If you are the parent of a kid between the ages of 5-10 you probably have a few LEGOs around your house. Or if you are like me, A LOT of Legos. Friends of mine have suggested that I charge a fee for kids to come over and view/play with all the LEGOs we own. I have still not found the ideal place to keep the Death Star!
Anyway, now that you have these LEGOs, you have to know how to store them.
Step 1: Always keep the directions for the kits. This is useful not only when you are putting together the latest AT-AT Walker kit but also when your kid’s friend decides to “fly” your son’s favorite LEGO into a wall. It is also great if you want to resell (or regift) the LEGO later.
Step 2: This is probably the most important step! Decide if your child is a “Take Aparter” or a “Keeper”. Some kids like to put together their LEGOS, play with them for one day and then take them apart to make new creations. Other kids like to keep the sets as they are and play with them that way.
There is no judgment on which one your kid is, you just need to know before you follow a storage path. Also, you don’t need to buy the LEGO brand bins and organizers. I find that Sterilite or Rubbermaid bins in a variety of sizes work just as well and are a lot cheaper.
Depending on who your kid is, your storage will follow one of two paths:
Utilize as many pieces of furniture as possible – you need surfaces! Remember your child’s old changing table with all the shelves? How about that old train table that you got for all the Thomas the Tank Engines when he was 3? Well, now it will come in handy for display and storage (see photo). Currently, our train table is being used for our Christmas village but it usually holds the most frequently used and most beloved LEGO sets. Underneath, there is plenty of room for storage of smaller LEGO sets.
You will also want to have a few bins or storage areas for the pieces that will inevitably fall off and need to be put back on (probably by you). This is also why you will want to keep the directions for all the kits!
You will want a lot of big bins to dump all the loose pieces in as well as a few smaller bins to organize some of the more specialized parts. It is also a good idea to organize the pieces by color and/or size or shape.
I have a friend who gets fishing tackle boxes to organize all the lost bricks to keep like with like. I use kitchen drawer organizers (and they are super cheap too!)
Go buy a ton of bins and storage devices based on your kid LEGO type.
I use the Sterilite 32Qt clear bins for under the train table as well as the 56 Qt for storing large amounts of the regular bricks. The bins also stack well in a closet and they are easy for the kids to open and close. Additionally, I use a portable file folder to keep the directions booklets organized by theme (Ninjago, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc).
When a LEGO falls out of favor, I take it apart myself and then put all the pieces and the directions into a baggie (get some of the L and XL Ziploc bags for your bigger sets). I check to see if all the pieces are there and then I label it. Then it is ready for the consignment store!
There are probably a ton of other ways to store your LEGOs but I have found that this method keeps my sanity as well as all the LEGOs organized!
And keep in mind, as I always say to my son, the great thing about LEGOs is that when they break, you just put them back together (though you better have those directions somewhere)!