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Here is a link to a long-standing conversation with many inspirational photos of actual users spaces as well as aspirational pictures. Take a look! I'm sure you'll find some great ideas as I have!
Similar to parts storage, finding a box system that is consistent is nice. Makes for easier storage and stacking of boxes. In my experience, less mess draws less attention from one's significant other who may or may not love your collection as much as you do.
That last part is SOOOOOO true.
The front has a place for labeling the contents, they have carrying handles, and they are opaque to keep the sun off the bricks. Best part is you can often get a 10-pack at Walmart for $15! Hard to beat for $1.50 ea.
I store my parts in 15"x15" tupperware containers made by Iris. They have removable subcompartments that make them pretty portable when building.