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How Do You Organize Your Media?

Remember in the film <em>High Fidelity</em> when John Cusack’s character, a Chicago record store owner in a spiral of depression over his most recent breakup, decides to organize his record collection in “autobiographical order”? It’s a great scene in which he describes how that works; how each album is arranged according to its relationship with the arc of his life – a novel idea that would probably cause more nostalgic heartbreak than any person would care to experience. But, it does raise the question of what really is the best way to organize media. Maybe there is no “best” way, but there are certainly lots of options and maybe one of them will inspire you to reexamine your <a title="Entertainment Storage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/entertainment-storage_3170.html" target="_blank">media storage</a>: <strong>Alphabetical</strong> High Fidelity co-star Todd Louiso ridicules this as a method of organization and we can’t blame him. It’s so uninspiring! And boring! But, it is effective. There’s no getting around that. When you want something fast, finding it is easy enough when it’s in alphabetic order. <strong>Genre</strong> This tried and true organization method is also somewhat nostalgic, reminding us of the bygone days of video rental stores and CD shops. True, we still have bookstores and they continue to adhere to this organization strategy, but it still has its limitations. <strong>Genre-Alphabet Combo  </strong> Now, we’re getting somewhere. This is definitely a step up from the standard methods in terms of organizational efficiency and is just a more impressive way of doing things. It’s really the first in this list that truly rises above just throwing all your stuff in a pile in the corner of the living room. <strong>Chronological</strong> This is advanced territory; a realm typically occupied by aficionados and collectors. Simply put, you have to know more about your media than what’s printed on the cover. It takes work, but it also makes quite a statement about your appreciation of the medium in question. <strong>Color</strong> This is obviously more about art and presentation than about organization. You might need extra time to find that <em>SpongeBob</em> DVD when the kids start to freak out, but maybe it’ll be worth it. <strong>Artist Degrees of Separation</strong> Kevin Bacon has demonstrated (albeit unintentionally) that everyone in the entertainment industry is linked to everyone else and artful organizers can use this fact to create categories based on those relationships. For example, if you’re using Nirvana as a core music category, it could also contain Foo Fighters, Sweet 75, Eyes Adrift, Hole, Courtney Love, Hole, Babes in Toyland and Sugar Babydoll among others, depending on how many degrees you want to employ. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you have fun reorganizing your media, and maybe finding one or two forgotten gems along the way.
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