Some people have closets full of board games. My wife worked with a board gamer who had a closet literally jam packed full of board games and some of the boxes were in pieces. He would receive a new board game for every birthday and Christmas.
The board game itself isn’t really the space hog. The box the game comes in is the culprit. So what does one do to remedy the space that your board games eat up? The solution is rather simple.
First, take each game’s loose pieces and instructions and place them into a ziploc bag. Label each bag with the name of the game. Try and store all your different bags in a large box, but be sure to sort them in some kind of system so they are easy to retrieve. (Alphabetically, seems to make sense.) You may want to use file marking labels for the tops of the bags.
Second, stack all the boards together and label them accordingly. You may want to label the edge of the board as if it were a book in the library. Simply use a piece of masking tape and stick it on the fold. This will make finding the board you need very easy. Note: Some board games don’t fold neatly. So you may want to leave them in their boxes. (e.g. Life, Trouble, etc.)
This solution is quite simple and it will save you tons of space if you are a hard core board gamer.