Organizing Games: Family Board Game Storage You Need to See

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Certainly organizing games, makes it easier to find what you are looking for.

But how do you go about organizing games, when games boxes come in so many different shapes and sizes?

Clearly, it makes keeping them organized a chore!

I’m excited to share my solution to keep our family board games neat and organized!

In this post . . .

  • Organizing Games Dilemma
  • Organizing Board Games in Pouches
  • Determine Size of Pouches
  • Label Pouches
  • Organize Game Pouches
  • Card Game Storage
  • More Organizing Ideas . . .

Organizing Games Dilemma

No matter how many times I organized this game closet, it just wouldn’t stay organized.

If you pulled out a game towards the bottom of the stack, inevitably they would fall and make a mess.

But my real beef with this closet is the bi-fold doors.

They blocked about 8-10 inches of the shelf.

So, if I wanted a game that happened to be in the corner, I had to remove all the games on the shelf to retrieve the one game I wanted.

Not a great solution!

And the problem just escalated when the grand-kids wanted to get out a game.

We love playing games together as a family and I knew I had to find a better solution!

Organizing Board Games in Pouches

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This is an organizing project I’ve been wanting to do for more than a year!

After much research, I decided to try the Kawaii accessory pouches from The Container Store.

You’ll also find zippered pouches similar in size on Amazon.

Not only do they come in 3 sizes that I thought would accommodate my games, but the reviews claimed that they were extremely durable.

So, I thought this would be the perfect solution for my game storage dilemma.

Certainly placing the games in similar sized containers will help keep this game closet organized.

But there is all the added packaging in game boxes that clearly wastes space!

By ditching the boxes and placing all of the games in similar pouches, really frees up a lot of space.

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Determine Size of Pouches

Before you start an organizing project like this, sort through your games and donate or dispose of any games you no longer use.

Next you’ll want to check the size of each game you intend to keep.

Make a list of each game and which size of pouch they will fit in best.

Then you know exactly how many pouches you need to purchase.

Label Pouches

Of course, each pouch will need to be clearly labeled.

I chose to label mine using my Silhouette machine.

First I determined the size I wanted each title to be and chose a font.

You can also cut the name from the game box and tape it to the pouch with clear packaging tape.

Once I had my title typed into the program, I sent them to the digital cutter.

I weeded the design and placed it on the transfer tape.

Finally, rub the letters onto the pouch and remove the transfer tape.

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Once all of the bags are labeled, place the game parts and instructions in the pouch.

To be sure my vinyl titles stayed put on the pouches, I also placed a strip of clear packaging tape over the lettering.

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Organize Game Pouches

Once all of the games are in the pouches, I then sorted them in baskets.

As I started to sort them into the baskets, I decided to alphabetize them too.

You just can’t have too much organization!

In fact I may be a little OCD, but I also alphabetize my dvd’s too.

It just gives me peace of mind.

Let me tell you this works like a charm.

If I need to get a game that’s in the corner, I just pull out the basket and can easily get the game I’m looking for.

I must say this has totally transformed my game closet.

Card Game Storage

One more item that needed organizing in my game closet is the card games.

I placed them in recycled tape storage backup boxes that my husband brings home from work.

Labeling each box makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.

Then, I placed the card games in a box.

I did have 3 games that were too large for any of the pouches.

But most of my games fit in the letter size pouches.

This game organizing ideas has transformed my game closet and makes retrieving them so much easier.

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Organizing Games: Family Board Game Storage You Need to See

Suggested materials:
  • Kawaii Accessory Pouch Set   (The Container Store)
  • Vinyl   (Hobby Lobby)
  • Packing Tape   (Home Depot)
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  • Monica Monica on Feb 16, 2022

    I have thought about doing this before. But what did you do with the game boards themselves? They couldn’t possibly fit in those pouches. How do you organize whatever is left that is too big to fit inside the pouch and still keep the game together? I apologize if I missed where you addressed this…I just really need ideas. And, what if the instructions are printed inside the box lid? I love the idea of consolidating these things into a smaller footprint. Just not sure exactly how to make it work. I am definitely not attached to these boxes, so I am ready to try another system!

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  • Kathy Kathy on Feb 18, 2022

    What a wonderful idea. You are a serious game player, If I was, I would definitely do what you did. So organized. Thank you. I would love to see how you organized the freezer.

  • Sunny Side Design Sunny Side Design on Feb 18, 2022

    Thank you Kathy. Well we do have a post on organizing the freezer too. 😉 Have a wonderful weekend.