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How to Organize Video Game Consoles & Controllers

By Dave Ulacia

Video games both fascinate and frustrate me.

As a kid, I had an Atari with 5 games that my siblings and I played quite often. I'll probably never forget that square basketball or the strange sound effects those tanks made. But video games never got in my blood-my dad wanted us to play outside more, and he had a way of convincing us that his idea was worth trying. After a while, we forgot about that old gaming system.

Several years later, I was invited to play games with some young kids. The controller had changed quite a bit-there were more buttons. Not knowing how they worked, I decided to just push them all as fast as I could. The strategy worked pretty well (as long as the system was set to the easiest level).

About 15 years after that experience, I was a scout leader and the boys wanted a night just to play games. Why not? I looked at the remote in dumbfounded awe. I knew my strategy wasn't going to work. There was no way I could push all those buttons. Plus, it had two joysticks on the same controller. (What happened to one joystick and a big red button?) We were playing one of those games where everyone chases after everyone else.  I couldn't get my guy to move past the wall I thought I was hiding behind. The kids blew me to smithereens-several times.

Video games have come a long way in the past 25 years. But with all the changes, one thing has remained constant. It doesn't take long for them to become a tangled mess. And, now more than ever, with all their peripherals - guitars, steering wheels, paddles, dance pads, drum sticks, light guns, battle rifles - they can easily get strewn throughout the house. How do you keep all that stuff in order and still accessible to the kids? Here are some suggestions.

Designate an Area for Gaming
Chances are you've got more than one television in your home so you can watch the football game while the kids are taking over the world. If you designate one television for gaming, you'll keep more of your things contained to that room.

Compartmentalize
Buckhead Betties BinNow that you've got your gaming system contained to one room, store each item in baskets according to their size. The Cabo Basket by Design Ideas is a great bin for your gaming system because you can see what you've got in there. But if you'd rather not see all that stuff when it's not in use, try the Flat Bin by Buckhead Betties. It will add a touch of color to your gaming room.

What About the Small Stuff?
Gadget Wally wall organizerBulky boxes and baskets are great for the large parts of your gaming system, but they won't help you find those small cords, batteries, and TV remotes. Keep them within easy reach on a wall with the Gadget Wally Organizer by Kangaroom. It's a great way to free up space.

Cord Control
Bobino Cable WrapThe worst part about tossing all that stuff in a bin is the cables somehow end up in a tangled mess. It's almost like they've got a life of their own. The Bobino Cable Buddy by Kikkerland is a cool way to keep them contained and tangle free until you're ready to use them again.

Think Portability
Kangaroom Personal Media PouchYour kids aren't always going to want to play their games at home. How often have your kids left their games and other gadgets at their friend's house? Video games and equipment are expensive. Help them keep their stuff under control with the Personal Media Pouch by Kangaroom. It's just the right size for toting phones, games, controllers, or even their DS. And it keeps everything in its place. It's a great way to protect your investment.

If you're like me and can't make sense of your kids' games, these suggestions will at least let you make sense of their gaming system, so both you and your kids can enjoy them more-without all the mess.

Good luck, and happy organizing.

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