I'm about to tell you something that may shock and horrify you. I do a piss poor job of keeping up with my comic book collection. I don't bag and board my comics. I don't grade them. I haven't owned a price guide in years, and I barely manage to keep them sorted and filed alphabetically. The whole "CGC" thing completely baffles me, as I'd rather spend the money needed to "slab" one comic on, well, more comics, frankly. At any given time, I have 3 longboxes worth of books to be filed, and smaller stacks of comics throughout the house, much to my wife's delight.
As a younger collector, I fretted about the grade of my comics, and wanted to make sure they were bagged, boarded and kept in mint condition. But I am actually rather lazy by nature, it turns out, and as my collection grew, my need to wrap each one individually waned. Now that I have a house and a kid, I don't worry too much about the condition of the comics, as the occasional accident happens, and a cover gets creased. The boy is actually quite good with books, and I want to encourage him to enjoy reading, not worry about daddy flipping out if one of his books gets mussed. Never mind that with the paper these things are printed on, they'll all outlast me by decades anyway...
a task the publishers seem to be determined to make as difficult as possible. Then the party kicks into full gear, as I pull each longbox off the shelf and strain to stuff more Goddamn comics into each one. This all happens as other things around the house are also demanding my attention, and doesn't leave me with much enthusiasm for wrapping the damn things in individual baggies.
So how common is this these hectic times? I have to assume that collection obsession goes hand-in-hand with more free time, but maybe you have five kids, two jobs and still bag your funnies. Conversely, maybe you toss 'em all under your bed when you're done and let''em grow a coat of mold. Discuss your storage methodology in the comments, pals!