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Do you have any special way you order your physical collection?

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I have IKEA shelves, 4 stacking units, that I have placed side-by-side, two high, to create a nearly 2m-long, low unit with four shelves.

I had the entire collection ordered alphabetically by composer (classical, some ethnic) or performer (jazz and popular, some ethnic), without regard for genre.

I have categorized my collection into four genres: classical, ethnic, jazz and popular. This covers my collection well, without the need to make tenuous exceptions for some albums: categories fit logically. I call it Radio CEJP.

Lately, I had thought I might like to separate the genres, since I mostly play classical, so I wanted those on the upper three shelves (no doubling up, yet ;)), and the other genres on the lower one (partially doubled up). I stayed up until 3 last night getting it done. Wow! I like it. I no longer need to peer at floor level to get at Wagner or Xenakis.

How do you organize your physical collection? Do you have separate shelves for each genre? Even keep them in separate rooms for different types of listening? Do you have them on shelves or in stacks? How do you deal with exceeding the capacity or non-standard album sizes: get more shelves, double up, etc.? Any unique solutions?
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I recently bought Ikea Benno shelves that go with the Billy bookcases. I organize alphabetically by composer. Within composer I numerically order the symphonies but not much more than that. If there are two or three composers on the CD, whoever is listed first gets filed under his or her name. For my handful of multiple composer CDs, such as Anne Sophie Mutter or Martha Argerich recital CDs and opera arias CDs etc have their own place, again alphabetically.

Then a separate place for jazz CDs, a separate place for film music and musicals, and finally a place for rock and roll. All listed alphabetically.

Of course, my collection isn't as extensive as many of you here. I've about 400 CDs, but I'm running out of room.
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