to memorabilia?

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    Just games for me. Majority of it is Nintendo and Sega, but I have a little bit of everything.

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    I've had great luck with some slide-out plastic organizer bins that I bought from Lowe's. I got some bins that allows me to place them 1 game deep facing upright. Game systems fit as well. I've got each system broken down to their own containers.

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    Hmm I like the slide out drawer idea the more I think about it. It may be obsessive, but I also plan to make an excel spreadsheet with everything I own on it and take pictures of the more valuable, collectible or rare items.

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    I think someone here created http://www.lovethyshelf.com/ to showcase these kinds of ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xelement5x View Post
    I think someone here created http://www.lovethyshelf.com/ to showcase these kinds of ideas.
    Flack's website.
    Everything in the above post is opinion unless stated otherwise.

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    I have floor to ceiling dvd shelves that the previous tenant had made for his extensive movie collection and rearranged them on opposite sides of my tv in my living room.

    They're deep enough for every cartridge I own and even the sorter ones(famicom, gen, MS, etc.) Don't get lost like they would on a regular bookshelf.
    Games are no fun in boxes, get those things on display!
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    No one appreciates displayed games more than I do, for practical and aesthetic reasons, but chances are your s/o would appreciate the guest room being a guest room, and not a full fledged game room. If you're compromising, and need to meet her half way, pullout storage bins are a good way to go. But an important thing, IMO, whether you use vertical pullout cabinet style bins, or simple, large, lidded style storage bins, you should really consider getting transparent storage units. If you actually use this stuff and the goal is functional, accessible storage, you'll definitely want to be able to see what you have in there without having to go through several drawers and lids whenever to want to find something. If you or your s/o don't care to see the contents of your storage units and you decide to go with opaque units, consider labeling them.

    I find that the better you keep/store/maintain your games, the more you'll want to actually play and enjoy them.
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    Hmm thanks for the tips everyone, especially Megas, sounds like maybe you've dealt with this before? I agree I like the idea of games being on display for people but with our apartment setup, there isn't a lot of room shelving. The games definitely get used. My original plan was to get pull out style, clear drawers and make labels for each drawer so I can save time when I'm looking for something. I think you may be right about wanting to play more once everything is stored properly. As it is now I'm having a blast inventorying everything, to be honest half the stuff I'm running across I forgot I had. I grabbed a random SNES game handful and had Megaman X, Megaman X2, Chrono Trigger and Donkey Kong Country. Then I found some NES childhood favorites like Sky Shark and Urban Champion. Good times.

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