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Organizing Board Games for More Shelf Space

Updated on January 10, 2013
Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Sorry and many more of our favorite games are Fun, but also "space stealers"...
Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Sorry and many more of our favorite games are Fun, but also "space stealers"...

Board Games : Fun to Play, Not to Store

We all love board games. Fun times with family and friends. Whether it be Monopoly, Sorry, Apples to Apple, checkers or chess...games are fun to play. On the other hand, they are often "space stealers". Boxes stacked up, falling over and generally wasting space or falling on out on our heads as we take them off of a top shelf in the closet. There is a better way (said in my best infomercial voice). Here is a simple, yet effective way to keep your favorite games and gain back valuable space in your home.

A simple pencil box can be used to save space with your board games. They can be found out Staples, Walmart or some dollar stores.
A simple pencil box can be used to save space with your board games. They can be found out Staples, Walmart or some dollar stores.
Placing the games pieces, money, cards, dice etc. into the pencil boxes to save space. The box on the left contains all the pieces etc. for the game of Monopoly and the one on the right contains the pieces for both Parcheesi AND Sorry.
Placing the games pieces, money, cards, dice etc. into the pencil boxes to save space. The box on the left contains all the pieces etc. for the game of Monopoly and the one on the right contains the pieces for both Parcheesi AND Sorry.
Here are the board games re-boxed and neatly taking up about 1/4 the original space on the shelf.
Here are the board games re-boxed and neatly taking up about 1/4 the original space on the shelf.
This decorative box, or one like it, can hold 7-10 pencil boxed games and offers a more stylish approach to retro-fitting your board games while saving you much needed space.
This decorative box, or one like it, can hold 7-10 pencil boxed games and offers a more stylish approach to retro-fitting your board games while saving you much needed space.

What you need & How to use it

Purchase 1 (one) plastic pencil box (pictured) for each board game you want to downsize. In some cases you will be able to "bunk" two games in one box. From the games shown I was able to put the pieces from Sorry and Parcheesi in the same box, as the pieces were fairly small and similar in shape and use. These pencil boxes were purchased from Staples, but are also available from stores like Walmart, Target and many dollar stores.

1. Take all the game pieces including player pieces, dice, cards, money etc out of the game box and place in one of the pencil boxes. Again, similar games or those with only a few piece can share a box. Take cards and money and place a rubber band around them to keep them together and separated with games like Monopoly. Make sure the rubber band is loose enough so it doesn't crease or cut the edges of the cards or money.

2. Place the instruction in the box with the pieces. If the instructions are on the original box and small enough to cut out and stick in the box, do so. If they are too big you can make a photocopy and fold that up an put into the box. Also, many games have their instructions available online. If they are you can print them out and place them in the box or place them in clear protective sleeves and keep them all in one binder placed next to the game boards on the shelf for safe keeping.

3. The new pencil boxes that you have turned into game boxes will now stack neatly in about 1/4 of the space with the boards standing bookshelf style right next to them (as shown). You can use a Sharpie and write the name of each game on it's respective box or print out decorative labels and place them on each box.

4. If you are looking for a more stylish option, you can place the pencil boxes in a decorative box. These boxes can be purchased at stores like Walmart, Michael's and Target. The one shown will hold up to 7-8 games and can be placed side by side or stacked depending on your available shelf space and configuration.

You can now discard all those game boxes as you have effectively reclaimed some of your home's much needed and valuable space. It's OK...really...you can throw them out. It's not like it's the un-opened package of a mint condition 1977 Star Wars figure...it's just a box.

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