Store Your Kid’s Games Vertically Instead Of Stacking Them

Store Your Kid’s Games Vertically Instead Of Stacking Them
Photo: Meghan Walbert

My daughter has some stacking shelves in her bedroom closet where she keeps her board games. I put up with them because they’re better than my previous organisation method of nothing, but I’m quickly realising they are less than ideal.

If she tries to grab, say, Hoot Owl Hoot, and it’s at the bottom of one of the shelves, the games on top of it come crashing down. That board game tower gives me mild anxiety, now that I think about it.

Here’s a better tactic, one that I’d like to switch to immediately: Place your kid’s games, puzzles and other boxed toys vertically in drawers instead of stacking them. Lifehacker writer Meghan Walbert does this (her drawer is shown above), and she says it works well. The Everything In Place Facebook page also has a nice visual.

Now this makes gravitational sense, and I like that it’s low enough for small kids to reach into. No more worrying about boxes toppling over. The last thing I need right now is a Candy Land injury.


  • One thing to be careful of when storing vertically :
    Some games feature playing cards that slip out of the holding trays when stored vertically. This is particularly prevalent when the game tray designer leaves room for expansion packs of cards. When the cards slip out of their tray they can end up in an awkward position and bend over time.

    Bent cards aren’t the worst thing in life, but it can make shuffling trickier and allow a cluey player to guess what card you’re playing a little easier.

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