Today's Declutter 365 mission is to declutter video games and electronic toy clutter from your home, so you and the kids can enjoy some of these electronics without being inundated with too many toys and games.
This mission continues on with the tasks we've been working on this week, to declutter toys and games throughout the house, while we work on the Organize Toys & Games Challenge, as part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.
Yesterday we focused on decluttering board games, card games, and puzzles, and now we're just continuing on by focusing on electronic games, toys, and video games.
As always, I try to make these missions broad enough to apply to a variety of toys and games, while also providing a narrow enough focus to allow you to only need to deal with one or two categories of items, so you don't get overwhelmed.
The mission applies to these types of items, of whatever variety you've got in your house for kids, or adults:
Video games and electronic toys are decluttered in a similar way as the other recent toy decluttering missions we've been working on.
As always, I'm not suggesting that you get rid of all of these electronic games and toys, but instead to use this as an opportunity to get rid of the ones that are clutter, so you can enjoy what you do keep.
Suggestions for what to at least consider decluttering include:
Once you've decided what to get rid of, you'll really thank yourself because what will be left is the stuff you really do enjoy playing, or that your kids enjoy, and it will be easier to actually find and play what's left.
Once you've decided what items to get out of your home, the next step is to properly dispose of it, either by donating, selling or recycling them.
Because these items are electronics, make sure if you're going to trash or recycle the items that you do it properly, as discussed in more detail in the electronics disposal guide here.
If you want to trade in these games or consoles to recoup some cash, that might be a possibility, depending on what types of games and consoles you're decluttering.
One of the simplest trade-in programs I've found is the Amazon Trade-In program, where you can trade-in older consoles and video games in exchange for Amazon gift cards. You have to make sure they will accept your exact gaming system or game, but when they do it can be a simple way to recoup some of your money.
You can find out more about the program here (scroll down the page until you see "other trade-in categories, and choose "gaming"):
Below I've got some photos from readers who've already done this mission. My hope is that when you see these photos they'll inspire you to see what you too can accomplish in your own home, and get you excited to tackle this task as well.
Seena sent in these photos about how she decluttered video game cases, and also stores her family's video games. She said, "This is an ottoman I bought years ago for my husband's games. But, I think any storage ottoman would work for video games." She then continued, "I got rid of the individual cases for most of the games but, I agree children are more difficult to keep organized. My husband is very good about putting his games away and making sure my twelve year old does the same."
It's a personal decision, with pros and cons, about whether you want to get rid of the cases for video game discs or not, because while it certainly takes up a lot less space to store the discs in a book like Seena does, if the video game players in your house don't put them away consistently it can cause disorganization, or scratched or lost discs.
Here's a similar storage ottoman and CD/DVD/Video Game Disc organizer like Seena shows in her photos above.
This photo above was provided by a reader, Nina, who had already decluttered excess video game cartridges, and said, "No duds in this drawer of Super Nintendo and Gameboy games! All still played regularly."
That's awesome Nina! That's exactly what I hope we can all accomplish in our homes!
I hope seeing these pictures and instructions have inspired you to declutter your excess and unwanted electronic toys and games as well.
When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.
I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!
Check out lots of missions to get rid of kids clutter here.
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