I’m trying something new with my boardgame shelves and I think the change and the benefits of doing so are worth sharing here.
Okay so like many of us on the forum I have a shelf of shame, a shelf where I put my new games that I haven’t yet played. Well I love games and I also occassionally engage in some retail therapy. And I don’t need to tell you all but the last couple years have been full of reasons to require retail therapy and less opportunities to get those new games played. The result is that my shelf of shame slowly became shelves of shame, and then several shelves of shame.
I usually organize my shelves by my ranking of my games, then shelves of shame, then shape up or ship out shelf.
And today I decided to reorganize my shelves and after talking with my partner she had an idea that seemed bizarre to me. She suggested I mix my shelves of shame in with the rest of my collection and to just alphabetize everything. And at first this seemed super bizarre to me, but it pipued my curiosity. Why did it seem bizarre to me? So I decided to give it a try.
And honestly it’s… really nice. With everything mixed in yeah I don’t immediately know what games or expansions I haven’t played yet at a glance but firstly it’s not very hard to find out becausey unplayed ones are almost all still in shrink. But secondly and more importantly I don’t have a big area of games that I feel pressure to play or get played. It’s been really freeing to just have everything together and not have that big visual reminder that was subconsciously making me feel guilty for not having played them yet. Weirdly I feel way less stressed and pressured about my games. I feel way more free to just play whatever I want and not worry about ranking and checking games off some self imposed list of things to do.
So yeah that’s it.
Maybe it’s not revelatory to you guys but if like me you feel a creeping pressure to get your new games played then maybe give it a try. It’s worked for me and I feel much better and I feel like it’s much more inviting to pick a game now for me and others.
So yeah I got rid of my shelf of shame.
TL:DR Try mixing your shelf of shame games in with the rest of your collection and you might be less stressed about having unplayed games.
Sorry about the novel haha.