I like to keep certain jigsaw puzzles in a way where they will stay together. I have found the boxes are not really good for us, as they tend to get torn and ragged over time. I use a pencil storage bag that you would put in a notebook binder. I cut out the picture of the puzzle so it fits in the bag and then write the number of parts the puzzle has. If you have a number of jigsaw puzzles, you could put them all in a binder.
By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN
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