5 Lego Storage Ideas
As the mother of two elementary school aged children, our family has been in the Lego-loving phase for a long time. My son who is now nine years old got his first Lego set for his fourth birthday, which means that for five years I’ve been appreciating the creativity that Legos bring to my family, and occasionally cursing when I step on one in the dark. Over the years, we’ve tried a bunch of different methods of storage to contain the Lego madness. They’ve all had their pluses and minuses!
Store According to Set
When my son first started playing with Legos, he only wanted to build them according to the instructions. If the set was missing even one piece – even a piece that didn’t matter – he would throw a fit and refuse to continue building. When we were in that phase the best way to store his Legos was in individual bins so that we could keep each set and its instructions together. As time moved on we bought some Legos that were for building creatively with, so we designated one of the larger bins for those Legos, and kept the sets in smaller bins.
Store According to Color
As my kids got older, it became obvious that some of their Lego sets were not being used any more. They had just been around for too long, or they were missing pieces and couldn’t be made according to the instructions any more. I decided to create a Lego Central storage unit in the basement for shared legos for creative play. The boys kept some of their newer sets in plastic containers in their bedrooms. Using a multi-drawer storage piece from Ikea, we spent almost an entire day carefully sorting the Legos by color. Let me tell you, that storage unit was a think of great beauty. For all of about 30 minutes. While having Legos sorted by color was really convenient if the kids were searching for a specific piece, it also turned cleanup into a nightmare. Which when turned into the Legos never getting cleaned up. Which then turned into stepping on them in the dark. Seriously – something had to give.
Throw Them All in a Tub
Does this count as a storage “method”? Well it’s what we did next after my realization that people (including myself) don’t really enjoy spending long periods of time sorting Legos by color. I had a couple of large plastic tubs on hand and we just dumped the Legos in them and stuck them on a shelf. Obviously this made clean up a lot easier than sorting things by color, but it was still annoying. The basement is carpeted and it makes it hard to “sweep” the legos together. And of course the tubs always ended up being completely dumped out because it was too hard to find what you were looking for without being able to spread them out.
The Lego Mat/Bag
So I just purchased this Lego mat/bag from Karnotech. We’ve only had it for a couple days, so I can’t tell you for sure how it’s going to work in the long terms, but so far I like it. When spread out in a circle, it creates a large area where the Legos can be spread out. And as long as you keep them on the mat, cleanup is easy because you just pull the drawstring and the mat turns into a bag. I labeled drawers on my storage unit with the names of my kids so that they would have someplace to store their creations, and I am honestly hoping that this is the solution to the “Legos are taking over my house” nightmare.
Lego Instruction Storage
Currently all our Lego instructions are in a plastic tub. They’ve been stepped on, thumbed through, and otherwise “loved”, so as a result a few are missing pages. Although we have not “arrived” yet, I like the idea of storing Lego instructions in plastic sleeves inside a binder. They’d be easy to find and would not get wrecked easily!
How do you tame the Lego Beast at your house?