Did you have a happy Madden Day? The latest version of the insanely popular football video game from EA Sports hit shelves on Tuesday. If you (or anyone in your house) is a football fan or devoted gamer, odds are good that Madden 25 is already a big part of your life — and may soon be joined by NHL 14, Grand Theft Auto V, FIFA 14, and Call Of Duty: Ghosts, among other popular titles set for release. And that’s before the holiday season hits.
Video games can become a huge hassle if not properly stored. When left under foot, these fascinating little fantasy worlds can create a scattered whirlwind of unattractive clutter.
This can mark the beginning of a real problem. As we’ve previously discussed in Get Stor-ganized, a messy house can literally affect your physical and mental health. College students — if you live in a dorm room, you already know that space (and patience for your roommate) can be at a premium. Plus, it’s tough to enter the World of Warcraft after the game has been stepped on, kicked, or used as an expensive drink coaster.
It’s important to lay down the law and make sure that video games, when not in use, are properly stowed and stored. Luckily, the storage process can both be fun and actually add an extra element to your living room or den. Think of it as a real-life version of Tetris.
Here are some innovative video game storage ideas:
The shelving option
Many of us have substantial (and often pretty awesome) media collections – games, books, compact discs, DVDs, albums, etc. that sometimes date back years. Instead of jamming your favorite entertainment into a closet (or closets), proudly display your 21st century library for all to see.
Boxing it up
Some of us would prefer not to have our gaming lives on public display. Attractive and inexpensive boxes can be utilized to label and store our game library until we have time to sit down and rock out several hours of Dynasty Warriors.
Build it yourself
A vintage, apothecary-style storage cabinet is ideal for serving the dual purpose of television stand and media storage unit. This piece of furniture may not be easy (or cheap) to find at the local antique or secondhand shops, however. Luckily, ana-white.com offers instructions that allow you or your favorite DIYer to build an old-school cabinet of your own. Tell people it’s a family heirloom – we’ll keep your secret.
Not all of us have sprawling collections of games, but still have a half dozen or so titles that we want to keep organized. This repurposed drawer helps keep your games, controller and remote in a single, handy location while offering a touch of secondhand cool to your gaming hive.
If your video game storage situation ever really gets out of control, Life Storage can always help you out with an affordable storage unit, too.
Have you vanquished gaming clutter to another dimension? Let us know how.
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