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A video of her tips is here: http://studio5.ksl.com/?nid=59&sid=5096662

1. Put games in the place where you use them. If you play games in the living room, store them in an ottoman. If you play at the kitchen table, put them in a kitchen cupboard. Don't hide games away in a closet.

2. Never store loose pieces loose. Keep all pieces together in a Ziploc bag. Next time your child grabs for a game, the loose pieces won't come toppling out of the game box.

3. Keep your stacks small. Stack games two or three high, but never higher than that or they become difficult to access.

4. Throw them away. If a game has outlived its usefulness - maybe you're missing pieces, the box is in shreds, or the board is broken - let them go. Send them off to the garbage and be really grateful that you've now made room for some new gaming fun to come into your life.

5. Cover game boards with contact paper. This will help protect the game board and prevent it from tearing at the seam.

6. Recycle old games. If you are holding on to games that your family doesn't play anymore, clean out your game closet and donate the games. Have a game swap with neighbors who have children of different ages than yours. Donate your games to a shelter or your child's elementary school.

7. Invest in Game Savers boxes. These sturdy plastic boxes are available from www.thecontainerstore.com.

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dominojones wrote:
If you play games in the living room, store them in an ottoman.


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those game savers boxes are awful, i saw them earlier this year. the plastic is acceptable, but the layout is specifically for hasbro-style games, and some of the compartments are WAY too shallow, they don't reach up high enough to prevent the components from flopping around the box if you put it on its side (in particular, the money slots are a good example of bad implementation)
 
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dominojones wrote:
4. Throw them away.


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I just threw away Fugger, Welser, Medici and I gave my Carabande (with the action set) to some kids down the street.
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...Send them off to the garbage and be really grateful that you've now made room for some new gaming fun to come into your life.


If this demented woman places so much as one carefully-manicured OCD finger on my game collection I might forget what Dad taught me about always being a gentleman...
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Phrim wrote:
dominojones wrote:
If you play games in the living room, store them in an ottoman.


Does your game collection fit inside of an ottoman?

My card games don't all fit inside an ottoman.

My full game collection barely fits inside the ottoman empire.
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BeyondMonopoly wrote:
Phrim wrote:
dominojones wrote:
If you play games in the living room, store them in an ottoman.


Does your game collection fit inside of an ottoman?

My card games don't all fit inside an ottoman.

My full game collection barely fits inside the ottoman empire.
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My collection of ONE card game won't fit in an ottoman.
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cosine wrote:
My collection of ONE card game won't fit in an ottoman.


Do you just get really small ottomans or is your card game 100,000,000,000 Blank White Cards?
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Option #8, which seems to have been left off the list:

Ship lesser-played games to BGG user "historyguy71"

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dominojones wrote:

3. Keep your stacks small. Stack games two or three high, but never higher than that or they become difficult to access.


Stacks? But aren't games meant to be stored on edge?

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4. Throw them away. If a game has outlived its usefulness - maybe you're missing pieces, the box is in shreds, or the board is broken - let them go. Send them off to the garbage and be really grateful that you've now made room for some new gaming fun to come into your life.


Throw them away?

Is this Michael Barnes, are you trying to troll or did it just happen by accident.

If a game has "outlived its usefulness" for you ... trade it sell it or donate it to a charity thrift store. All games deserve a new home and a second, third or fourth life.

Throw a game away? Wow - that's just evil.

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6. Recycle old games. If you are holding on to games that your family doesn't play anymore, clean out your game closet and donate the games. Have a game swap with neighbors who have children of different ages than yours. Donate your games to a shelter or your child's elementary school.


Exactly - none of this "throwing away" crazy talk.

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7. Invest in Game Savers boxes. These sturdy plastic boxes are available from www.thecontainerstore.com.


Why, so you can *stack* them?

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What do you think?


I think your friend while well meaning, is *not* a gamer
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cferejohn wrote:
cosine wrote:
My collection of ONE card game won't fit in an ottoman.


Do you just get really small ottomans or is your card game 100,000,000,000 Blank White Cards?


I'd think he'd need a MAGIC Ottoman.
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davidme wrote:
cferejohn wrote:
cosine wrote:
My collection of ONE card game won't fit in an ottoman.


Do you just get really small ottomans or is your card game 100,000,000,000 Blank White Cards?


I'd think he'd need a MAGIC Ottoman.


I've seen a MTG collection that hardly fits in the garage!

At it's apex, in card boxes, my small collection took up nearly a whole bookshelf.
 
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Unfortunately, this person's job is to be passionate about organizing things, not playing board games...I have also seen a similar article about organizing games where the author suggested that you throw away the box all together, bag each game's bits in a ziplock and stack the bare boards in a stack on the shelf.

That is great in theory, if you are trying to get your kid to put his or her copy of Candyland away, but do you see any of us doing throwing the box away for one of our "grail games"?
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Just to be fair ... I am working with a professional organiser who is sane understands completely that "hands off the games" means "hands off the games".

This person is clearly speaking to the non-collector, non-enthusiast. Do we really want her telling people not to get rid of their copies of some of "those" games?

Also looked at the Game Savers boxes ... they really are single-purpose, aren't they! Which seems to be the exact opposite of what most of the organisers I have heard of preach.


EDITed to add: $370 Game shelves, anyone? laugh


 
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dominojones wrote:

What do you think?

I think I disagree with every single one of those tips. All of them...
 
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davidme wrote:
cferejohn wrote:
cosine wrote:
My collection of ONE card game won't fit in an ottoman.


Do you just get really small ottomans or is your card game 100,000,000,000 Blank White Cards?


I'd think he'd need a MAGIC Ottoman.


I have a magic ottoman of holding that I traded my +3 vorpal broadsword for. It's a bitch to lug around in dungeons, but I think it was a fair trade.
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Even more off topic, but I have a +3 magic whip that has 1/day effects of healing when used. It does a d3 of damage, but then cures depending on the effect activated. It can even do a Ressurection when used on a corpse. It's called a Miracle Whip.

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melissa wrote:
This person is clearly speaking to the non-collector, non-enthusiast. Do we really want her telling people not to get rid of their copies of ...


Can you imagine a professional organizer telling anyone:

"You'd have more shelf space if you throw out some of those Lladro figurines . . ."

"You'd have more drawer space if you discarded Grandma's silver . . ."

"You'd have more closet space if you gave those furs to Goodwill . . ."
 
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cosine wrote:
My collection of ONE card game won't fit in an ottoman.


I don't even own an ottoman.
 
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sigtaulefty wrote:
cosine wrote:
My collection of ONE card game won't fit in an ottoman.


I don't even own an ottoman.


I think this guy is available...

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r0xjo0 wrote:
davidme wrote:
cferejohn wrote:
cosine wrote:
My collection of ONE card game won't fit in an ottoman.


Do you just get really small ottomans or is your card game 100,000,000,000 Blank White Cards?


I'd think he'd need a MAGIC Ottoman.


I have a magic ottoman of holding that I traded my +3 vorpal broadsword for. It's a bitch to lug around in dungeons, but I think it was a fair trade.


I think that youre referring to the Ottoman of Holding. Be careful -- there's been a general recall on that magic item. Some games are being lost to the astral plane.
 
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I like this one though


 
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I don't know.... I think organizers could learn some things from us concerning large game collections. I am thinking about the various threads here of people showing off their game rooms and shelving arrangements. I know I have bookmarked several for ideas for when my wife I and redo our basement. Also, the many references to game storage in plano boxes, beading containers, and custom printed tuck boxes...
 
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