UPDATE June 2013 – Collection passes 1,000 mark: added 3rd and 4th Expedit
IKEA EXPEDIT storage cabinets x4, filing system: alphabetic by artist surname, then chronological within artist by date recorded, oldest first. Guaranteed to lay your hand on the record you want within… a very short space of time. Too busy eh? Time invested in filing repays time saved every time you look for a record. More importantly, it keeps your collection alive. If it’s all a mess, the temptation to just leave it gathering dust because you can never find anything, so you don’t bother. The return on records comes from playing them, not from owning them.
UPDATED (October 2013) LJC learns a trick or two from much smarter collectors, and then leapfrogs them.
The filing system is now as described here, Cataloging Your Collection, the LJC way. Artist chronology via the original record label release catalogue number. Works well to integrate reissues and non-US releases into the artists original recording chronology.
For example – Coltrane: Prestige (including Esquire), then Atlantic (including London) , then Impulse (including HMV),
Bill Evans: Riverside, then Verve
Miles Davis: Blue Note, Prestige (including Esquire) , then Columbia (including CBS and Fontana)
Monk: Riverside, then Columbia (including CBS);
UK Reissues like HMV-Impulse,London-Atlantic, and Japanese King and Toshiba Blue Note sort back into their original Blue Note catalogue number. Works for me.