My daughter, has so many puzzles. She loves them, and we love doing them together, but kids puzzles can be so messy. I used to have them organized into individual baggies, which was great until she learned how to open the baggies! One day I walked into her room and found that she had emptied all of the puzzles out onto the floor and was using them as a “pool” for her Barbies. The huge pile of scrambled up puzzle pieces made me want to cry, but I didn’t say anything, I just let her keep on playing and stretching her imagination.
When she was done playing with the puzzles I scooped them all up into one large ziplock bag until I could figure out what to do with them. I obviously needed a better system because I didn’t want to sort them all back into their baggies and then have her dump them all out again, that would make me crazy!
I found some cute little plastic containers at Target and decided they would be the perfect solution for organizing the puzzles. But first came the sorting… I plopped myself down on our living room floor and sorted them all out, I think it took me about 30 minutes.
After I had sorted all the puzzles into piles I started putting them together, one at a time. Because we don’t have the boxes that the puzzles came in I wanted to make sure we had a reference of what the completed puzzle should look like. So one by one I put each of the puzzles together, took pictures of them, and then put them in one of the plastic boxes.
I had Malea help me put them in the boxes so that she could “take ownership” of the process and know how to put them back in each of their boxes.
Here are all the puzzles stacked up. I love these plastic boxes, they are perfect for organizing our puzzles!
After I had taken pictures of all of the puzzles I uploaded them to my computer and sent them off to Costco to be developed.
When I got the pictures back I cut each of them down to fit the top of the plastic box and then used Zots to attach them.
Here’s what each of the boxes looks like.
Now each of the puzzles is clearly labeled with a picture, they are stacked neatly in the closet, and my daughter knows that she can get one out at a time to play with. I love the way they all fit so nicely on the bottom shelf of this storage rack.
How do you organize your kids puzzles? I’d love to hear your tips and ideas.