Lego Storage and Organization
My boys started getting into Legos about a year ago. In that time, we have accumulated a massive amount of Legos. To be fair, we already had a huge collection because my husband was a Lego freak when he was a kid and so we have boxes and boxes of “vintage” sets. But since the boys now share in his obsession, the Legos have multiplied and taken over. Every gifting occasion, every Responsibility Chart prize, every what-should-we-do-this-weekend-I-know-let’s-go-to-the-Lego-Store moment has led to Legos breeding like bunnies in the springtime. This weekend our project was to try to get the Legos under control.
I researched a lot of Lego storage possibilities, and found my favorite solution on I Heart Organizing. However, instead of using the tall IKEA Trofast system featured on that blog, we went with the lower Trofast frame. I like this better because it is the proper height for the boys to use the top as a work surface and display for their completed sets and Hero Factory guys. The cost per frame is about $40, plus each bin is about $3 (so about $70 total each, or $140 for the two systems I have shown here). We have actually had this system in place for awhile, and it works well. But as the collection has grown, we decided to add on a second frame and set of storage bins this weekend. For the most part, they are sorted by color. I like this system (versus sorting by size) because it is something my guys can do by themselves pretty easily. We did split up the black and gray pieces into two bins each, with small-medium pieces in one bin and medium-large pieces in another bin. I also have one larger bin for base plates. Over time, we had found that the big pieces make it hard to sort through without dumping the contents of the bins out, so this method should help stop that from happening by making it easier for the boys to find what they want.
The other little tip I wanted to share was how we have been managing to keep our newly organized system in place. I have never been great at keeping house, but I find that the right systems can help me a lot to prevent my clutter from getting out of control. One day I found that there was a crazy, overwhelming amount of Legos on the floor, so I grabbed a bucket and threw all of the Legos into it. I was surprised at how quickly the room cleaned up and how I immediately felt better, even though the Legos were not sorted yet. So since that day, I give each boy a small bucket each night before we brush teeth and we all do a 10-minute clean-up. I ask them to gather all of the Legos from their room and around the house into their buckets. Then, the next day or so, I help them sort the contents of their buckets into the bins. Or as I am reading books, Steve will be sorting Legos from the bucket. The bucket system helps get the room to feel immediately much cleaner, and the task of sorting doesn’t seem nearly as overwhelming when you have a bucket of Legos in your lap and can just sit in one place and sort them. I find it kind of soothing, actually, and I like to sit and sort and talk to my guys as they are building their latest creations. And the boys have a much easier time finding the pieces that they need, and they can focus on being creative rather than crying over that *one* missing piece.