One of the most important aspects for survival players in Minecraft is managing their inventory. Players have a finite number of inventory slots, and there are hundreds if not more items, tools, and blocks to be found within the game. This makes efficient inventory management a requirement for true survival.
Below are some tips and tricks for organizing your inventory and ensuring players can make the most of the limited space they have. This is especially useful early in the game before players can make ender chests, shulker boxes, or until Mojang finally adds packs to the game.
The best way for Minecraft players to organize their inventories
1) Hotbar points one to five
The first handful of places on the player’s hotbar should go to the most important items that players carry with them on a regular basis. This should be the complete set of basic Minecraft tools and the player’s weapon of choice. These items should be ordered with the most important items placed closest to slot one.
For example, the best settings for most Minecraft players would look like this:
- A sword, trident, bow or crossbow in the only slot
- A spike in slot two
- A shovel inside the three slot
- An ax in slot four
- A hoe in the fifth slot.
These tools ensure that no matter what the player needs to do, they will have the means to do it. Placing items on these keys also means that they are quickly within reach of the player’s movement keys, assuming the player is using the keyboard and mouse.
2) Hotbar points six to nine
The second half of the hotbar should be filled with situationally useful items that can be changed based on what the player is currently doing. For example, players who expect to spend a lot of time exploring the surface should have a bed, food, and firework rockets in these slots to quickly move through the outside world and stay safe.
Players hoping to build a lot should fill these slots with the main blocks needed for whatever build they’re working on. Players can store wood for rustic buildings and log cabins, stone for castles, redstone for engineering gadgets or automated farms, etc.
3) The main inventory
The main inventory can be subdivided into four quadrants, with each quadrant being dedicated to certain types of items.
The upper left quadrant of the inventory is better suited to items and blocks that players may need to restock while exploring. This includes things like logs, planks of wood, coal, and a workbench. It is beneficial to keep these items in your inventory at all times because certain areas, such as the underground depths or the final dimension, lack renewable wood for players to craft new tools or weapons.
The bottom left of the main inventory should be used for spare tools, extra weapons, and ammunition, including arrows, pointed arrows, and firework arrows. This will ensure that players can quickly rearm depending on the situation they find themselves in. This setup also allows players to replace any tools that might break while exploring or mining.
The bottom right of the main inventory is best suited for items that players may need depending on the situation. Players can store storage solutions in this area of the inventory, such as shulker boxes for blocks and loot or an ender chest. Players can also place situational items like spotting scopes, flint and steel, compasses, and watches so they can quickly move to the hotbar if needed.
The top right portion of the inventory is best used for random items and loot that players acquire during their adventures. This should be where players store things like minerals they find while mining and loot they get from structures like villages, desert temples, end cities, etc.
For detailed guides, tutorials, tips, and more, check out minecraft-wiki