I've seen reference to laying a board across the joists to then route your wiring on it. Staple it down as required. Even put sides on it to make it a sort of trough. That way it is protected from getting "stepped-on" between joists and stays neatly contained without it being bundled and therefore derated in capacity.
I'm sure "neatness" counts. I'd bet an inspector going over a DIY job that looks like something strung up like a spiders web in a windstorm is going to get much more scrutiny than a job that is neatly routed, labeled, etc.
The best solution is the one that uses the least material, goes the fastest, looks the best, and of course is the safest installation. Of course these are all pretty much mutually exclusive requirements.