For some time now on Instagram, I've been following the account The Home Edit. The Home Edit is a duo of women who have spawned an empire based on inspiring legions of others to finally get organized. They have a line of bins at The Container Store, and they have a Netflix show in the works. It's the KonMari method, but more about putting labels on bins and boxes.
Of course, both the now-internationally famous Marie Kondo and The Home Edit have deeply inspired me to get my life in order. No longer do I have overstuffed drawers, nor an under sink cabinet that looks like a garbage dump. Just over the weekend, I reorganized my bathroom cabinet; I have face masks grouped together (color coordinated, of course), and a tidy corner for my go-to skincare routine. My partner, who teeters above six feet, has ownership of the top two shelves I can barely reach. If this all sounds ridiculous, that's because it is. The new game Wilmot's Warehouse, from developer Hollow Ponds, feels like a direct extension of the obsessive organizing I've been doing as of late.
In Wilmot's Warehouse, you play as a box that cruises around a giant warehouse. As the cube, you can grab items, which are also shaped like squares, and organize them accordingly. Our friends at Rock Paper Shotgun compared it to the inventory system in Resident Evil, which I wholeheartedly agree with. Like Resident Evil, how you organize the super-sized space is entirely up to you. Your warehouse can be a mess, or it can be carefully orchestrated. It can be color coordinated, or it can be grouped by the type of item. You can have items only in horizontal single lines, or you can group them in clusters. It's all up to you.
In Wilmot's Warehouse, you have three minutes to unload a truck full of items and put them wherever you deem they should go. After that, you have just a minute and a half to deliver certain items to four customers, which necessarily requires a lot of planning. In between your "shifts," you have an endless amount of time to reorganize the warehouse. You can also unlock new abilities, like being able to grab more than just six items at a time.
I find it all deeply soothing.
Over the past few months, I feel like I've been inundated with games that are stressful in one way or another. I fell off Fire Emblem: Three Houses even though I loved it because I felt like I wasn't managing my time as I should be, and I worried I would miss out on recruiting key characters to my house. I reviewed Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, a game that made me anxious about predators, or worse, progress-busting bugs, at every turn. Even Control is nagging at me to do its tedious timed missions to further its boring loot system, even though I care more about reading about fridges that eat people or whatever.
Wilmot's Warehouse is like an aspirin to all the high-intensity games I've played as of late. It has the same calming ethos of reorganizing a cabinet. Organizing has become a hobby that I admittedly fell into on one of my more stressed out days many moons ago. Wilmot's Warehouse builds on the most satisfying aspects of organizing things, from grouping things together according to your own personal whims, to what to do when you're adding to your own collection. Wilmot's Warehouse, even toward the end when your warehouse is packed with stuff, never feels impossible nor stressful.
It's satisfying in a quiet way, like cleaning your desk of all the paper clutter. It's been a busy as heck time for video games, and it's only getting worse as we inch into the fall season. I'm glad that a timelapse GIF of Wilmot's Warehouse that I saw on Twitter convinced me to take the plunge, because even as I've plugged away at other work-related games, Wilmot's Warehouse has been the one I've most wanted to get back to before dozing off to sleep in the evening. Wilmot's Warehouse is available now on Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mac.