I’ve got too many things. My games sit on my shelf at a nice number of 277, and that just physical copies, on my Steam I have 444 games, so I have a total of 721, not including the downloaded ones on my PS4. How many have I played? 263. How many have I completed? 63. That’s right, I have around 721 games, out of those I’ve played 263, out of those 263 I’ve completed 63. Around 64% of my games haven’t been played and around 91% of my games aren’t completed. My books are at around 150. My movies sit at 500. How did my collection get so big? How much money was spent? I have a lot of things which I haven’t used, but I mean to.
My thought process goes one of three ways.
1: I want this thing, but it’s too expensive now, I’ll wait a while. *A few months pass*. Oh, look, it was £50, but now it’s £10, I better get it while it’s still cheap.
2: I want this thing and it’s on sale, better get it now.
3: I want this thing, but it’s too expensive now, I’ll wait a while. *A few forevers pass*. Oh, look, it was £50, but it’s now £1 and it’s been a while, better get it before they run out.
You see my problem. One is that it’s cheap so I should get it, two is that it’s on sale, so it’s cheap so I should get it, and three is that it’s been so long I think they’ll stop making it.
This has happened before, I tried to find a game only for it to be not available anywhere; after last seeing it at £20, I waited a little longer for it to go down in price only for it to become a rare game while waiting. I’ve also wanted a game only for it to be not available anywhere, to then appear again a year later at like £90. Shouldn’t I buy it when it’s cheap? If I wait it might not be available. My thought is usually “Get it while it’s cheap and available”, because if I leave it too long, it’ll be either not available at all or too expensive later. This is a problem as things accumulate. Things pile up and I don’t get rid of them because I still haven’t used them. Am I hoarding? I mean, I don’t want to get rid of them because I still plan to play them, but WILL I actually play them? The question is, should I get rid of some?
Last week I bought 7 new books, and 1 of those “books” was a collection, the Game of Thrones box set. On Amazon Prime day I saw the collect for £22 when I saw it for £65 in Waterstones. It was cheap, how could I say no to that deal? I do mean to read them, but did I need to buy them now? I could have waited, but would I have found them cheaper in a few years? It wasn’t a waste of money, as I’m getting use out of it, I will read them, but when will I read them, though?
My games, I want to play them, but what about the games I’ve played? I can keep the ones I like and sell the ones I have completed but have no plans to go on again, the same with my books and movies… but now, what games DO I want to really play? What games do I know I WILL play on? I wanted to go on some games a few years ago, but do I now? Will I actually get around to playing it? I’ve kept games for up to 7 years, I have an unopened copy of Mass Effect 2 for the Xbox 360, it’s still in its plastic wrapping that it got from Game when I picked it up in 2010… 6 years ago… not touched… never played… still in its plastic wrappings! My friends didn’t believe it until I showed them it… it’s still got its plastic wrappings! I don’t believe this and I own it.
So, was that game a waste of money? I didn’t play it, I still want to, but now Mass Effect 2 can be bought for about £3, I got it for £40; I can get the Mass Effect Trilogy for £15, so it can be seen as a waste of money, although since I’ve seen things I wanted stop being available or becoming expensive, I tend to get things when they are at a reasonable price, although sometimes like with Mass Effect, I get things when they first come out, I got Uncharted 4 when it first came out, I’ve completed it now, so should I get rid of it?
I’m asking myself, WILL I get around to actually playing a game, reading a book, watching a movie? I want to play this game, but when will I ever get around to it, realistically? When I look at it like that, sometimes I doubt I ever will get to play it. When faced with life, all the things I need to do and want to do more than play that game, I doubt I will ever have the time I need to play it. Have you ever had that? Wanting to play a game, read a book, watch a movie, bought it and then it has just sat in your house and you can’t find the time to use it? Then when you look at it realistically you come to think that you’ll never get around to using it? Do you keep it or get rid of it?
I’m thinking of taking up minimalism, but I won’t be reading a guide or following a plan I found. I’m a type of person who likes to figure things out for themselves. Instructions? Pfft, I’ll assemble this nuclear warhead by myself. Real men don’t need instructions, and I’m a real man… who looks like a twig and squeals at spiders. I like to figure things out myself because it helps me figure out what is right for me, plus it allows me to figure out things I might not learn in a guide. Everyone is different, from how they handle pain and depression, tackle problems, and plan their life. What is good about following a plan that doesn’t suit you? All I know is the basic idea of minimalism is to live with the things you need and live without the things you don’t. Using that basic idea, I’ll build up my own form of minimalism into something that works for me.
This is my minimalism. It’ll start slow but I’ll find what works for me. One thing I already learned about minimalism is that like me saying everyone handles things differently is that everyone has different needs, so you can’t just throw out everything, what one person might throw out because they don’t use it, might be needed by another. This means looking through everything I have and judging if I need it.
My first step is to sort out what I want to keep and what I want to get rid of. My minimalist adventure begins today!