My family loves playing board games together, an activity we’ve been doing more often since we had to start social distancing. But our board game storage was a mess. Some funds have seen better days.
I found a method on how to organize games and puzzles that was a game changer for us. Pun intended.
If your board games are taking over the house and/or you can’t look at another big tattered game box, read on.
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How to organize games and puzzles
First, there’s a little housekeeping. Before we organize, let’s evaluate what we have. Pull everything out and into one area.
Make some piles in the following categories:
- Games/puzzles you want to keep
- Games/puzzles you want to donate
- Toys/puzzles that have missing/broken pieces that need to be disposed of
Some good places to donate your old toys and puzzles are good intention Or the Salvation Army, schools (ask your children’s teachers), nursing homes, shelters, and churches. I found that we had toys hanging around that we hadn’t touched in years! That’s a huge space saver right there.
Large zip organizers to the rescue
For the games and puzzles we had left to organize, I bought them Large zipper bags. It’s mesh and clear so you can see through it and is waterproof. Ideal for taking trips.
I’ve found that most games and puzzles can fit in these bags, including some that fold into quarters. However, some gamepads are too large to fit. (Checkers – I’m looking at you). In this case, you can keep the original box if it is in good condition or try to find a larger box Zipper bag Which suits.
Although this board game storage idea wasn’t right for every game, I was able to save a ton of space. My kids find it much easier to go through our toy collection. It is much easier to get rid of it.
How we organize games and puzzles in these bags
For each game, I organized it into its own zippered bag and included all the pieces, cards, and game instructions. For the puzzles, I cut out an image of the puzzle to keep with the pieces for reference.
You can also store multiple card games in one Zipper bag! The trick is to split and secure each blackjack Rubber bands. Or just use one of the smaller ones Zipper bags They sell and organize them themselves.
After I organized all the games/puzzles into these bags, I labeled little tags with the puzzle description or board game name and attached them to the card Zipper On the bag. If you want to get really fancy, you can use Label maker Or even print a nice picture or something like that. Maybe you could take a picture of the toy/puzzle on one of those cute holograms and attach it. Hazar!
How to store these zipper bags
These bags lie flat or can be propped up inside your cabinets and cabinets. If game night is a regular event in your home, you may want to store these bags in your living room with easy access. This ottoman is a great storage ottoman, toy box/seat, or even a TV console. You don’t need a lot of space to store it Zipper bags.
I can’t tell you enough how much better this board game storage system is! And I can’t believe how much space we regained after removing those huge, tattered boxes.
And did I mention that these bags are also great for travel!? I will say it again! We always bring a toy or two with us on the trip – now you can just grab the bag and go without sacrificing a whole lot of trunk space. Since it is waterproof, it is safe to take to the beach.
Every year, I make a point of reviewing my toy/toy inventory and reorganizing it as needed. If board games are taking over your home, I highly recommend you try this method. Cheers for the upcoming game night!
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