Organizing Board Games

I’ve shared with you that I spent the majority of my energy and time last year purging and organizing our home.  Many of the projects were shared here.  But, a few were not. One of those was the board games.  We love to play games as a family when we can, and we have quite a collection of loved games, many that were handed down to me from when I was a kid!!
 
Last week my youngest was trying to get a game out of the cabinet that we store the games in
 
game cabinet
 
and said “this needs to be straightened!” (he’s my guy that likes things neat…most of the time)  I took a glance, and sure enough it did.  
 
Game storage cabinet
Even the best organized space can get messy again over time!!
 
So, we went to work!!  We pulled EVERYTHING out and made piles.  Placed random pieces back in their appropriate place and then tackled the cards.
 
organizing playing cards
Seriously, how many decks of cards does one family need???  I sorted through each deck, and threw out the ones that weren’t complete, and surprisingly what I was left with all fit in the container!!  🙂
 
In organizing this cabinet last year, I realized that one of the biggest problems was the boxes.  Many of them were falling apart, and honestly took up more space than necessary.  So, most of the boxes got trashed and now we stack a lot of the game boards.
 
organizing board games
And use plastic storage containers to store the game pieces that go with the boards.  I have a couple of these for games that have larger pieces.
 
organizing board games
But the majority are stored in these sandwich tubs that I found at the Dollar Tree.
 
Use clear plastic bins to store and organize board game pieces
Notice they are not labeled – which I have said is essential to keeping things organized – I need to get on that.  But, the tubs are clear which makes it pretty easy to see what tub goes with what game.  At least when it is neat like this 
 
Simple tips for organizing board games
 
and not like this.
 
game cabinet before
 
Do you and your family enjoy board games? Sometimes I feel like it is an old-fashioned activity that is slowly being taken over by video gaming.  But, I can promise you friends there are so many awesome things happening when two or more people sit down and play a board game together!!  Make some time soon.  🙂

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3 Comments

  1. Ahhh…much better! We have bins and bins of games that we periodically clean out. My husband is a neatnik too, and the games bug him! Way to get them organized and tidied up! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

  2. My family has always played games—card games and board games. I have a wonderful collection! Unfortunately, the grandkids live far away and I don't get to see them often, but when we're together we always play games! Everyone came here for Thanksgiving and as soon as dinner was over and the dishes done, it was time for everyone to sit around the dining table for some game-playing! Such fun!

  3. You've got some great ideas here! I agree–some board games come in a big box that just wastes space. I may have to try these techniques. Thanks so much for linking this up at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

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