Easy Ways to Hide / Organize Games and Board Games
Board games making your space feel cluttered? Don’t worry; I have 3 easy hacks that will help turn that space from messy to organized, in no time.
The great thing about these hacks is you can switch them up whenever the design in your home changes too.
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Our family loves when we have a game night. It’s a time where we can get away with being lazy but still be intentional with our time together. Since we live walking distance from a lake, we will usually bring out the board games after we’ve had a short outing to the water or if we spent the day running errands and didn’t get to do anything fun.
Some of my favorite childhood memories were the ones where the family gathered round for an intense game of Monopoly. Seeing everyone laugh and holler because they forgot to ask the banker for their $200 when passing go was hilarious.
Board games also do wonders to help boost your child’s math, language, and critical thinking skills.
Without further ado, here are 3 ways to organize those board games!
1. BOXY BOARDGAMES
For those colorful board games, wrap them up in your preferred wrapping paper. I chose some plain brown packaging paper since the majority of our home has neutral colors. You can order the same paper here if you like the one I have.
To make the labels for the board game, I bought some clear printable sticker paper which you can find here. Then used Word to create and print them.
Click the button below to download The Tattooed Momma’s premade board game labels.
I only wrapped and glued the lid for the games that had a pop off type lid.
If you don’t plan on switching out the wrapping paper I suggest gluing all sides down with a glue stick.
I didn’t glue down the paper during my first try at this method so the excess air made the lids difficult to close and caused the paper to rip easily.
I’ll admit, gluing everything is a tedious task but so far it’s proven to be worth the time put in. Especially if your games get tossed, shoved, and smashed by little hands too excited for patience.
2. BAGGED GAMES AND/OR OVERFLOW GAMES
I had some extra cubby boxes so I threw these games in and placed it on our game shelf.
A lot of the boxy board games had holes in the top so for these I put them in gallon zip bags and placed them inside the cubby box with the other “bagged games”.
Getting all the boxed board games to fit on one shelf was the goal. So any overflow games also got placed in the cubby box, inside zip bags.
Place everything neatly inside the cubby boxes. Things that can’t be seen right away will always fall into the “out of sight, out of mind” idiom. This will later lead to clutter.
3. BOOK BOXES
Our game center doubles as a book shelf with reading material for guests so my original idea was to put all the games in book boxes or even DIY my own out of old books from the thrift store.
This would’ve required some board games to be cut into smaller pieces then taped back together to fit. I didn’t really like the idea of cutting up my small fortune of board games so I personally went with my wrapping paper method instead.
I still felt this idea was worth mentioning though because if I didn’t have cubby boxes on hand then I would have just put the smaller games into book boxes.
Another thing that made me go a different route was not being able to find the paper mache ones at my local stores. I stopped at 5 different stores and only 1 craft store had the one I wanted but that store also only had 1 on hand.
If you want the book boxes, I did find out you can order them online. I just didn’t because I wanted this done that day. Here is the link for standard book boxes and for the paper mache version click here.