I’ve been on a seemingly endless pursuit to pare things down in all areas of my life. Yesterday, as I was cleaning up and out my charging station area, I was faced with a couple decisions.
While I love my 3DS, and like my PS Vita well enough, I don’t use either almost ever. I have a hard enough time keeping up with console releases, and I’m almost relieved my laptop can’t handle most games.
I’ve had both the Vita and the 3DS charging there constantly for years. I finally decided to put them away, and I felt weirdly sad about it, like I’d given up on them somehow.
I have no intention of getting rid of either system; goodness knows I have several older systems packed away. As it is, I have the following systems currently connected to my television: PS4, PS2, Xbox 360, Xbox One, NES, Switch, and PS3 (that’s the order they appear from left to right). There is so much content just waiting to be played across those seven systems. Honestly, it’s probably time to put a couple of those away, too. I can’t recall the last time I played the 360, and I barely use my Xbox One. I literally dusted my Xbox One controller yesterday because it looked like a relic on its charging stand.
As I put the handhelds and their charging cables away, I continued to ask myself: am I using these items? Will I continue using these items? I’m certain I want to keep them, I just don’t need to look at them every day.
Another thing getting pared down are the tablets.
My partner and I both wound up with iPads over the years (his the first gen iPad, mine the first gen iPad mini), and we both recently decided we don’t need to keep them. With how much can be done on phones now, there’s almost no need. The only thing I use my iPad for is listening to Game Informer’s various Super Replays as I trot off to sleep town each night (Blue Stinger and Raw Danger are heavily in rotation); I can do that with my phone. I feel like I have too many devices and I’m trying to reduce that clutter. Don’t get me wrong, I love devices and I love systems, I just feel like I’m swimming in excess and need to weed out as many things as possible. That goes for everything from books, to games, to clothes, to anything else that takes up space. I know consumer culture can be intoxicating, but I have this mad urge at least twice a year to take stock of what’s around me and decide what I really need and what I really don’t.
Actually, to be fair, I don’t need a whole lot of things even though I like some of them an awful lot. I supposed it just comes down to what I want to see every day and be the custodian of.
And what I do not.
Less things to dust.
Do you go through periods where you meticulously go through your things and get rid of items you no longer use? Or, do you pack up items you are no longer using and store them? I’m curious how you keep tabs on your collections of games, movies, clothes, etc.