Sunday, January 5, 2014

Organizing Jigsaw Puzzles

Part of my New Year's Resolutions was to organize my house better. As a parent to both a three and a one year old, the constant battle we are having are toys. However, the worst of all the "toys" are the millions of jigsaw puzzle pieces that we own.

This kid of mine LOVES puzzles:

With puzzles comes all of these annoying boxes that become very hard to store, lose shape which causes pieces to fall out of the side, and then we have lost pieces. 

One day as I was on facebook, I saw an ad on the side for a photo box organizer. (Like the one time I actually look at that sidebar!) It was something similar to this:

I had an idea that this might be just what I need to organize these puzzles. This box opens up and contains little boxes (originally designed to hold 4"x6" photos) but all I could think of is PUZZLE PIECES!

Let the puzzle organization begin! I first decided to make sure all of our puzzles had all their pieces. We put them together and I marked the back of each puzzle with a different symbol. If they ever get mixed up, it will make it easier to tell them apart. 

Next, I took all of the puzzle boxes and scanned the image. (You could just cut the box instead, but I wanted it to be more uniform.)

I printed the images out and trimmed them up.

Then I affixed them to the inside of each box and filled them with the jigsaw puzzle pieces.

The results are wonderful. All the puzzles fit great and it's a nicely organized way to keep the puzzles together.

Looks a bit more organized to me, how about you?

One problem area of my life solved! If you have a great toy organization tip for kids toys I would love to hear it, just comment below!



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4 comments:

Re Becca said...

WHAT A GREAT IDEA FOR HOME...CHURCH...OR DAYCARE!!!

Florida hugs,
Becca

Kathleen said...

Great idea! I noticed some of your puzzle boxes contain 100 pieces...just wanted to ask if all the pieces fit into the photo boxes with no problem. I've got to find a solution for all our games, puzzles, etc. :)

Between3Sisters.com said...

Not all the 100 piece puzzles fit, it depends on how small the pieces are. I have just opted to have two boxes for one puzzle if needed. Thanks for checking out our blog!

Lori B said...

Marking the back of the puzzles is genius! I already store ours this way but never thought to mark the back! Sadly I just have to re-do all the puzzles!

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