It is that time of year when I try to purge, reorganize and make room for the new gifts I know our kids will receive over Christmas! My daughter and I tackled our game cabinet last weekend because it was a DISASTER! I’d like to share the simple process with you today in case it can be helpful when you’re ready to do some organizing!
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Organizing Your Game Cabinet or Closet
We actually have two cabinets that we store our games in, one for adult games and one for kid games. But as you can see, they had gotten all kinds of mixed up and it was time to clean them out!
There’s really only a couple of things you need for this process and you probably already have them lying around the house, which makes this project FREE! Win!
Quart and Gallon sized Ziploc bags
Microfiber cleaning cloths
Start by pulling everything out of the cabinet or closet. I mean EVERYTHING. If it is a closet, you may want to vacuum it out. We took a damp cloth and wiped out all of the dust inside the cabinets.
We were keeping all of our kids’ puzzles in the cabinets, as well, so I had my daughter sit down and put each puzzle together to make sure we had all of the pieces. Any puzzle that was missing pieces was thrown in the trash. Then we moved all of the puzzles to another cabinet upstairs to make room for the new games I know are coming in the form of Christmas gifts!
Next, any game pieces or instructions that had been found lying loose in the cabinets were reunited with their correct box. We went through each game looking to make sure they had the correct instructions, pieces, board, etc. Any game that was missing pieces went in the trash. We also made a stack of games we don’t play anymore and could get rid of.
Some of our boxes were so torn up we decided to throw them away, too. We used Ziploc bags to store the contents of the game if we just needed to get rid of the box.
Other boxes were salvageable and just needed some Scotch tape to reattach the corners.
Putting it All Back
Once all of your games have the correct contents and have been reinforced it’s time to put them back!
You can organize them in whatever way makes most sense for your family. Maybe keep the most popular games more accessible and the one’s that aren’t played as much toward the bottom. For us, I stacked them smallest to largest, adult games in the left cabinet and kids games in the right.
SOOO much better!
I still have to go through their playroom and my daughter’s closet (I organized my son’s closets last weekend, too, and wasn’t sure I was going to come out alive) but this was a good start!
We’ve moved several times now in our marriage, which has caused me to really hate clutter because I didn’t like having to go through a bunch of junk when it was time to pack. We’ve gotten really good about going through our stuff on a regular basis and getting rid of anything we don’t use anymore. Sometimes we have a garage sale, sometimes I sell it online. Sometimes we end up donating it depending on the situation and what it is!
I hope this was helpful if you’re looking to do some decluttering and reorganizing! Have any tips that you use for organizing? Please share in the comments!
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