LEGO Organization Strategies to Help Save Your Sanity :)

Hey it’s Abby and today I wanted to talk
a little bit about Lego organization. I mentioned when I did my boys playroom
tour that I had some very definite thoughts and opinions when it came to
organizing Legos and a bunch of you said “can you do a video on that?” so today is
the day and I can’t wait to get into it. So I will definitely show you the Lego
system that we are using currently but I wanted to make sure I said right up
front that Legos are one of those things where I feel like it’s gonna be
different for everybody. The best Lego organization system for you and for your
house is going to depend a lot on how your kids like to play with Legos so
what’s perfect for us might not be perfect for you and that’s okay. When we
first brought Legos into our house a couple years ago, I was determined that I
was going to keep them organized by set so I would put all the pieces from each
set in a big ziploc bag and I stored them all in fabric bins in our toy
storage unit and that is how I wanted to store them. My boys had other ideas
though. They didn’t really like to keep putting the sets together over and over
again. They were more interested in mixing and matching the pieces and
building their own creations so I would get really frustrated because they would
get all the Ziploc bags out and mix up the pieces and it would take me forever
to figure out which pieces went in which bags. Now if your kids like to build the
sets and that’s their favorite thing to do that could be the perfect solution
for you, but for us and the way that my boys wanted to play with them, it did not
work very well and it just caused frustration for me and for them. So the
next system I tried was to organize the Legos by color. I had seen it all over
the internet. Lots of different people organize their Legos by color and it
looks beautiful and it looked organized and so I figured if we couldn’t do it by
set we were gonna organize by color. So I took a day, I sorted everything out, I
used one of these TROFAST organizers from Ikea, and we had all the Legos
organized by color. It looked great and we stuck with that system for about six
months but what ended up happening that, again, my boys just kind of wanted
to free play with the Legos so they would get out a bunch of Legos they
would mix up all the colors and build their creations like I wanted them to do
but then when it was time to clean up it was taking us a long time to separate
all the colors back out and put everything away. So what we would end up doing is it would be bedtime, we were trying to clean up, we’d be in a hurry
and we would just leave a pile of Legos on the Lego table pretty much at all
times because we didn’t want to take the time
to separate them all out by color again. It was around that time that I read
Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ and one of the
things she talked about in that book was making sure it was easy to put your
items away and when I read that something clicked with me and our Lego
system. It definitely wasn’t easy to put away with the way that my boys wanted
to play with their Legos when we had them organized by color.
After we abandoned the color coding system, we pretty much moved to what wehave now and that is we have two TROFAST units and all of the Legos are just
mixed together and it’s my organizational self that kind of made me
cringe a little bit at first but truly that is what my boys wanted. They wanted it all together. They find random pieces, they put them together, they make their
creations, and then it’s really easy for them to put it away. The only thing we
have separated out is we do have one bin that has the pieces for the Lego guys
and it’s the only one that’s labeled. It says “Lego guys” because Caleb, my
six-year-old, really likes the guys the best and then he can easily find all the
pieces and create little figures. Then we also made a place where they could store
their finished creations. So what they do when they first get a new Lego set, they go
and they follow the instructions and they put them together and I wanted to
have a place where they could display those where they would be safe and
wouldn’t get messed up. So we put in shelves in the closet in their playroom
and so we have a whole display area where they can display their finished
creations. They usually stay there for a few months before the boys you know end up playing with them, pieces get broken off, and then they end up going with the rest
of the Legos back into the general LEGO fray over here
but that has been working really well for us because they can keep the
completed sets for a while and look at them and then they just get put back
into our system. So the final piece to our LEGO organization system is a way
to store the booklets. I just have a little file box in the bottom of the
closet. It holds all the booklets. I have them organized by type so all the Star
Wars Lego booklets are together, all the LEGO City booklets, all the Ninjago
booklets, and that way if they are wanting to look for a certain booklet
it’s really easy for them to go in there and find the one they want.
I have almost been tempted to even get rid of the booklets that we’re done with
once the pieces are all mixed together but it never fails that just about the
time that I’m about to throw all the booklets out they come to me and they
ask for one. So, for right now, I’m keeping them. At least they’re organized, they
don’t take up much space, and they’re easy for the boys to find and those
three blue folders kind of right in the back of the box are different building
systems other than LEGO. So like K’NEX and Bionicles and things like that. So
those are my thoughts on Lego organization and again what works for us
might not work for you. I’d love to hear what’s working for your family when it
comes to Lego organization so be sure to let me know in the comments below!

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