My dining room table is in disarray. We’re moving through a random collection of puzzle pieces, trying to organize the chaos. I feel like we have tons of puzzles, but not necessarily all the pieces to any particular puzzle. Can you relate?
In the coming weeks we will be doing a series on our playroom makeover. It is my hope, that a newly organized and superhero-themed playroom will not only inspire my kids to have more fun together but to also keep things organized. But first, we need to get the puzzles organized. I’m not sure where I initially saw this tip, but with more puzzles, than ever in my house it’s a good time to put it in place.
4 Steps to Organizing Your Kids Puzzles
1. Find all the puzzle pieces. Search everywhere. In my house, I found pieces
- in random toy boxes
- other puzzle boxes
- in with their clothes
- under their beds
- in with school papers
2. Assemble all the puzzles. I cleared room on my dining room table so that each puzzle could be completed. They are in various stages of being done. As I find a new piece I can attach it to the correct puzzle.
3. Once the puzzle is done, code it. Flip the puzzle over and mark every piece with the same symbol. The beauty of this is when the pieces become scattered again, which I know they will, the kids will be able to tell which puzzle the piece goes with.
Symbols & Shapes to Code Your Puzzle Pieces With
- Letters from the alphabet
- Straight line
- If you use different colors and mix up creating empty shapes and filled in shapes you could come up with several different patterns to distinguish your puzzles from each other.
4. Box it up. Our puzzle boxes have been destroyed so I bought a few of those photo boxes from the craft store to use. You can usually find them on sale at A.C. Moore or Michael’s for either 5 for $10 or 6 for $10, not a bad price to bring a bit of organization to our puzzles. I like that since they are all the same shape our puzzle boxes will stack better and look neater. I attached a picture of the puzzle to the box and drew the symbol for the puzzle pieces on the box. And voila instant puzzle organization.