How to Organize Board Games for a Better Game Night! | Clutter Video Tip

How to Organize Board Games for a Better Game Night! | Clutter Video Tip


Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter
Diet book and on-line program and today we’re going to talk about organizing your games.
So it’s summertime, the kids are home, and they are probably bored, and maybe that means
they’re playing board games, and maybe you’re playing with them. I hope you are. We want
to talk today about some tips for keeping those board games organized and having all
of it work a little bit better. I find with toys [POP] in general they usually
are sold with packaging that is better designed for selling the product rather than storing
it long-term. So typically there are some things that are very lacking in the packaging,
especially box strength. I guess we may have had an over-zealous player here who stomped
around and broke these or something. But this happens all the time. I see this in every
client’s house. The best remedy for this is clear packing tape. We keep this in our
tool kit all of the time. And it’s great, of course, for moving, right? But you can
very easily seal back things that need repair and you can even proactively reinforce the
corners of boxes, especially when kids are little, [POP] when you know that there might
be a little mishandling going on. So this is a way to fix that. The other thing we want to talk about is how
to store all of the little pieces. So I’m a big believer in re-sealable zipper bags
for all the little types of pieces. This is a Monopoly game; obviously we’ve got the
hotels and the houses. I have these really tiny zipper bags that I got from an on-line
store that has specialty shipping products. [POP] So I’ve found these really handy for
lots of things, for travel, but obviously you can get the snack size bags also at the
grocery store, and those work very well too. So you can use those. Also, simple rubber
bands- just rubber band the cards together that belong with each other so that things
don’t get all shuffled around in the box. Another thing we want to talk about is labeling
things with a permanent marker when you can see how they might work better for you. So
we have this game, we love this game, Taboo. You have to draw the card from one side of
the box and replace them in the back in the other side of the box. And what happens is
you sometimes, in the frenzy of play, you can forget which side you drew them from.
So we just took a permanent marker and we wrote “front” right here, and “back”
right here, so we always know which side to draw from. Well, if you’re bored this summer and you
are surfing around social media, we would love to see you on some of our sites, like
Pinterest. You can see us at pinterest.com/loriemarrero. Or you can subscribe here to our YouTube channel,
YouTube.com/clutter diet. Thanks for watching, see you next time, and
may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

13 thoughts on “How to Organize Board Games for a Better Game Night! | Clutter Video Tip”

  1. Thanks for watching, hipretty! My bags came from Associated Bag Company, but you can also get these from Uline. Unfortunately I can't post links in comments, but if you search for either of these companies, both of them will probably pop up.

  2. Thanks for this. Helpful to me as a teacher. Do you have a video about organizing photographs and mementos particularly of family and from travelling abroad? I have a big bin full and I just can't get myself started on the process.

  3. You can also get the small bags from Hobby and Craft Shops like Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's in the scrapbooking and jewelry areas.

  4. Hi bornearth, thank you for watching! We don't have a video on photographs- that is such a subjective topic, it's hard to digest it down to a 3 minute video. It is on our radar so, hopefully we will have something soon.

  5. Thank you for another great video Lori! As a game lover, I've taped up my share of boxes! That's part of the reason I'm so glad to be a part of SimplyFun, a learning resource company with award winning games and activities that help build smarter kids and stronger families through the amazing power of play. All our products are durable because we know you'll want to play it over and over and over! I would love to be able to share your video on my facebook fanpage, Fun and Games with Brandy?

  6. Hi BrandyJuly, thanks so much for watching and enjoying my video. And thank you for asking about sharing it. Yes, please do share the video as you see fit.

  7. Hi, I love your videos! Just a heads up: you can also get the tiny zipper style bags at walmart where they sell medical aids. There are 100 per purchase for about $2.00! I use them for lots of things!

  8. Instead of rubberbands, use the wrapped pony-tail holders (Walmart, etc.). They last much longer and rarely break.

  9. I literally got sick watching this. Permeant marker, rubberbands, tape…yeah, those board games aren't gonna last at all and will be pitched and pasted over by any collector later in life. The only thing she got right was little ziplock baggies. There's other, better videos on how to organize AND protect your games. Especially with the insane prices of printed cardboard sets that we call board games, use those video tips. I know she meant well but this is really bad advice.

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