I've received this question a lot over the past year or so, I'm now going to answer it in blog form.
Between us, my husband and I have over 1,500 *ahem* (I've been corrected) 2,500 CDs. Despite this being the digital age we are audiophiles. We like all forms of it and the artwork that comes with it. Yes we have ipods but there will never come a time when we don't own a physical product. There is nothing like holding an album in your hand and looking at the art and lyrics while listening to it.
We also have a 583 sq ft. apartment. See the problem?
We knew we needed to keep the art but were the plastic cases really necessary? We moved all the CDs we could into these , and kept the Digi-packs and special cases as they were.
Then we bought the Anes dresser from Ikea to house them.
Here is the dresser.
The bottom drawer, with a rough estimate of 1,000 CDs.
The Jewel Sleeves at work.
Eventually we will need to further brace the bottom of the drawers so they don't bow. Hope that answers all the questions!