Friday, April 13, 2012

Organizing Puzzles

This tip is something I learned from my mom.
Growing up we had a game closet and my mom had that baby ORGANIZED like a champ!
Now, whether us kids kept it that organized is a whole other issue...remember there were NINE of us!!  I highly doubt we kept it in tip top shape.
But nonetheless, my mom had some great plans that she implemented that I have now found myself using.
And the first one I will showcase today is PUZZLES.
A few of my kids really really like puzzles.
So I have picked up quite a few over the years, usually just in the dollar section at Target.
Needless to say, the flimsy and cheap cardboard boxes do NOT hold up well over time and get bent and ripped, therefore allowing little puzzle pieces to fall out and get lost.
Mom's Plan:
Cut the picture of the actual puzzle off of the cardboard box.  Throw out all those bulky boxes!

Put all the pieces into a ziploc bag and insert the picture.
(These small dollar puzzles only needed a quart sized bag)

Make sure you count out the pieces and make a note if there are any missing.

Close it shut and put them all in a basket or bin and you are good to go!

Now your little ones can enjoy their puzzles and you can feel a bit more organized about it!!



Tricia said...

I do the same thing! Genius! :)

~ Tami said...

Love it! Please take a moment to visit and link up at our Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! I would love for you to share this great idea with us!
~Tami @ Curb Alert!

Christa @ Controlling Craziness said...

Love this idea. Pinned it too, so I'll remember to do it. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to hearing more of your mom's organizing tips

gubler5 said...

I actually skipped to the end to see who this amazing Mom was!!! Can't say the same now, but one day it was that way!

Kim said...

Here is a puzzle tip that CHANGED MY LIFE: Number the back of all the pieces for each puzzle, so when they get mixed together you find all the pieces with a "1" and all the ones with a "2" and know they go together.. that way you don't have to decipher the picture on them AND you don't have to flip over ever piece when they are all right side down! I love the idea of getting rid of all the boxes. What a space saver!

Marcy said...

I am so going to do this!! My boys' puzzles look horrible right now and I see some organization in the future!! LOVE THAT!!

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