Over the years, I have tried numerous ideas trying to find the best way to store all the games I use in the studio. I have tried using file folders, plastic folders, drawers, etc. You name it! Recently I found myself in a position needing to store 24 new games (more info on this later!) at one time. I had purchased several plastic bags with the sliding closure on top, but found that the slider kept breaking making the bag unusable. So, I needed a new system!
2 Things were important to me. 1. Ease of Use so that I could grab a game quickly without looking for all the components and 2. Quality Storage so that I didn't have to worry about constantly ripped or broken parts.
ENTER...Vinyl and mesh storage bags sold by the Container Store. I LOVE these things!! In fact several parents have commented on how nice they are! They come in 3 sizes and currently two colors - black and aqua. I mainly use the middle size (10.75" x 14"). They are PERFECT to hold all of the game parts when I have game boards that are 8.5" x 11".
In each bag, I place the game board, directions sheet, cards, spinners, game pieces, dice, etc.
Everything I need for a game is included so that when I want to play the game, I simply grab a bag!
I was finding previously that I had to search through several bins, folders, etc. to get all of the components - a big waste of time, especially if you decided during a lesson that a student needed a quick drill of something. We need all the previous minutes possible when doing lessons, right?
I have some games that don't fit in the medium size so I have a few in the larger size bag and then smaller games that fit nicely in the smallest bag.
I couldn't be happier with this system.