I find it easiest to keep our nicer and/or educational games on bookshelves in the room where I keep our schoolbooks. This allows me to have a bit more control over them. We keep basic games like Sorry, Battleship and Twister on bookshelves in our upstairs hallway, where the kids can easily grab them. I do try and monitor them to put them back when they’re done. There’s nothing less enjoyable than walking in to a room and finding it covered with a half-doze different game sets scattered across the floor. (Can you tell, I’ve been there, done that?)
Card games and smaller games are easy to corral in plastic dish tubs or baskets. I pick them up at the Dollar Store. Someday, I’m going to build floor-to-ceiling shelves in this room and have doors on half of them to hide the games and such. Until then, I might keep my eye open for something like this GORGEOUS game room hutch to make over.
I also make use of baby wipe containers and pencil cases for things like tanagrams, dominoes, magnetic letters, etc. I once picked up a dozen or so pencil cases at Walmart at a back-to-school sale for a quarter each. They are wonderful because they stack neatly on top of one another.
However, I REALLY like the idea of having Scrabble tiles, dominoes and even marbles on display in jars like the below photo from Apartment Therapy. I have a few of the old-fashioned Ball canning jars that would look nice on a shelf. I’ve even seen imitation, old-style canning jars at the Dollar Store that would work well.
Photo Credit http://www.apartmenttherapy.com
I’ve always taken puzzles out of the cardboard boxes and put the pieces in a heavy duty, zip top freezer bag. I cut the cover of the box and place it on top. I would then keep all the puzzles in a large plastic bin. We’re now out of the kids’ puzzle stage, so I don’t have a picture to show you. You can see an example of how I did it here ,though. I do prefer spending a bit extra for the bags with the actual zipper top as it’s easier to make sure they’re closed all the way. Otherwise, you’re likely to have pieces spilling out into the bottom of your tub. Of course, that can make for a nice sorting activity in and of itself!
Here is a super cute and creative idea from The Pleated Poppy. She’s using the same type of cart you’ll see Eleanor Joyce make over in November’s upcoming Laundry Room Digest. It’s adorable! I love old wire baskets. Right now I’m using one under my coffee table to store extra books.
So what about you? Do you have any great game storage tips?