Hoping you can give some tips on keeping Lego under control. My 12 year old son has so much of it that to make it slightly more manageable I split it up into ice-cream containers into colours so it would be easier to find the pieces but now we have like 50 ice-cream containers on the floor and on shelves and whilst it is a bit more organised, it hasn’t really solved the problem. I’m sure I’m not the only Mum suffering from Lego taking over the floor. I did consider a drawer type arrangement but all the ones I’ve seen in department store catalogues are pretty ugly. I am currently at a loss. Hope you can make some suggestions.
Dear Lego Lady
Well, I first I must ask, who is looking after said Lego and trying to keep it under control? Is it you, or your son? If it’s you, well… are you sure it should be you? It’s his stuff, his responsibility and really, if he can’t take care of it, then perhaps it should go to a kid who does value looking after it (tough love, sorry, I’m clearly ripe for an episode of World’s Strictest Parents).
Second, how much is enough? It doesn’t matter what type of content we’re talking but the less you have, the less time, effort and money it takes to wrangle. Is the collection going to continue growing? Do you need a Lego room? Or could we build extra room out of said Lego? Will there be a limit to the size of Lego land?
Regardless of size of the collection, you shouldn’t need more than a dozen categories or containers at absolute most. Lego, I hear, is best sorted by colour (I am no expert), as this is the fastest and easiest way to find which pieces are needed, particularly when building from a set or map. Size shouldn’t matter too much. But it will depend on how your son like to access the pieces too, so good idea to check with him that colour is the best way.
If colour is the best way, 8 colours should do the trick – black, grey, red, yellow, white, light grey, blue and green. All the other bits and bobs (heads, roadsigns, helicopter blades, itsy-bitsy weeny tiny transparent pieces that stab you in the foot) can go into another category or even sub catergories on their own but I think this image below will give you the best clues. Genuis, isn’t it? Credit must go to the lovely Whitney from Raisin4.blogspot.com.
She’s used a good-lookin’ tool box (Australian shoppers will find plenty of choice at your hardware store, the feature image above is a well spent $99) with drawers that appear to be beyond perfect for lego. Wide, deep, rubber lined, and nice and solid. Not plastic. Sexy. bear in mind many of these tool drawers also come with wheels. Yep. Even sexier.
For the full story, Whitney’s original blog post is here.
If this look and feel isn’t for you, or for younger kids, a drawstring mat has been another popular choice for some time – maybe back to the 1970’s even? You’ll find plenty of beautiful choices on Etsy.
I hope these storage ideas help, but remember containerisation is just part of the game. The real trick is putting away on a regular basis!
TIP: there’s no perfect container until you’ve mastered maintenance.
TIP: Use a small (clean) dustbroom and pan – kept with the lego – to ensure a quick clean up! Perfect for when kids dexterity is still developing and picking up little bits a challenge.
If you are still craving more Lego storage solutions, I need to refer you to my all-knowing colleague, Jeri Danksy. Go to jdorganizer.blogspot.com and punch Lego into the search bar (top left). You will find many more ideas!
Also, Pinterest is a good source.
GOOD LUCK LEGO LADY!