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Storing board games

Storing board games
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How to keep your board games tidy

Board games are often a staple of family get-togethers or parties but their bulky size can take up a lot of room. Instead of rummaging around your house trying to find the game you want, try out our tips on storing them…

1.       Give away the games you don’t want anymore

The first step to organising your games is to sort out which ones you want to keep and which ones to give away. Don’t take up space with games that you never play. Donate them to charity or sell them second-hand. Some board games can sell for a lot of money these days, especially ones that are worth collecting. Have a look at The Gamer’s list of 25 old board games that are worth a lot of money now and see if you have any hidden gems.

2.       Stack your games on shelves

If you want to proudly display your collection, stack your boxes on shelves and on their side to save the most room. You can organise your collection in alphabetical order, by genre or year. Slide a game out when you want it, then slide it back into place when you’re done – easy!

3.       Use drawers to tuck away your games

You may like to keep your games safely out of the way, so try using spare drawers in your house to store them. Each drawer can hold a particular selection of games – one for cards, one for role play and one for strategy, for example. If you want to keep your board game obsession discreet, this is the best way to do it.

4.       Ditch the packaging

The boxes that board games are held in are often the bulkiest part so get rid of it and all other packaging to really save a lot of space. The thin boards can be stacked in a pile and the pieces that go with it can be placed in a zip lock bag. Just remember to label the board and the bag of pieces so you know what board game they are meant for.

5.       Store your games in a self-storage unit

If your collection is too big and you don’t have enough space to store it using the advice above, consider using a storage unit. Keep the games that you use on a regular basis in your home, but games that you only use for a special occasion can be put into storage and taken out when needed.

The monthly cost of storage will depend on the unit provider you choose. It’s best to compare at least three companies before choosing. We have an article on how to save money on your self-storage if you need some advice on cutting costs. It’s also important to check whether the provider you choose comes with insurance. If not, Store and Insure will cover your stuff from 57p per week per £1000 of cover – get a quote today!

More space for game nights

With your board games stored out of the way, you have more space to spread out when playing, and hopefully winning, against family and friends.