However. Does anyone else want to have a frank discussion with the people who design puzzle boxes? First, you must use a knife or scissors to rip them open. This normally results in a jagged-edged mess and a half-torn box. Some puzzles are better than others, but it doesn't make sense (to me) to store tiny puzzle pieces in a box that never fully closes. Not to mention the fact that our puzzle shelf normally ends up looking like this:
|This mess was really starting to bother me.|
So, I did the only thing I could do. I put all the boxes on the floor, grabbed my trusty scissors, my stash of storage bags and freezer bags, and started transferring all the puzzles into baggies. For each puzzle I used one bag (large or small), and I cut out the image on the front of the puzzle box. When I was done I had a large pile of boxes (kindling!)
Next, I used this lovely ice container (that I found on clearance two months ago) to store the baggies nicely on our shelf. Not only does it look better, but now the kids can tote all the puzzles, bin and all, when they are ready for some puzzle time. I did keep several of the normal, non-ripped boxes in tact.
So far, I am very happy I took the plunge to rid our toy room of the toppling tower of puzzles!