Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Organized Games and Puzzles

 Yesterday I posted about a friends unfinished basement that we turned into a fun, organized play space for her little girl. Today I wanted to focus a bit on how I organized her games.

The goal for this particular playroom was to pare things down as much as possible and simplify things so that her four year old would have a place to play and find things (and put them back) with ease.
 So that's what we did. I cut up the beat up board game boxes and used the box top (with instructions on the back) as a label inside a large 2 gallon-sized ziplock bag.  This made for a quick and easy way to access the games. It is also easier to put the pieces back into a bag vs a box and takes up a lot less space.


 I organize my kids' puzzles in a similar fashion. 
 They each get placed into a ziplock bag. I like to use the kinds with zippers on top to make it easy for kids to open and close.
 I create and write a title of each puzzle on the front of the back and list the number of pieces included.  Then I choose s letter (or two) from the title and write it on the back of each piece.
 That way if when pieces get misplaced, it is easy to tell where they belong.





 Smaller puzzles get put into smaller bags.
 I often either cut the top of the box or take a picture of the puzzle and use it to show what puzzle is inside. It also helps the kids put the puzzle together if they have a picture to reference.
 Found a couple foam puzzles with large pieces and placed them inside an inexpensive pencil box. Any kind of container that is easy to store and easy to get into works just great.

***To read about how I organized & displayed our family's games in plexiglass picture frames go here.


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10 comments:

  1. i love a great organization method!

    Have a wonderful week! Stop by nichollvincent.blogspot.com and say hello! :)

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    1. Thanks girl! Just stopped by and entered your fun giveaway! Have a great week as well!

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  2. I LOVE the letter on the back of the puzzle pieces idea!! Puzzles have a habit of getting mixed up and it takes a long time to sort them out sometimes...especially now that my kids are getting bigger and doing puzzles with more pieces :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Hilda! I feel your pain about the puzzle pieces. They still get mixed up around here but it is much easier to get them back to the right place now. I've also taken colored stickers which is easy too. We just have so many puzzles that we ran out of colors! :)
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      Susan

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  3. Love the idea of recording the number of pieces and also cross-referencing with a letter on the bag and puzzle backs. So smart! I will tuck this idea away for later when my little guy is a bit older.

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    1. Thanks Heather! Glad I could maybe be of some help! :)

      Susan

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  4. Thanks for posting this! I am going to get some big ziplocks this week for all the puzzle my little guys have. The love them, but they sure do take up space. This is great! Thanks!!

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    1. Yay! So glad I was maybe able to help a little! Thanks for stopping by as well!

      Susan

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  5. love the idea of breaking down bulky boxes and storing in baskets. Really cuts back on the clutter. I was planning to do something similar!

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    1. Thanks Laurie! It really makes it easier for the kids to get into and put away on their own too. I've got a few new ones that I need to do this with since Christmas. Thanks for stopping by!

      Susan

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