As we become more technologically advanced and acquire more electronic equipment and gadgets, our living spaces need to adapt to our growing collection of media formats. Bookcases once used for hard copies of books and magazines are now used for equipment and digital formats of music, data, photographs, and video. Cables and accessories would be much better served if they were stored with their rightful owners such as cameras, music players, and game units. Proper media storage would eliminate the need to search for blank discs, external burners, or favorite family videos.
Creating a Media Storage Unit: Decisions to Make Before You Begin
In order to properly create a media storage unit, you must first decide how much space you want to dedicate. Also, you must decide what type of housing you want to use. Do you have an existing cabinet and just want to reorganize, or do you want to purchase a new open or closed multi-shelved unit that would hold multiple media formats? If you have a spare closet, installing custom closet shelving could create ample room to hold all your electronic equipment and their accompanying accessories and discs.
Once the type of storage unit has been decided, organizing the equipment and discs is the next step. Videos, DVD's, and video games can be kept close to the television, either in drawers or freestanding baskets or storage containers. Music CD's and cassettes should be stored close to playing equipment. Don't be afraid to sort and give away anything that you no longer use. The same rule for clothing usually applies to entertainment: If it hasn't been used in the last year, chances are it never will. Of course, home videos and DVD's don't apply and it's a good idea to transfer those precious moments on to a DVD from video or burn extra copies and store in a safe location such as a fireproof safe or safety deposit box. Keep items used most frequently within closest reach and label any items that are hard to identify. Set aside a drawer or basket just for cables neatly wound with a twist tie and labeled with its use. Some prefer to remove CDs from their respective cases and store them in CD wallets and albums. This method eliminates bulk and gives a streamlined look to shelving, especially if you choose open shelving. Store similar video, photographs, and music in separate albums and label the binding for quick access.