It’s every parent, teacher, and librarian’s worst nightmare… more game pieces to find and replace. While replacing dice and meeple is something that has to be done from time to time, having better board game piece storage can help minimize replacement in the long run.
In fact, check out all of our board game storage ideas. We’re doing a complete series on everything you need to know to keep your games organized with awesome board game storage.
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Dice storage ideas
We have a ton of dice. In fact we have several sets that don’t go to anything just because we like to make our own board games and also have extras.
Dice games like Farkle, Qwixx, Yahtzee, and Rory’s Story Cubes can all use better storage than their typical boxes that take up a ton of unnecessary room on your game shelves.
Photo storage boxes
We personally use photo boxes the most! We can store a lot of games in a small amount of space. Usually if it’s something like Qwixx or yahtzee that also have score pads, we laminate several cards and put them inside with small dry erase markers. The bigger sheets can be folded before being laminated and then lightly scored along the edge of the fold with an xacto knife to be able to be folded while laminated.
We currently own four sets of these — two in clear, two in rainbow:
Mini Snack Bags
Small, reusable snack bags make great storage for dice games because they can also function like files inside of a bin. This is perfect for librarians checking out games or families traveling!
These are our favorite reusable bags:
Grab the travel versions
We own the travel Boggle, Vintage Travel Yahtzee, and other travel versions because they have cubes or dice that are enclosed in a container and cannot be taken out! This is HUGE as it means less to worry about.
Meeple and piece storage
While meeple storage is not usually big deal because game pieces normally stay with their game, sometimes you wind up with extras or games that seem like they don’t need to be in such a large box.
Jewelry and Bead organizers
Especially for extra dice, stray parts, and even pieces from destroyed games, the large bead organizers are GREAT. We own several of these to organize different colors of dice or dice sets.
Many times you can adjust the smaller interior boxes to fit different size pieces meaning it’s perfect to store multiple types of dice games or house extra parts.
We recommend these as they’re also stackable:
Smaller bead organizers work well when dice game boxes get torn up. We’ve even used this for games like Pengoloo. We just made paper versions for the numbers icebergs and everything fit nicely inside!
Capped test tubes
For all those small cardboard pieces and placement tiles in so many games we know and love, grabbing a bunch of plastic test tubes is the perfect way to store them. They easily slide inside and you can draw a line with a sharpie where they come to for non-readers and write the number that should be in them for those that already know their numbers.
This is also great for dice! they stack nicely inside and each tube can be labeled on the top and then put in a larger box or storage container.Here are two options we recommend!