LEGO organization and storage is something that I hear a lot of moms talking about. After all, those little bricks certainly add up quickly when you have a brick lover (or several!) in the family.
If you find yourself getting a bit upset about all of the LEGO that is spreading across your house, you need to find a solution that is going to work.
Do you buy a system, or DIY one? Should you organize by color, by piece, or a combo of the two? Would big bins be the way to go? We will cover all of these questions in this series on LEGO organization and storage.
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LEGO Organization and Storage Considerations
You can get your LEGO bricks organized and find a storage system that is easy for your boy to use. There are a lot of different ways to do it, so read on for things you should think about before you start.
Before you put a system into place you really need to take some time to think about what will work best for your family. Here are some things to consider.
What is the Best Way to Organize?
The best way to organize LEGO bricks depends greatly on how your boy plays with the LEGO he already has.
Take some time to watch and think about the way your boy plays with LEGO and how he needs things to be before making any big changes.
Does he like things super organized; is he always sorting his piles before he builds?
If he likes things organized, you need to find a way to help him with that. We cover some ideas here.
Or does he lean more free-form and likes to be able to dig around in his bricks? ie: he dumps them into a big pile and swirls them around looking for pieces.
If he prefers toward dumping them out, you have an easier task ahead! You should simply find a place where he can dump them out and play to his heart’s content. Then include some ground rules for cleanup.
Where and How Should You Store the LEGO?
Where is the best place to store the LEGO? In a bedroom, in a play room or in a family living area, or perhaps a converted dining room?
You will need to think about where the LEGO will live 😉 If everyone knows where they are suppose to be housed, you will have much better luck keeping things organized and tidy.
How much room do you have to store LEGO? Is space limited or can you spread out? If space is limited you need some good organization methods to deal with them. We will get to that in a future post. Right now just think about the space you have available.
Do you need multiple storage options for several kids or would one work best? Some families keep their boys’ LEGO bricks separate for less “discussions” on which piece belongs to each child. If you need to keep things separate you may wish to have them store their LEGO in specific bins or maybe even in separate rooms.
Where and How We Store LEGO
Personal Experience: We store in the bedroom and he takes them into family areas to play. I know my son has dug around in his bricks, spread them out, and by just seeing certain pieces next to each other it gave him an idea for a neat build. He also likes to build the sets. This is exactly how we store things.
Deciding on the Best Way to Organize LEGO
Enlist your boy’s help in making decisions for organizing and storing his LEGO. It will do no good to put a system in place that he can’t use or that isn’t a good fit for him. <<<Important
Make sure he wants to make a change. As you will see in this post, I had the great idea to organize and sort a certain way but it didn’t really work for him. Bit of a fail!
Go to Part 2
If you have taken a look at how your boy plays with LEGO, and where you might want to store it, you can now move on to part 2 and tackle actual methods that will help you store them.
Here is our next LEGO Organization and Storage article where we will show you several methods of organizing and give you tips on setting up different storage types. LEGO Organization and Storage: 3 Methods for Storing
Be sure to take some time to observe your boy playing with LEGO. It will help you find the best method.
Storing and Organizing LEGO does not have to be a chore. It took us a while to figure out the way that worked best for my son and our family but we are super happy with the results.
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