I am often asked about how we store all of our toys and materials. When we moved from the UK to Australia I knew I had to find a way to store our puzzles so that they stayed together and we didn't lose any of the tiny pieces (especially in transit).
I wish we had one system for storing puzzles but I strongly believe in using what you have. My priority is keeping the puzzles safe, protected and clean, keeping all of the pieces together and making sure they are still easy to identify and find.
Before I put away the puzzles I take a moment to make sure they are clean, I wipe the wooden puzzles with a damp cloth and follow with a completely dry cloth.
We use a lot of A4 clear document wallets. I like the ones with a snap button. I don't use the document wallets with the zip closure as I find they break easily.
The A4 size is suitable for a lot of our puzzles. These document wallets are strong and protect the puzzles well.
We also use A3 transparent document wallets. These close easily all of the piece stay in the wallet and it's still easy to identify the puzzles.
The A3 size is suitable for some of our larger puzzles and I put some of our puzzles in together.
I have a handful of random plastic zip lock bags that suit different puzzles, they are particularly good for these flat cardboard puzzles.
We try to keep our puzzles in their original boxes if they came in one. But sometimes the boxes or damaged or I'm trying to fit the puzzles into a smaller storage space. These document boxes have a clip closure and are fantastic for protecting and storing jigsaw puzzles.
I could put a label on these but as they are transparent it's easy to find what I'm looking for.
The puzzles fit nicely into these baskets which we use for a variety of things, the baskets fit perfectly at the top of the children's wardrobes. All of these options are fantastic for keeping puzzles clean and together while travelling too.
But while travelling my favourite way of storing puzzles is in cotton draw string bags as they are light and can easily fit into bags and hand luggage.
I make labels for the puzzles in the cotton bags so I can easily identify them. Here I have taken a photograph of the box cover which is useful as it includes how many pieces the puzzles have and the age recommendation. But as seen in the very top picture, sometimes I make the label from a photograph of the finished puzzle.
For reference this is how we store most of our floor (extra large) puzzles when they are on the children's shelves.
For my toddler this is how I present jigsaw puzzles on his shelves.
I hope this gives you some ideas! I'd love to know how you store your puzzles.
Resources we use: A4 Clear Document Wallet with Button Closure (AU link) (similar US here), A3 Document Wallet Yellow (AU link), A4 Clear Document Box with Clip Closure (AU link) (similar US here). Our drawstring bags are all recycled but there are similar here.
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