Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Organizing Puzzles & A BONUS Tip at the end!

Our youngest daughter received a GIANT tub of assorted puzzles for her birthday...hours of fun and boy was she excited!  I knew right away that some organization was needed in order to keep these pieces together. Who likes to put together a puzzle only to find out that pieces are missing at the end? I know that I don't.

One rainy day, we worked together to put the new puzzles together and did the old labeling the back of the puzzle pieces trick.

We had a LOT of pieces to work with!


1) I numbered the pictures on the tub to help us coordinate the matching puzzles. I started at 10 since I knew that we already have some other puzzles labeled downstairs with smaller numbers. You can also use letters, symbols, etc. The possibilities are endless.


2) We put together the puzzles to make sure that all of the pieces were there.


3) I turned over the pieces and used a sharpie to mark the back of each piece.


4) I labeled a Ziploc bag with the coordinating number for the puzzle to be stored in. Once that was done we put the bags back in the tub and into the family room they went.


BONUS TIP: Do you ever find random puzzle or game pieces lying around your house? Me too! :-) To help with this problem, I grabbed a little plastic basket and now keep it on top of our shelving in our family room where all of the games are stored.


When I find random pieces I just toss them in here for a later date. When a lot of pieces have been found then I can easily spend a few minutes tossing them back in the right bags or with the right games. Until that happens, if someone is working on a puzzle or game and missing a piece, we always check this little basket first. 

This saves a lot of time and frustration on finding and needing those random pieces. This easy, time saving system, ensures (for the most part) that we are always able to complete that puzzle and really that is half of the battle!


Have you tried this labeling system before or do you have another system that you use to keep game and puzzle pieces together? I would love to hear about them!

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28 comments:

  1. Pure genious.... mommy wisdom right here, folks!

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    1. Melissa,

      I'm glad that my brain still works every once in a while. My mommy brain is thankful for that! ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  2. You're the queen of organization! How come I didn't think of doing this when my kids had such ginormous collection of puzzles!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm glad to be your 30th follower!

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    1. Aww, thanks Cristina. I loved your bright and cheerful art and the fact that you found inspiration from the Kleenex tissues...BRILLIANT! I always find myself being drawn to grab those just because of the packaging. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. I love it! It looks o easy!

    I keep a little basket on the shelf near our board games and that's how I store decks of cards and random pieces.

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    1. Thanks Amelia...it is SO easy! :-)

      It sounds like you have a great system set up.

      ~Sarah

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  4. Great way to organize the puzzles. I totally need to do something with ours. I love your basket for the little or missing pieces. Genius!
    I would love if you would share this at my link party. http://www.realcoake.com/2013/04/real-family-fun-9.html
    Take care,
    KC

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    1. Thanks KC, I'll check it out! :-)

      Sarah

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    2. Thanks so much for coming by and linking up! I hope to see you again next week.
      KC

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  5. We had a bunch of wooden puzzles all in a basket with their pieces all jumbled. Drove me crazy through the first two kids and then I finally sewed some zip pouches from sturdy fabric and glued them to the back of each puzzle. Sigh. So much better.

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  6. I love this puzzle idea. I would have never thought of it, and have pitched so many puzzles due to missing pieces. You are one of those people that are called born organizers. Thank you for the idea.

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure that some pieces will still magically go missing but this has definitely helped us to keep so many puzzles around.

      ~Sarah

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  7. Love this idea for the puzzles! Thanks for linking up with LWSL again! :)

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  8. I love the idea of a basket on top of the puzzle rack! I teach preschool, so this trick would certainly be handy. I think I'll have to implement that, since I already label my puzzles. That is a time (and sanity) saver!

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    1. Kristen,

      That is so great that you teach preschool! I always wanted to be a first grade teacher when I grew up. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  9. We only get dollar store puzzles and pitch them after using. My boys can't seem tokeeptrak of puzzle pieces. I've even tried labeling them and keeping them away from the other toys, and yet...... There always seems to be stray pieces everywhere. No matter how organized I try to be, they refuse to put anything where it belongs, I'm hoping its just a phase :(

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    1. Using dollar store puzzles sounds like a good idea...then you don't have to worry about pieces staying together and you can have a variety of puzzles for a great price.

      ~Sarah

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  10. Great idea to number the back of each piece!!

    (visiting from Living Well Spending Less Linky)

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  11. You should add a photo of the finished puzzle...

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  12. So I'm wondering what is the paint color you guys chose for the family room? Trying to find something similar for a potential project. Thanks -becca

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    1. Becca,

      It is actually something that we had matched to a color in our first house which was actually painted by the seller and the name wasn't left with us. I have no clue what the name is, sorry! :-(

      ~Sarah

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  13. Fantastic Idea!Marisa.xx
    www.cremaluisa.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. love the suggestions! where did you get your metal puzzle rack?

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  15. I think it came from Target.

    ~Sarah

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