Home Life Blog: Puzzle Orgnaization

August 6, 2013

Puzzle Orgnaization




My little girl loves to do puzzles.  She's going to be 3 and she has a nice puzzle collection that we've bought from Dollar Tree.  (I suggest you check out your local Dollar Tree if your kid loves doing puzzles too.  They have tons of different characters for just $1!)  Her puzzle collection has become so large that I eventually had to figure out a way to keep all of them together without losing any pieces.  Those boxes eventually wear out which cause the puzzles to fall out and get lost. My must haves for this solution were...
  • To know what each puzzle was
  • Prevent pieces from getting lost
  • Easy find and grab system
  • Durable
  • Keep it low cost 
Using a zip lock bag system to hold all her puzzles sounded like a good idea at first, but after weighing the pros and cons I decided it wasn't the best system for me.  It was definitely low cost but my toddler would more than likely tear that bag up and I was worried about the bag not providing an easy find and grab system.  I can picture myself (or my toddler) having a hard time finding the puzzle she wants to do with so many bags thrown together in one box.  Too much time spent looking and not enough doing the activity.

I know, I know.  I probably put too much thought into this bag system, but I want to make my life as easily organized as possible.  It's good to think what might happen down the road in a storage decision.  This is what I ended up doing.  

I picked up some nice 4pk of containers that I liked for just $1 at, of course, Dollar Tree!  I thought this was a great deal and the perfect solution.



My first task was to take all her puzzles out of the boxes and put them into their own containers.  I then cut out the small picture of the puzzle and tapped it to the lid and then labeled the container's bottom of which puzzle it was.  Then I put them all into a fabric bin to house them together.  Easy to locate and easy to see within!



I've been using this system for 6 months now and I love it.  It met all my requirements so far.  It not only makes picking out the puzzles easy, but also makes clean up easy too because my little one knows which box each puzzle goes into.



As for her other toys....that's still a work in progress. :)

How do you organize your kid's puzzles?
Do you have any other toy organization tips?


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1 comment:

  1. This is a great idea! Right now I still keep puzzles in the original box but as soon as they start breaking down I will be switching to something similar.

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