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10 Ingenius Ways to Store Board Games

If your house is anything like mine, it is a damn chore to find all of the game pieces in one place. in one room. oh one universe. Every time we want to play family game night we actually have to play hide-and-go seek FIRST just to find the pieces to play the game. I have had enough of stepping on Monopoly houses (ouch!), finding dice in my couch cushions, and getting down on all fours to look for playing cards under the couch…my household needs a system. And luckily there are some amazing and brilliant and ‘why didn’t I think of that’ organizational ideas for board games. Below you will find my favorites!


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1. This is one of those organization tips that I see on Pinterest and I’m like, why the FREAK did I not think of this! My daughter has one of these hanging closet organizers in her closet, it’s supposed to be there to organize her school outfits by day…do you really think that happens on a regular basis? No! I might as well fill it up with her board games so I don’t have to step on pieces all over her bedroom!


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2. Um. Hello. There are so many versatile uses for a pot lid rack, that this game organization doesn’t surprise me..but it is one of those things..that oh heck..I didn’t think of that either! This would be a great way to store games in the family room under a coffee table.


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3. No…. this one is really genius! How many times do you have broken boxes or pieces falling out of the boxes when the kids are moving them around? All. The. Time. Putting a rubber band around each box is just like putting a bra on your boobs, it holds everything in place..just where it’s supposed to be.


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4. I love this tip for those of us who don’t have a whole lot of room to store boxes! Buy some of these larger ziploc bags and dump everything into the bag. Zip it up and store it in a nice basket. Genius!


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5. As soon as I saw this card storage tip..I knew that it was a tip for me. How many random Uno, Skip-bo, Old Maid cards do you find laying around the house, under the couch, in your bed or under the oven? In my household…all of them. Do yourself a favor, go to the Dollar store and pick yourself up some travel soap containers to store your card games.


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6. Yes. Yes. Yes. I love these little plastic drawer things and I already use them to store my craft supplies, so why not game pieces! You can usually get them pretty inexpensively at Walmart or Target. Label each drawer with the game name and voila, you’ve got yourself some stylish and practical storage that doesn’t break the bank!

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7. This idea. This. What? Why? It’s brilliant! With a rolling cart you can bring all of your game boards into any room in the house. OR if you are like me and occasionally play board games at a neighbors house (while drinking wine) you can just roll your board games next door!


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8. This ish is so classy, I can’t even. Can’t even. Custom jar labels for my games? Um..YES Please! I peeped these on Pinterest and have already made myself a mental note to make some of these for myself. Which actually means, tell my graphic designer husband to get on that ish now! If he makes them for me, I’ll make them available for FREE download for you too…but you need to sign up for my newsletter to get em!


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9. here’s a new way of thinking…instead of stacking the game board boxes like we normally’s actually a whole heck of a lot easier to store them vertically with the game board name facing up. That way you don’t have to disrupt any of the games when you pick out a box!


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10. Wait? You mean to tell me they actually sell Game Board savers? Where have these been all of my life! At $15.00 bucks a pop that’s not a bad price to ensure that you’ll all the pieces to your game boards for years to come! Problem Solved.


This article has 44 comments

  1. food

    thank you for your this artcile 10 INGENIUS WAYS TO STORE BOARD GAMES i enjoy read your article

  2. Rachel

    From the way you described it, it sounds like the organisational tool you need is simply putting the game back once you’ve finished with it

    • Nice

      No need to criticize and be catty.

      • mreeanne

        That wasn’t catty at all. Just truthful, all the organizational tools in the world won’t help if they aren’t applied.

        • L. Q.

          I agree; not catty. lol Just honest. Two minutes to put a game a way after play makes them last many years. We have games that we have played with our children and now our grandchildren. Teaching kids to put things away correctly is a good skill for them to have. No need to be anal – just quick and neat.

          • jamie

            My youngest, who never got to meet his grandma, did get to keep his Yahtzee score on the same sheet his grandma used. Same Yahtzee I played as a child. omg that game is 50 years old. But I dont keep them the way my mom did, I dont have the same kind of places. Trick is to find the place I your space that works for you.

    • jamie

      which is much easier when you find place children can manage. some great ideas.

  3. Jenny

    Loved these ideas. May I suggest though that you find a darker color for text ( and wee bit bigger too! ) You have such great ideas here, but what you say is difficult for many eyes to read!!

  4. Rochelle

    I enjoyed the article very much. One tip that has made a HUGE difference in keeping all the pieces to games together in our house is I started using ziploc sandwich bags for the pieces before putting them back in the boxes. even if the box spills open the pieces are contained together. And it is easy for the kids to put back too. My next strategy is to find storage for all the boxes now that we filled up the small family room cupboard. Thanks for some great ideas.

    • jamie

      Our boxes got to be quite old, tape only works for a few decades. Game pieces and rules in a ziplock, the boards are all stacked together. No boxes. Takes up a lot less room Label on the board, label on the bag, just grab and go.

  5. Jill

    My favorite way is to frame them and put the pieces n a baggie that hangs behind them, then use them as art.

  6. Rap

    We use ziplocks for game oieces too. All the pieces for a player in one baggie. We also try to make it a habit to count pieces when putting the game away. (Everyone should gave 40 trains). Kids puzzles always went in ziplock bags. We h ave two cabinets of games mostly in boxes. The smaller things like card games go in a basket, box, or tub together.

  7. TiffanyS

    I’m digging the tavel soap storage for cards. I’ll look into that! As for storing them on their sides? My husband would flip out if I made that mistake (despite how much easier they are to access). The pieces get all jumbled inside and he then has to spend 20 minutes organizing the inside.

    • L. Q.

      I agree; on their side… not a good idea. What a mess each time you open it.

  8. Greta Hoostal

    Thanks, good tips, but it’s ‘ingenious’, with an ‘o’.

    • Jenny

      That’s not just logic. That’s really seebsiln.

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  9. L. Q.

    You have some good ideas here, but your crass language is not witty or funny. Just crass. I don’t mean this as a mean criticism. There is a lot of competition in blogging so I just thought you may want some feedback. I won’t be visiting again.

    • TaybeandJax

      Crass? Seriously? I never comment on any of the blogs I read but honey if you think this is crass, you are in for a rude awakening. This is not your blog. Didn’t your mother teach you that ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it all’?

  10. Jenny

    As the mom of 3 little ones, my time is way too valuable to spend criticizing how you spell, what style language you use our how competetive a blogger you are. I had no problem reading this & not only enjoyed it but took some great information w me (as well as a new pin for my board!) Lord knows we can teach our children all the lessons in the world but only time will bring those lessons to fruit & I need all the organizational tips in the world to help MY sanity until they are old enough to clean every bit up after themselves & I stop finding cards in the couch lol! Thank u4 the time u took 2 post it & keep them coming. I’ll be back ;)

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  14. Gaylene

    Hi! I LOVE the hanging closet organizer for games idea but I can’t find the one you used. I got one from Walmart but it’s too shallow. Can you help me with an idea for where to find one like you have pictured in your “how to organize games” post? Thank you!

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    I found it helpful to have a parts and pieces open container in each floor of my home that anyone could quickly toss a stray game piece, card, or a part of something found but unknown into. This way instead of having to open each box to put away a stray piece, when the game is being played again they could just check the parts and pieces box for any missing pieces before playing. Still use this method even though our children are grown

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