Thursday, June 3, 2010

Organizing Games and Puzzles

Our family loves Pizza and Game Night! Nothing is worse than sitting down to a little pizza and setting up a game just to realize that you are missing a ”few” pieces to the game…kind of takes the fun out of it!

So let’s get these games under control and while we are at it get the cards and puzzles organized as well.

If you have a huge storage closet for games, you are so lucky!! All I would say to you is categorize your games by age group, such as pre-school, teen or adult games. Make sure you keep adult games on the top shelf so small little hands don’t accidently open the game and use the pieces in her Barbie House never to be found again. Keep the pre-school games at their reach so they can play with them even if the family isn’t playing a game. Many times my youngest son will just make things up with the games and play by himself.

Now onto the rest of us that make due with what storage we have or should I say don’t have! Start by simply stacking the game boards (only) together on one shelf. You could label the boards if you don’t want to turn them game side out. With the small pieces and instructions to the games place them in labeled Ziploc bags. Here is where I would buy the easy close Ziploc bag and spend a little extra so it will be easy for everyone to open and close the bags. Now place the storage bags in a storage tote or box to keep them falling all over the shelf. This will take up so little space, you will be shocked! If you have games that need to stay in their original box because it is part of the game no big deal you will have room left to spare!!!

Tips for everyone no matter how much room you have for games:
- Reinforce the original box with tape to keep it lasting longer
- Put all the small pieces from the board game in a Ziploc bag to avoid the scattering of these pieces if the box is accidently dropped.
- Place the board game box side by side on a shelf like books so that can easily access them and they won’t smash other games.

If you have more puzzles than space, cut out the picture of the puzzle and place the picture and puzzle pieces in a Ziploc bag. Store all the puzzle bags in a tote or shoe box.

Our card games get used all the time and the card box becomes well…let’s just say it is no longer a box. I cut out the picture of the card game, take out the instructions and place the cards in a…c’mon you know what’s coming…yes a Ziploc bag!!! Again I put them in a storage tote (shoe box size) or you can use a shoe box whatever is handy!

These are just some simple ideas to help keep all your games, cards and puzzle together and all in one place. Have fun playing….Maybe you can start a Pizza and Game Night in your house too!!!

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