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How To Declutter Games: Board Games, Cards & Puzzles

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Today's mission is to declutter games of all varieties, including board games, card games, as well as puzzles.

Organize Toys & Games Challenge
This mission is designed to be done while working on the Organize Toys & Games Challenge, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge here on the site, although it can be done at any time you need or want to.

While I have this mission listed in the section where we focus on a lot of kids clutter I know a lot of adults (including myself) who are also very fond of games, cards and puzzles. This mission therefore applies to both kids and adults!

Steps To Declutter Games

To do this mission first gather all of your or the kids games together into one spot, and then begin to sort out the ones you want to keep versus the ones to get rid of.

As usual, I'm not suggesting you get rid of them all, because after all, they're fun! Instead, I want you to get rid of the ones that are clutter so only the ones you'll enjoy are left.

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Examples of games that could be clutter include:
  • Games you never play (a good time frame is not played within the last 6 months to a year);

  • Ones where essential pieces are missing;

  • Boxes that are falling apart (although perhaps you'll just declutter the box and use a different container to hold the game);

  • Excess games that take up more space than you've got designated for them
Keep the best of the best, which in this case means the games you actually enjoy
playing the most, and which doesn't necessarily mean the most expensive ones.

What To Do With Decluttered Games

A question I often get is what to do with the games you've decided to get rid of.

The answer depends on what condition the games are in.

If the games are in good condition, but you just don't have room for them or don't play with them anymore, make sure you send them off to a good place where others can enjoy them.

I'm sure there are exceptions, but generally board games are not going to get you a lot of money if you try to sell them, so I suggest donation.

Ideas of places to donate games include day cares, schools for use at recess on rainy days, churches and even retirement homes (for adult games). I'd love to hear even more ideas of donation locations below, in the comments.

As always, make sure the place you're donating actually wants and can use the games!

Be careful, however, with donating puzzles missing pieces, or games that are missing essential parts.

It's very disappointing to try to put together a puzzle, for example, and find toward the end that you're missing a piece, or be involved in a game to discover you can't finish because of a missing piece.

Therefore, you may need to trash or recycle those types of games, or at least be very clear about the missing pieces when donating, so whoever takes it knows exactly what they're getting!

Several readers have already done this mission, so scroll down below to see some pics they've sent in of what they've accomplished.

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Photos From Readers Who've Done This Mission

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Here are some photos from other readers who've already done this decluttering mission, to show you what you can accomplish and get you inspired to tackle this task yourself.

The first photo above is from a reader, Carla. She said, "We have a "Donation Table". We started early (3 days ago!) and are REALLY decluttering this month!!"

The second photo above is from another reader, Christine. She sent in this collage of all the different board games she decluttered, saying, "Re-homed games which were sat in the cupboard unloved!"

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Finally, here's a photo from a reader, Christi. She said about this photo, "Today's victims."

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Are You Ready To Declutter Cards & Games?

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Once you've got your board games, card games and puzzles dealt with, make sure to do this mission to declutter video games as well!

How to declutter video games

Plus, check out lots of missions to get rid of kids clutter here.

Tips for getting rid of kids clutter

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Comments for Are You Ready To Declutter Cards & Games?

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kids board games - donate versus sell?
by: Anonymous

I have been going through my kids games and I just donated some, but I'm having second thoughts on if I should have donated some of them. I've been looking up prices on Amazon and one or two of the games are quite pricey. I wish I would have thought of it before I donated. Has anyone else struggled with getting rid of things like this?

Replacing missing pieces
by: Anne

I was very sad to find out that an essential piece was missing from a children's game. I found it on ebay! So rather that having to fake the piece or try to make a replacement, I was overjoyed to find someone who provided an original solution.

Places to donate
by: Anonymous

Shelters and rehabilitation centers.

PLEASE donate
by: Anonymous

I run an after school program, we can always use your unwanted board games if all the pieces are in them. Schools do not have a lot of money.

Idea for incomplete puzzles
by: Donna

Some crafters use puzzle pieces to decorate picture frames or other crafts, and would welcome incomplete puzzles. Try school art teachers or after school activity centers.

Senior centers
by: Anonymous

Our local senior center takes games for either game time at the center, or people can take them home. Some that would be appropriate would be board games like Trivia--there are many versions, LIFE, Monopoly, etc. Card games like UNO.

need ideas for game containers
by: Angela

We love games at our house, and play them often, and the boxes are really showing their age. Do you have any suggestions about re-packaging board games? I don't really like using ziplock bags as they don't stack well and we have lots of games. Thanks!

Game storage
by: Anonymous

I recently saw an idea for board games where you get a frame the size of the board game, put the actual board in the frame and store the pieces in a bag or bags behind the frame and hang them on the wall.

Re-storing games
by: Anonymous

My mother used to ditch the big box and put all the pieces and instructions etc into a small Tupperware container and piled the boards together. Saved soooo much space.

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