October Use It Up Challenge – Games

Grab your board games, consoles, controllers, and stacks of unplayed video games! It’s time for the October Use It Up Challenge. We all know that decluttering can be a hard process. So this month, let’s have some fun. This month’s focus is on games – specifically video games and board games. These two types of games can provide hours of entertainment, yet they can also be a source of clutter. Games that you no longer play are often shoved into closets and other spaces. It’s time to tackle this clutter. Let’s go through all of those games, play them, and ensure we are keeping only those that we actually want to play.

In the previous months, we have tackled notebooks, candles, cleaning supplies, craft supplies, clothes, bath items, books, food, and toys.

October Use It Up Challenge

What is the Use It Up Challenge?

This is a monthly decluttering challenge that focuses on using the items instead of simply getting rid of them. This helps to reduce waste and also gets your money worth out of those items. Each month, a new category is chosen and we will focus on that category all month long. However, you don’t have to stop once that month ends. Keep decluttering and using up those items all year long. It will have a huge impact on your home and life at the end of the year.

If you are joining in, be sure to share your progress on social media using #IHUseItUp. I’d love to see how everyone is getting along with the challenge.

Where to start

Since we are tackling two types of games this month, you will want to create two piles. One for all of your board games and a second one for all of your video games and consoles.

Go through your home and gather up all of your board games. Check all of your closets and hiding spots. You never know where you might find a game tucked away. Now put them all in one spot. Depending on how much you and your family play board games, you may have a very large or small pile. That’s okay. We will be working on reducing that pile this month.

A stack of board games to be played and decluttered during the October Use It Up Challenge.

Next, find all of your consoles and video games. If you are a gamer then this may be a long process. While most new games have digital downloads, older games tend to have disks or cartridges. These items take up space, especially if you aren’t playing them but are still holding onto them. Make sure you find all of the controllers and other accessories for each console since some games have specific accessories that are needed to play them.

Break down this video game pile into individual consoles. This will make it easier to work through the games as the month progresses.

Don’t forget about those digital games! Just because they aren’t physical clutter doesn’t mean that they should be ignored. Those unplayed games are taking up valuable space on your computer. Digital clutter is something that needs to be tackled as well.

How do you use up games?

Here’s where it gets fun. The best way to use up games is to play them! Yes, that’s right, this month’s challenge involves playing games. Lots of them!

There may be some games that stick out right away as ones you no longer want to play. That’s great. Grab those games and make a pile of them. You can often sell or trade in old games at certain stores. Or you can try selling them online.

For those games you aren’t sure about, pop them into your console and start playing. You may find yourself being reacquainted with a game you love but haven’t played in a while. Or you may discover just how much you hated this game and question why you still have it.

What I’m using up

For board games, I plan to play all of them and make sure they are all games my family still enjoys. We did do a decluttering of our games a year or so ago, so we don’t have a ton of them. However, I know that over time our taste in games changes. So that’s why we will be playing all of them. Not only will this help eliminate ones we no longer wish to play, but it will be great family time.

A lot of the video games in the house are my son’s and my husband’s. So those ones will need to be sorted through by them. My son went through his not long ago, so I think he is fine. However, my husband has a strong attachment to all of his games and consoles, so I’m not sure if he is willing to get rid of any of them.

For my own games, I have a small collection of Nintendo DS games. I don’t play them very often, so I will be looking through them to see which ones I am willing to part with.

There are a couple of video games I have picked out to put my focus on.

Ninja Breadman was the entire reason I wanted a Nintendo Wii. It took me forever to find this game and while I have played it a bit, I have never seen it through to the end. I will admit, the controls for this game suck, and that’s probably the main reason why I haven’t finished it. But I will do my best to play through it.

InuYasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale was another game I was excited about but never saw it through to the end. Since we still have our old Playstation, I will set some time aside to play this one as well.

I saved the best for last. Rune Factory 4.  I have played the first three Rune Factory games and absolutely loved them, though Rune Factory 2 is my favorite. In 2013, my husband bought me Rune Factory 4 and I have never played it! In fact, it’s still got the plastic wrapped around it. I will need to borrow my son’s 3DS to play this game, but I am determined to get through it.

Will you be joining the October Use It Up Challenge? What games will you be using up this month?


  1. I completely agree with you. I had to move to a new house and I had to do a lot of decluttering. I gave away a lot of my old games and toys to my younger relatives as I don’t want to bring all the clutter with me.

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      Thank you. Moving is a great incentive to give your stuff a thorough decluttering. That’s great that you were able to pass on so many games and toys to your relatives.

  2. This is a fantastic idea and also…I didn’t know you played video games too! I seriously need to do this. Also I am pretty sure I have a Wii boxed up with a ton of games and accessories. I really need to find out if it still works and if we still need it around. Someone else might enjoy it more than us. I will let you know how it goes!

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      Thank you. I don’t talk a lot about my love of video games. Well, if it’s been boxed up for a while, you probably don’t need it anymore – at least that’s my theory. Good luck with your decluttering!

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