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Getting your hobby pile organized


We recently had some work done on our house, and as a result, the hobby stuff that I – admittedly – had carelessly allowed to just accumulate in the “finished” portion of our basement had to be moved. 



And, in its various boxes and bins, it’s all currently sitting in the unfinished “storage” portion of the basement and it’s mocking me because, yeah, I know, the time is coming very swiftly when I have to get in there and organize it.

I don’t want to. But I need to, for my sanity.

First and foremost, I need it to be organized so that I don’t just have an Everest-sized pile of boxes hanging around. That does no one any good and it makes moving around the basement a pain. Plus, avalanches.

Second, I need a good system where I can actually find things. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but I’ve every so often looked through boxes of minis stuff that I haven’t touched in a while and been shocked to discover things that I’d forgotten I owned. Sure, it’s like Christmas came early when that happens, but I’d rather forego the surprise in exchange for actually knowing where things are and how to get at them.

I’ve got the storage space (mostly) but it’s really a matter of digging in and separating my minis stuff into four main category piles:

• Finished Stuff

• In-Process Stuff

• Still-In-Box-Stuff

• Stuff That Has To Go

What I’ve been trying to visualize in my mind, honestly, is how I’ll systematize the organizational process. I feel like I need to have everything out and around me so I can go through it bit by bit all at once.

That proposal, however, is time-consuming on the front end, crazy complicated on the back end, and also infeasible from a space and sanity perspective. There’s a very good chance that I’d just quit halfway through.

I want a nice organizational structure so I can find things, get things out, put things away, etc., with as little muss and fuss as possible. But I’m quickly discovering that the Perfect is likely the enemy of the Good in this scenario – I should go with what works but not be a stickler for making things exactly one way or the other. If it works, go for it. And don’t worry if it isn’t the absolute way you hoped it would be. Getting it done is the greater glory.

A big question I have is what exactly I might decide to part with (or not). I’ve gone back and forth the last six months or so about selling out of this game or that game, simply for the extra money and, honestly, just having more space in my storage and on my project list. 

As I’m writing this, it’s looking like it will be a nice evening so there’s a good chance I’ll at least get at part of this project tonight.

Here’s hoping in a little while I’ll reach Hobby Space Nirvana, with my sanity still attached.


About the author;

Peter Kuebeck is a writer, gamer and award-winning mini-painter living in the Midwest. He wages a constant battle against the ever-growing tide of unpainted minis in his basement, and occasionally GMs role-playing game sessions with friends. Catch his hobby shenanigans on Twitter at @popculturecube


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