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Breakfast TopicJan 16, 2019 8:00 am CT

Have you KonMaried your inventory space?

If you’ve been in a coma for the past few weeks, the concept of KonMari may need a bit of explanation. A portmanteau of the creator’s name, Marie Kondo has been sharing her unique method of decluttering for several years in print, but now she has a Netflix show and the concept is suddenly on everyone’s mind.

If something “sparks joy” in you, you can keep it. If it doesn’t, you thank the item — this has roots in Japanese animism — and let it go. I prefer this to most other systems, because I get resistant to the idea of, for example, tossing everything in one huge box and taking things out as you need them, then tossing what remains in 6 months. I’m not going to use the huge dictionary of quotations passed down to me from generations ago, but I love it and I’m not getting rid of it just because it’s not used on a daily basis. There are other, more specific organization tips too, like how to fold socks without slowly destroying the elastic.

So what does this have to do with video games? Have you seen your bank lately? Mind you, I’m definitely not parting with things like my Hunter’s invitation to the most happening party of the decade. I don’t need it — I’ll never need it — but it makes me smile to have it. I’m also always keeping my quiver and a stack of arrows. However, I still have random gear that has no purpose at all in there — just quest rewards I keep forgetting to dig out. Hallow’s End wands? Come and get ’em. My resource storage is also completely full, mostly of stuff from my Garrison. There’s no real market for most of it now so it’s mostly just stubbornness tinged with laziness that makes all my WoW storage have the aesthetic of a dirty hole.

I haven’t been playing Diablo 3 for long but my shared stash is already a mess because of course it is.

So tell me, have you considered paring down your bank lately? What’s one thing that you’ll never get rid of that brings you joy, but is maybe functionally useless? What do you have in there that you know you’ll never miss, and why haven’t you pitched it yet?

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