Originally Posted by toomanybooks
I have boxed about 700 of my books in boxes left over from Office Depot paper deliveries. Each box is numbered and I have a database which tracks which box the book is in by author's name and title. The boxes are neatly stacked in the top shelves in my closet.
Now, that is meticulous organization.
@ Gideon: I agree with the idea of closet usage, I use half of mine (it's small) for book storage and the rest for generic closet use. I also have two wooden underbed bins (completely customised thanks to our cheap, yet efficient local carpenter). If your books are too tall, place them horizontally. This will obviously however make retrieval more difficult than vertical storage.
So that's all I got.