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Eduardo Sánchez
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Hey there everybody! I think this is my first post in the general forums...

Anyway, I'm about to have problems fitting all of my boardgames (around 120 of 'em) in the only closet I have available for that purpose... so far all of them are inside, but I've got like 6 more coming in the next couple of weeks and I'm afraid running out of space in there!

So I just wanted to know if you guys have any tips on how you arrange your boardgames? Do you place them vertically?, horizontally?, biggest first? Maybe even a picture of your own would be great!

I'll be taking a photo and post it here once I make it home tonight.

Cheers!
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Mindy Basi
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Vertically makes sure the boxes don't get crushed underneath other boxes, and you have easy access. Horizontally works, but make sure you aren't dishing the boxes by stacking heavier ones on lighter ones. Sorted deck builders aren't going to like vertical storage too well.

You probably need a shelf outside the closet, throw out those books you haven't read in years.devil

I am now a complete fan of chromatic organization after seeing it. Haven't done it yet, though.
 
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Not for everyone, but I've recently started consolidating expansions into base game boxes. This usually means trashing inserts along with the expansion boxes.
It was difficult at first; now, I accept the challenge and enjoy trying to come up with good solutions!
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A combination of vertical and horizontal storage in an attempt to use the space as efficiently as possible. My general approach is to store bookcase games vertically, flat box games horizontally, and the big boxes in whatever manner saves the most space!
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Also, drawers and cabinets under this, where most of my games live. Also, currently a tower of games on top of it waiting for the game night (for the 2015 10x10 challenge).


 
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Eduardo Sánchez
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Yeah most of them are arranged vertically, I think the only ones I have horizontally are the ones from Friedemann Friese since all of the boxes are the exact same size, some pocket-sized editions of various games and some that come in huge boxes

Chromatic arrangement would be awesome... In fact I try to place my games so that when you open the closet it is visually appealing or that no game is placed in front of another but there comes a time where you must sacrifice aesthetics for practicality.

I might have to take over some spaces outside the closet eventually but since I've just recently moved I don't have any furniture yet
 
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advice to all:
remember the inside!
one of the gamers in my group thought he was so cool storing all his games on their side on this particular desk shelf thing. About a third of the games (which was only about four but still) became jumbled messes in a box. Games are getting better at packaging for this but just remember to double check.


I store on a tall book shelf (deep too) and one organizational tip that worked well for me was the big games go on the very top. This stops people from the basic take-small-game-and-toss-it-on-top which in my case would cause me to need a chair to stand on to see and reach back for tiny games. Large boxes are easy to look up at and identify and ideally take up enough space to stop any game from being stacked on them.

with 120 games you may be past needing to know this but I know this needs to be said to plenty of people so I hope this info helped someone.

ps if stacking go with the more robust and dense boxes on bottom. Try to think less about size, it can deceive you.
 
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Right! I also have some expansions inside its base game whenever possible (mainly micro expansions or extra maps)

I've also been thinking on buying some of those little boxes
to store some game components and preventing them from going all over the place inside the box but I must have the time and patience to sit and go over all my games...
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Almost all games vertical, except for the small ones...

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ESMP wrote:
Right! I also have some expansions inside its base game whenever possible (mainly micro expansions or extra maps)

I've also been thinking on buying some of those little boxes
to store some game components and preventing them from going all over the place inside the box but I must have the time and patience to sit and go over all my games...


I know this gets into another 'religious' debate (like to sleeve or not to sleeve) but personally I've found baggies to be more useful than these boxes... in most cases. Sometimes it is nice to have the boxes, in particular the one that fits a deck of cards perfectly, but frequently I've found the components/bits you are storing in the box don't fit it properly so you have end up having empty space in there. Then trying to fit all the small storage boxes in the game box itself can be an issue/problematic too. That's why I've switched to using baggies pretty much for everything.




WRT the main question I'm pretty much out of space too and that's w/ expansions stored in the main boxes, some card only games stored in those long white generic card storage boxes and consolidating as much as possible. Right now I'm storing everything horizontally, I may try other configs but I'm not really sure it is going to buy me any space.
 
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How come your game rooms don't have random game junk all over the place like mine does?

Pete (really has to get in there and clean it up)
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Love me some shelf-porn! So I cosign the request for pictures.
 
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starfailure wrote:
Not for everyone, but I've recently started consolidating expansions into base game boxes. This usually means trashing inserts along with the expansion boxes.
It was difficult at first; now, I accept the challenge and enjoy trying to come up with good solutions!


I always do this now. There is no good reason to hold on to the expansion boxes. If you really like the box art, take an x-acto to it and keep just what you like.
 
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