Okay, maybe you didn't just move into a 3000+ square foot home like I and my husband did.
We still have to deal with storing all our gaming supplies, which is why I had no problem
giving the husband the finished attic – all 404 square feet of it with closets galore – for
his home computer and gaming gear. Here are some ideas that we've learned over the years:
More ideas will come in future articles!
- Use pony tail
holders rather than rubber bands to secure cards together. Rubber will eventually decay
and stick to the cards where pony tail holders won't. These can be found at discount
department stores (i.e. Target) or pharmacies (i.e. Walgreen's) in the hair, makeup, or
- Or use
plastic storage boxes designed for decks of cards. I purchased these for my Chez...
Cards, and I color
coded them to match the original product boxes. Your friendly local games store
probably either has these in stock or can order them for you.
- Have old board games and the boxes are wearing out? OBH Enterprises makes boxes designed for specific
- My husband uses
storage with small drawers, like those used for screws and nails, for his cardboard
minis. These are found in hardware stores or discount department stores.
- At Gen Con, I saw the Geekbox,
a great product for storing and transporting your minis. The design is nice because it can
hold a lot of minis, and the handles can be folded inward for storage, but I don't recommend
this product for heavier (i.e. metal) miniatures.
- A label-maker
is an excellent investment not only for organization, but also for identifying these things
as yours. Also found at most discount department stores.
- Can't find the right sized case with foam inside to store your metal minis? Try looking
at items used for storing and transporting guns. I'm serious! My husband found several
products that suited his nonviolent purposes and came in a variety of sizes. These can be
found at hobby stores or certain discount department stores.
- When my husband gave me my own kit for painting metal minis, the whole thing came in a
standard tool box. Fishing boxes also work for those with more art supplies to store.
Again, look in hardware stores, hobby stores, art supply stores, or discount department
- Finally (for this article), a great way to store large maps and mats used in gaming:
This product was originally designed to store tubes of wrapping paper, but it also works
for rolled-up maps and gaming mats. Not only that, but if you buy one with storage in the
lid (originally designed for storing tape, scissors, tags, and bows), the lid storage can be
used for markers, wipes (for cleaning the mats) and even small amounts of minis. If you
can't find these at a discount department store (especially close to or after the holidays),
look in craft or fabric stores.