While we wait for the ceiling planks in the basement to be installed and painted (electrical is done, yay!), so I can do a long awaited basement reveal, I thought I’d share the best puzzle and board game organizational hack, evvvvverrrr! A few months ago we transferred most of our game stash to zipper pouches and it’s been a game changer (pun intended). Makes just about every part of picking out, playing, putting away, and managing lost and found pieces, easier and therefore more appealing to the whole fam. I’ll explain the process and what you need, below!
AN EASY WAY TO ORGANIZE BOARD GAMES AND PUZZLES:
- zipper pouches (we ordered one of each of the black and rainbow sets)
- a good sharpie for labeling
- rubber bands and or zip lock bags to hold cards and pieces you want to group together
- one or two small to medium bins or baskets to hold smaller games, decks of cards, and loose pieces (These fit in drawers well and these bins are cute and functional for stacking! Both are pictured.)
STEP 1: Sort through your games, get rid of what you don’t play or don’t have the correct pieces for. Donate or throw away accordingly. Order the pieces or games you want to replace and all the other supplies listed above that you don’t already have… or add them to your shopping list.
STEP 2: Once you have all of your supplies and have 45 minutes to work, start emptying games and puzzles into pouches based on size. Make sure to include instructions and the picture for puzzles. Label accordingly and organize into drawers bins or cabinets.
STEP 3: Find a place for the remaining games that don’t fit into the zipper pouches. We also kept a few of our vintag-y games in their boxes, as well as our wazzu-monopoly!
THAT’S IT! EASY PEASY!
This system also makes it easy to grab and go for trips or group family game nights.
We had a few pouches left over that will be perfect as we add to our collection.
Let me know if I missed anything or if you have any questions!