If you collect games, you are probably acutely aware of the storage challenges that are inherent in this hobby. I’ve found some solutions that work well – at least for me. I thought I’d write a quick post to share these with you.
Let’s start with the games storage. Like many others will likely agree – Ikea Kallax series is ideal for games. The are sturdy and perfectly sized for most games – except the really big boxes.
Another great storage solution is this handy toolbox from Home Depot. The beauty of this particular toolbox is that it features removable bins. It works perfectly for those premium-grade realistic resource tokens from Stonemaier Games. When you are setting up to play, just take out the bins needed…perfect.
It’s a Husky 22″ Cantilever Professional Organizer. Costs about 30 bucks at Home Depot. The only downside is it is fairly heavy.
For chip storage – after trying may solutions – I’ve determined that chip carousels are the best choice. I managed to find a few 500 chip models on eBay. These are great, only drawback is that these particular ones don’t have a lid, so taking them out of the house would require caution.
Stay tuned – hoping to find a few more things to add to this list in the near future. Feel free to add your ideas in the comments.
I saw a post on Dice Tower News that highlighted a storage solution for Dominion cards. I originally used the box insert with the labels like many folks do, but quickly decided that was rather annoying. I found that storing the cards in 3″ x 4″ ziploc bags works much better. Instead of using the card randomizers and then selecting the cards from the slots in the plastic insert, I simply pick 10 of the ziplocs at random. I still keep each set\expansion in their own boxes as I like to play the sets mostly self-contained. It’s quick, cheap, and works well.
Hopefully I’m not the only gamer who has a mild case of OCD about keeping game components organized. I found myself ordering large quantities of ziploc baggies. I usually end up removing the plastic inserts from game boxes and than using a combination of ziploc bags and other storage to organize the bits.
The ziploc bags work ok, but I’ve found something even better. The issue with ziplocs is that you generally need to dump them out before play, and put everything back in the bag at the end of the game. When I ordered my custom set of Agricola clay components, they were packed in these great tiny plastic containers. They are called Lock Tight Compartments. They come in a couple of different sizes. The medium and small sizes are perfect for storing game components.
They also offer a large size container that can fit many of the smaller compartments. Check out the picture of my Agricola components fully organized in one of the larger boxes.
What’s really cool about these is that you only take out the ones you need, and you can leave the bits right in the boxes on the table without needing to dump them into messy piles.
If you are looking for them…try the following link to www.consumercrafts.com
Let me know what you think of them, or if you have found other great storage ideas.