Do your kids fight with each other? My kids do, and I hate it. Two years ago my husband and I wanted to create a ‘Family Game Night’. Once a week, we spend 30-60 minutes together as a family doing something fun…in hopes that my kids would start getting along better! It makes my mama heart SO happy to see them playing and laughing together. But lots of games take up lots of space. I was in search of a way to organize them that would help condense space but didn’t’ find much. Here I show you a genius card game organization hack that saves tons of space.
If you are looking for a way to organize board games, check out my post where I show you how I organize my board games to save space.
Benefits of Family Game Night
Games are a great way to teach good sportsmanship to kids. There is a huge difference in my kids’ ability to be happy for others who win from when we started, to now. This is a great life skill! It also helps their cognitive reasoning skills and teaches them strategy skills.
Card Game Storage Fail
Because of our game night, we have an obscene number of games. One thing that I have discovered about us though, is that we love card games the most! They are much easier to just ‘pick up and play’ versus a board game with a million pieces. Because my kids love to play card games the most, I started seeing some wear and tear on the card boxes. Despite my efforts of taping the box with packing tape when it was new, the boxes were still tearing.
Finding a Solution
I wanted to find a solution to display the cards in a cute way (because I love the illustrations on the box) but still keep them in good condition. And as always, I love uniformity so whatever the solution was, I had to buy a bunch of them. I found these amazing Mesh Zipper Pouches that are great quality and will last our family for years. The amount of space that these babies save me is well worth the cost, and they are actually even cheaper than if you were to buy them at the dollar store!
Card Game Organization
To organize the card games, I pulled all of the cards out of their original boxes and kept the instructions. I wrapped the decks of cards with a rubber band so they would stay together. Then I proceeded to cut the front of the card box off of the remainder of the box. I did this because I still wanted the cover of the game to be seen through the mesh zipper pouch. For the thinner boxes, I just used scissors but for the thicker boxes, I used an Xacto knife and a ruler. Because the boxes are a thicker material, it will help the cards remain nice through the years while they are all in the pouch together.
After I got all of my pouches filled with my card games, I put them in these awesome white Locker bins from Dollar Tree! Another thing that I just love about these mesh pouches is the ribbon loops that are on the ends. This would be a great way to keep all of your card games together if you are going on a vacation! I just bought these metal rings and looped them through the ribbon loops.
I was actually able to get rid of an entire organizing bin full of games. Not because I got rid of games, but because I got rid of the bulky boxes! And it looks super nice and uniform!
These pouches are also great for keeping loose items together such as dice, timers or game pieces.
I hope you have been inspired to organize your card games! Thanks for stopping by and look around to see what other ideas I have that can make your home a better place!