CD Storage and Organization

Brandon and I have just finished transferring all of our CDs into slim CD sleeves. We kept the specially packaged discs as-is, but I wish we had switched out the generic plastic cases long ago because getting rid of them was a fantastic way to condense our collection!

CD Organization

I know many people keep their discs in binders or just go completely digital, but CD sleeves work best for us. Yes, we’ve imported a lot of our music into iTunes, but there is something to be said for being able to grab an obscure CD and pop it into the stereo rather than having to update a playlist and resync the iPod.

CD Organization

Organizing our collection this way allows for easy expansion while still keeping it all alphabetical. We also like that we can keep a handful of discs by the stereo safe in their sleeves, rather than having them sit out unprotected as they would be had we grabbed them from a binder. We ordered from JewelSleeve after Ana mentioned them when I asked for CD storage advice. Brandon and I love that the sleeves can hold the booklet and the tray card, leaving the spine with the artist and album title visible for easy browsing. If you’re looking for CD sleeves, I highly recommend them!

CD Organization

We’re storing all of our CDs, DVDs, and video games (we have a lot of media) in three hopen drawer units in Brandon’s office.

IKEA Hopen Drawers

They look great and they’re working well for us, but I do have one complaint; the drawers don’t open fully and it’s hard to see what’s at the back. To counteract this, we placed blocks at the back to push the CDs forward. The blocks are made of 5″ wide boards of thick foam-core (available in craft stores), stacked up to make 3″ tall blocks. Then I cut single strips of thin foam-core to separate each row of CDs, keeping our rows nice and neat.

CD Organization

The random stacks of CDs that we didn’t have room for are gone now. All of our discs (1500 or so) fit nicely into four drawers, and it feels so good to have solved one of our biggest storage dilemmas.

72 Responses to “CD Storage and Organization”

  1. Jill March 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Hello there. I happen to find this website when I was searching for “CD Storage” you guys have some nice tips and info. I have a small room at home, and I was thinking of putting my CDs into bins or something like that. I do keep mine in the caseses which is a good idea. I dislike the binder thingy, because when I tried it, they kept falling out of the book. I also have a question for you guys? How do you clean CDs/DVDs etc? What is your cleaning tips? We hope to see some more photos as well. I am also a big music lover! I have close to 300 CDs right now.. I collect mostly 80s, 90s, rock n roll, dance, hip hop, kids stuff, etc.. So yeah. Feel free to e-mail me some tips on keeping cds clean, thanks. Keep up the great job!

  2. elvis March 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    What a helpful post! We are going down this same exact route, transferring our 3000+ CDs into sleeves and then into Hopens. Was wondering though if you’ve noticed any sagging in the drawers because of weight. I’ve noticed this mentioned on a few other sites by individuals who have done the same thing. Also, how many columns of rows do you get per drawer and which sleeve did you use from Sleevetown… the rice paper one? Thanks!

  3. Esme May 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Hi There!

    Wondering if you can tell me how much clearance the jewel sleeves have in these drawers? I’m considering getting SLIGHTLY taller ones and want to know if it would be possible for trekking to ikea. Also, are the drawers holding up? Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  4. Steve August 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    I’ve finally gotten to this point myself. What cd sleeves did you use? Do they have a spot for both the front and back inserts? Great blog!

  5. Linda February 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    I have purchased several CD storage cabinets starting in the 80’s. Many seem to fall apart in a couple years. I really didn’t understand why until I finally bought one from Their products are all solid oak (no chipboard) and no screws. I think they call it tongue in groove. Anyway, the first one I bought was I think in 1997. It is still as beautiful and solid as the day I got it. I have since bought 2 more of their products ( I outgrew the first) and am very happy. Next is one of their DVD cabinets.


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