Beyond the likes of Chess and Monopoly, the more involved board games not only come with lots of small tokens, decks of cards and other miscellany, but the popular ones inevitably get expansions and add-ons, leaving you with a complicated mess of bits and pieces to sort and store, not to mention unpack when it comes to playing again. Save yourself some time and hassle by properly organising things with zip-lock bags, rubber bands and even small boxes.
The board game in the photo above is Arkham Horror, based on HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. It is up there as one of the most complicated board games and as such, comes with its fair share of components. The box it comes in, unfortunately, is not up to the task of compartmentalising everything so if you're unprepared at pack-up time, the contents of the game box can get very messy, very quickly.
The solution is to pick up a bunch of cheap zip-lock bags from the likes of eBay and a bag of rubber bands, which you can grab from a newsagents or Officeworks. Depending on how delicate the pieces are, you could even opt for card boxes.
With these items on-hand, packing up a new board game, or sorting an older one, is less of a problem. You'll still need to take the effort to organise it all when you're finished with a game, but you'll thank your past-self when your friends don't have to hang around while you sort your stamina and sanity tokens from your clues.