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.
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.