I would say that the biggest obstacle for me in enjoying my collection is my current lack of organization. When I was younger, I had a lot fewer cards and I also had a lot more free time to devote to the organization of my collection. These days, with a lot less time to spend organizing a lot of things just end up in piles on my desk. Then I have no room to organize so I end up not doing it. It’s really a vicious cycle.
So, I’ve got the wheels in motion to do something about that organization problem. I found these shoe cubbies at Target for $35 that looked like they would do the job. They’ve got 15 slots and are the perfect size for trading card sized items. The shelves alone will be great for storing things like packages of toploaders, but they won’t be all that great for cards themselves. To remedy that problem, I ordered 50 cardboard inventory bins. The bins themselves are great and don’t cost all that much, but the shipping will kill you unless you have a place nearby that happens to sell them. Getting them shipped to Staples was more expensive than getting them shipped from the place I did even with the shipping costs. The total cost for the two show cubbies and the inventory bins will be right around $100 and I’ll have some extra bins to use elsewhere. A little pricey, but not too bad for what’s going to be a great storage solution.
I carefully put together one of the shoe cubbies today. Luckily they aren’t heavy since I’m still on restrictions after my surgery. The only downside that I see is that the shelves aren’t quite as sturdy as I expected. This fact is complicated by the fact that the space I’m putting these in is a little weird sized and I need to turn them sideways to fit both of them. If worse comes to worse then I’ll put it flat again and use the second one elsewhere. I don’t think that weight on the shelves will become an issue though. Once I get this all together, I’ll post some pictures of it in use.