How to Finally get your Board Games Organized

board game on family game night

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My family and I love playing board games together on family game night. I’m so glad I figured out a way to keep our board games organized since we got tired of playing Tetris when storing all of the different sized game boxes!

What I love about this board game organization solution is that it’s super cost effective, it won’t take a lot of time to complete, and it’s super easy to use and keep organized. To get started, you just need to make sure you have the following supplies:

  1. a good pair of scissors
  2. a roll of packing tape
  3. mesh document bags
  4. a container (we used cube storage bins)
  5. a Sharpie

Ok, once you have those ordered/located, I totally recommend taking some time to go through the board games you already have. If you have board games that are now too young for your kids to play, consider giving them to a friend or put them up for grabs in your local Buy Nothing Group. Unless they hold some sort of sentimental value, there’s really no reason to keep those games in your house so go ahead and find them new homes.

As for the games that you and your family do still play with, take some time to go through and make sure they have all of the pieces necessary and, if needed, order replacements. Some common pieces needed replacing might be dice, pawns, or spinners. If you lost a timer, it’ll be easy enough to use a watch or your smart phone to keep time.

photo showing the difference of space required to store board games in boxes versus in bags
Can you believe the amount of space I was able to save by moving board games from boxes to bags?! It’s amazing!

Why Organize your Board Games?

I mean, other than to, obviously, improve the organization of your home, there are many reasons to move your board games from boxes into mesh zip baggies. My top three, though? Let’s get to it:

  1. Organized board games take up less room! I just know some of you are going to come at me for pretty much destroying board game boxes. I get it – they can be part of the fandom and part of the board game experience. But, those boxes (and all the inserts) just take up so much room! Living with 2 tweens, a husband, and a dog…we got a lot of stuff. If I can make things take up less room, but still have them be functional, I’m going to do it.
  2. Broken down board games are easier to access! Have you ever watched a kid try to get an odd-shaped board game box out from the top of a pile of other board games? They’re often strategically placed and, if the wind blows the wrong way, they’ll just tumble onto the floor. Having all the board games in the zip document baggies, all together in a cube bin, just makes board games way more accessible!
  3. Board games in bags are easier to bring on adventures! We travel a good bit. While we go on plenty of adventures while traveling, sometimes we just need downtime. It’s way easier to pack a few bags of board games for an educational cruise than it is to pack boxes of board games, ya know?
image of a board game after being transferred into a mesh zip bag
Adhering the board game title to the mesh bag with tape is super easy! The tape stays put for a long time, but is also easy to take off in case you decide to rehome the game.

How to get the Board Games Organized

Are you getting excited for family game night?! We are! Now that your board game organization supplies have arrived, let’s get down to business.

First, you want to get yourself ready for getting the board games organized. Sit yourself (and your supplies) down at a table or have a hard surface accessible.

Our kitchen table is always hosting some sort of science experiment or craft project, so I sat down on the floor of my office to complete this task. (getting up from the floor, though? oof!). Set all of your supplies out so that you’ll have everything nearby when you need it.

Once you’re settled, you’re ready to get the first of your board games organized! Take your scissors and cut the name of the game out of the game box. If you’re dealing with a 2-piece box, I find it easiest to cut the name from the side. If you’re organizing a board game that has a box with a flap, I like to cut the name off of the flap. But, you do whatever floats your boat.

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Once you have the board game name cut out, lay one of the mesh document bags down flat on your surface. Using your packing tape, adhere the board game name cut out onto the bag. I like to put mine centered on the bag and find that using two pieces of tape, laid horizontally, worked perfectly. Be sure to press that tape onto the mesh document bag, all around the board game name, to make sure it’s on there nice and tight.

Next, you’re going to take the board game “guts” out of the box. You probably don’t need the cardboard filler pieces or the plastic organizing trays, so set them aside to put in the trash/recycling later on. Put all the game pieces, and the instructions, inside the bag and zip it right up! If your board game has an actual board, but it doesn’t fit inside the bag, write the name of the game on the outside with a Sharpie.

At this point, you’re pretty much set! When you’re all done getting your board games organized in the mesh document bags, put them into your storage container.

If you do have a board for your game, but it doesn’t fit inside the bags, just place it behind the bag with all the game pieces for easy accessibility. I find that using the cube storage bins are the perfect size for storing the document bags. This makes the most sense for us since we use the cube organizers for storage, too, but please use whatever works best for your family.

Easy Peasy!

how the board game bags get stored inside a cube bin
The mesh bags are the perfect size for storing in cube bins!

Incorporating Board Games into your Homeschool Days

Now that you have your board games organized and ready for playing, let’s chat a bit about incorporating those games into your homeschool days a bit more, m’kay?

Did you know that board games can be a great way to keep the kids occupied and learning when you need a sick day?

That they’re awesome for bringing some excitement to rainy days?

That playing board games offers numerous educational benefits and can encourage cognitive development, math skills, reading & language skills, social skills, and more?!

Mmmhmm. Playing board games is both fun and educational!

Yay for Getting your Board Games Organized!

Does it feel awesome to have all the games organized? Don’t you love how using the document bags to organize the games takes up WAY less space than keeping the games inside the boxes?! Go you for saving space and making activities for family game night easier to access!

Leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear about your favorite family board games!

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,

- Elizabeth (and the kids. and the husband. even the dog.)

Elizabeth Dukart is a proud Georgia-based born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.

Created in 2021, Elizabeth owns and publishes That Homeschool Family: a free resource for homeschooling parents and beyond! A seasoned blogger, Elizabeth previously published a popular location-specific family resource blog, but decided to “Pivot!” her blogging focus after she started homeschooling her two boys in 2020. In addition to this blog, you can follow Elizabeth’s homeschooling and family adventures on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She can also be found in her Facebook Group: That Homeschool Family Hangout.

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