Do You Have a Penchant for Board Games?

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If you, like millions of others, love to play board games, then you may have amassed quite a collection over the years. With so many options to choose from, there are now physical stores that are completely dedicated to helping people discover and purchase new board games. You may not have one of these stores near your home, but there’s likely a comic book or hobby shop close by where you can find new games to play with your friends and family. However, if you have games that you don’t play as often and you want to make way for new ones, storing them in a self-storage unit, along with other household belongings, can make the most sense. At EZ Storage® in St. Louis, we can help you find the ideal space for your board games and anything else you need to store!

Game Boards and Pieces

dreamstime_xxl_35063824There are a lot of games out there that have intricate boards and pieces. When you first open the box, everything is in a special compartment or in a sealed bag. You take the board out and rip open the bag to access the pieces, and when you’re done, you try to put everything back in the box. With the right design, it can be easy to store everything in the original box, but there can still be the problem of keeping track of all the small pieces. Tokens and figures are often easily lost, and you may not have played a game for some time, simply because you couldn’t find all the pieces.

If you’re going to store some of your board games in your storage unit, take the time to put all of the small pieces into a zipper plastic bag that closes tightly. Using masking tape, put a piece on each bag and write down which game the pieces belong to; that way, when you take things out of storage, you’ll know exactly where the pieces are for any particular game.

Boxes and Instructions

It’s often best to keep everything in the original game box, but if they’ve been sitting in your basement or closet for some time, the boxes might not be in the best condition. If the box to your favorite board game has become tattered and torn, or you’ve attempted to tape it back together several times, it might be best to throw it away. You can keep the game board, of course, and the instructions can go into one of the plastic bags with your game pieces. Since game boards are often long and rectangular, you should be able to find a suitable cardboard box in which to store them. If it folds enough times, the board can be put in a storage box with its corresponding game pieces and instructions.

Taking Inventory

pexels-photo-776654Any time you put things into self-storage, it’s a good idea to take inventory of what’s in each box. Creating a list of board games that are in your unit will help you keep track of where each one is, and if you have rare or mint-condition games that you plan to sell online at some point, you can easily retrieve them once you have a buyer. It’s important to make sure that nothing heavy is stored on top of your game boxes, since even the slightest pressure or weight can bend or warp the boards or break the small plastic pieces.

If you have games and other items that you want to put into a storage space, visit one of our four St. Louis locations today. At EZ Storage®, we’re dedicated to helping people find the unit they need at a price they can afford. We’ll make sure that your belongings are safe and sound at all times.

Contact us now to learn more!