Put a Lid on It
Thursday October 24, 2013see more by suzanne
My sister wrote this guest post today on LEGO organization tips. Thanks Suz!
I’m sure I’m not alone when saying I have a 4 year old that is LEGO OBSESSED. Maybe it was our fault for starting it all too early at age 2 1/2 (and maybe Daddy secretly likes building them too!).
We’ve been collecting the little LEGO sets for about 1 1/2 years now and every few months I find myself swimming in the little pieces. I think my son also feels a bit overwhelmed when he sees his messy bin of all types of Legos mixed together. And with a baby brother who recently became mobile (Lord help me), my fear of finding him choking on a mini figure became enough for me to find some order in the brick chaos.
I hope these LEGO organization tips might help other moms swimming in the pieces too.
My Favorite LEGO Organization Containers
There are a ton of different options for LEGO organization,but I find these bins from The Container Store are the easiest and least expensive option.
We use these Accessory Boxes for the colored bricks and the Shoe Boxes for the completed models. By the way, did you know you can place an order over the phone or online at The Container Store and many locations offer curbside pick up where you can drive up and they will bring it out to your car so you don’t have to unload the kids?!
They are a great size, stack nicely on a shelf and are clear so you can always see what’s in them. They are actually sold as shoe bins for fancy people that keep their shoes in closed boxes. At $1.89, go ahead and buy the case of 20 of them for $33.80. You will find tons of uses for them in your house if you have extras. And maybe your shoes might get lucky too!
Once you have your containers, it’s time to sort.
Sort. Sort. And sort.
We found it’s easiest to do this by color, wheels and axles, mini figures and mini fig accessories. Set aside any models that are already built and store them in the boxes ALONG with the instruction book. Then on those rainy days or times when you are looking to entertain your little one for awhile, you can get out a box with the instructions and let them deconstruct and build it all again.
The best part is, the lids are great for spreading out the pieces and when it is time to take a break it is all contained!!
I’m sure this OCD organization method will not last us forever, but at least I feel more comfortable that all those little pieces have a good home away from our crawling baby! Happy sorting!
Do you have any other LEGO organization tips???