This is a topic that comes up frequently in board game discussions: how do you organize and store your games?
We keep our games in a set of Ikea Kallax units: we have 3 4×4 units, plus we have stacked 1×4 units on top (in white, because that most matches our house décor). We removed the middle sections of these units to store larger games.
Then, they are organized left to right by color. Games with multiple colors due to expansions are in a column on the right, where they are less visible, along with games we plan to sell and no longer play.
From top to bottom, they are then organized roughly by size and length (smaller, shorter games on the top, longer games on the bottom).
Finally, we store the majority of them vertically, to make them easy to pull in and out. In order to do so, we have to store our components properly.
In general, most of our game components are stored in a combination of bags and small bins. The bags we use are 4×4″ or 4×6″ 4 Mil bag which we buy on Amazon. The bins we use are these ones from the Dollar Tree.
Each player’s starting components are in their own bag, and any components that are set out at the start of the game (decks, tiles, etc) are stored in their own bags. Resources that are used throughout the game are stored in the bins so that players can access them easily throughout the game.
We find that this works well for about 95% of our games. We’ll take a look at a few of the outliers later.