I get bombarded with Lego's during the holidays. I find them everywhere, on the sofa, under the kids' sheets and bed, in their shoes. The Lego pieces even get vacuumed up by the vacuum cleaner - annoying! However, after over 12 years of Legos in our home, I tried every way possible to organize these little pieces and found this method was the best of all of them.
To minimize the lone wolf Lego piece finding its way underfoot or in the vacuum, I tried organizing Lego pieces by throwing them in various bins by Lego theme. That method didn't work because my kids liked to mix and the pieces to create something new.
Then I sewed a large denim bag with a drawstring to make for a quick clean up. But, when the Lego collection got too large, it was not feasible to carry them around.
And now, as my kids are growing up, organizing them by color seems to be the best option. I guess I should have thought this was the best method since I saw that the Lego stores have a wall divided by colored pieces. Oh well, live and learn. After the initial setup, my kids like to create their Lego masterpieces so sorting my color works for them because they can easily create one color creations this way. Here's how I organized these items. And, by the way, I made sure my kids helped me with the sorting.
The Best Way to Organize Lego Easily
Sort Lego pieces the purchase plastic bins.
I sorted the Legos first then measured the space I was planning on using (under the family room table) and purchased these plastic drawer bins that pulled out and labeled them corresponding to each color of blocks. The larger drawers held the white, grays, the Lego manuals (books), and Lego Bionicle which were already completed to organize.
These plastic drawers sets had wheels and are next to my fridge in my family room and under the table. That way I save room, and the kids can use the table to create and no more Legos on the floor. It worked well for the kids. Yay!
Sort smaller collections into smaller lock lid bins.
On the top of these drawers sets, we added some other bins for the smaller groups they have collected. The boxes helped the kids know where their specific pieces were instead of hunting through the entire bin.
Clearly label each drawer.
I used my handy dandy label maker and labeled each drawer with a corresponding title that helps them know where everything goes.
I labeled the smaller drawers: yellow, red/orange, and green/blue. They didn't have a lot of these colors. I found that placing the Lego pieces in bins that were half full, it was plenty of room for the kids to add to them around the holiday when they got more Lego gifts.
On the top of the table was a whole town my son created, it's a work in progress, so he said. Here are a few areas of the city.
Whichever method you decide to use when organizing your kid's Lego pieces, get the kids involved and have them help you with the organizing process. It's not necessary for you to go it alone. They will use it, so they should organize it. When you finish, commend them on how well they did getting the Lego organized. Kids love to feel helpful. I hope this helps you get inspired to organize the Lego pieces in your home.
I would love to hear from you. How do you organize your Lego pieces? Did it work for you? Where there obstacles that you encountered using a particular method? Please leave a comment below.
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Love the big, easy to read labels on your containers, Sabrina. My son would never sort his by colors so we opted for buckets that could be poured out and then just dumped back into. Personally I would organize them ALL by color! To each their own, right?
So true, Andi! My son started out organizing the Legos in bins by type and then he got older and preferred to "sort by colors like the Lego store". He's older now, but if he wants to play with them, they are already organized and ready to go. And he can start creating. =) Thanks for commenting.