Gaming has become quite the hobby, with most homes equipped with at least one gaming console which provides everyone with a measure of entertainment as well as some escapism and relaxation. But often, having a gaming console means more mess and more money being spent. How do you make sure gaming is properly integrated in your life without costing the earth?
A good idea is to decide on a console and stick with it. While many of us now have a number of consoles, having a single console is perfectly feasible. PS3, Xbox 360, Wii… Whatever takes your fancy, either consolidate into one or keep all your consoles in the same place to prevent gaming from overtaking your home.
If you do have multiple consoles, making sure the required accessories are kept tidily and in an easily-contained manner will definitely help you keep your home organised. A drawer dedicated to controllers and other bits, for example, is a good idea. Make sure you purchase rechargeable batteries for your controllers and accessories, as this will save you a huge amount of money over time; keep them and their relative chargers in the same area, too.
By placing your console or consoles in an entertainment system, you enable yourself to keep all the games nearby, too. Make sure you replace them in the right cases as this will help you keep your gaming area very tidy.
A chair with correct support is essentially, particularly if you’re given to hours and hours of consecutive gaming. Look for a chair with correct lumbar support and ensure you place it in such a way as to allow you to sit comfortably; if the angle between the television and the chair is too acute you’ll end up twisted and leaning forward in a way that will do your spine no favours at all. A small end table placed in the area, allowing you to place your drinks and snacks on it, also helps to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Finally, ensure you can easily pack everything away. During social interactions or evenings off you don’t want to be hampered by your gaming accessories, so making sure you have a system for tidying things away will allow you to have a lovely evening without gaming intruding on every aspect of your life. This will help keep the family’s harmony intact as well as allowing you to enjoy gaming in isolated stretches without letting it creep into every other corner, too.