We’ve talked before about how yuuuuuge board games can be. They have a habit of slowly taking over your home until you can hardly see the TV anymore. They don’t even pay rent! We know your pain, because our own collections seem to grow every year to worrying levels. Here’s a few tips we’ve got that might help you keep them under control.

Get the right storage

Board game boxes are a pain. They’re all different shapes and sizes and they refuse to neatly tessellate. With the right storage though, you’ll be able to tuck many a game away – hidden but always within easy reach. The gamer’s classic is Kallax from IKEA. I’d also recommend this lovely chest (picture above) that can double up as a small table next to your sofa. Remember when picking storage you need to keep the future in mind too: it’s no good getting everything sorted only to run out of room when you order your next game.

Culling your collection

This is the most obvious tip. You don’t need all those games! There are bound to be some games in your collection that you rarely play or aren’t that into. If so, get rid. You could take them to a charity shop or sell them on sites like eBay or the BGG marketplace.

Reducing the boxes

Snake oil box

Some boxes are way, way, way bigger than they need to be. Plenty of card games will fit nicely into a much smaller box, meaning you can store the bigger box in the attic or, if you’re feeling brave, throw it away. Deck boxes, for example, are great for card games and make games more portable. You know if you really love the game and don’t plan to sell it, do you really need the original box?

Games inside of games

Another way of reducing space can be instead of throwing out the bigger boxes, to use that excess space to store other games. That way you collection remains intact but your shelves will thank you. We discovered that you can fit multiple variations of Codenames or One Night games in a single box. Gameception!

Lending them to friends

Hanabi Game

What if you could take up other people’s shelf spaces? This is ideal for games you love but maybe don’t play that often – just lend them to a friend. They’ll get more enjoyment out of them than you, but they are always there when you really need them. It’s like selling them but without the permanent commitment.

Start a games night at work

Office food for games

We’ve talked before about how to run a great games night at your work. It’s a quality way to get to know your colleagues and get that all important “team bonding” without having to do some sort of assault course in the woods.

How does that help you save space? Well then you can leave games at work instead of in your house! You’ll be playing them regularly but now your box set of Mad Men you’ve never watched is revealed and you can spend the next two months watching that instead.

Damn. Maybe you should have kept all those games after all.