How do you organize your Lego collection?


You just totally opened up a cän of wörms so big, that it needed umlauts!  I spent months of my life washing, organizing and finding the proper containers for our family Lego collection, and here are the results of all of my husband’s and my trial and error.  I’m not saying our methodology is perfect.  Far from it, but I tried to use stuff we already had around the house, stuff that would fit in the space we had, as well as divide everything for maximum ease of building.  Warning – our system makes deconstruction organizing incredibly time consuming and it is a project unto itself, but as a family, we decided buildability was our priority.  And man, we can build.

Our Miniland, Summer 2010

Materials

  • Container store Clear Storage Boxes –  My “lg” is the regular sweater box, my “med lg” is the men’s shoe box, my “med” is the regular shoe box, and my “sm” is the accessory box.
  • The Keter Cantilever Tool Box.  It’s a 27-bin organizer and it’s delightful!!!!!  I would recommend it for nearly any kind of storage, and it’s especially good for Lego because it opens up so nicely! Loved it so much, I bought TWO.  I’m not kidding.  Love it!
  • Snapware – Medium snap ‘n stack with 6 sectional dividers – Fabulous – love these!  And, they are so useful for everything.  We used these when we wanted to take Lego and other toys/crafts/drawing supplies out to a friend’s house or restaurant, also.
  • Madesmart modular trays – white small bin pack – I don’t know if they still sell white, but the black/graphite ones work just as well!
  • Misc Sterilite bins and old Lego education bins
  • If you’re looking for a more high design look, check out these acrylic boxes from Containables.  I didn’t use any of these, but if I had to do it over again, I might.  They look great!

This is what it all looks like put together:

It will never be this “put away” again.

Here’s the break down:

Clear Storage Boxes and similar

 

  • LG containers (1 container per type):
    1x bricks
    2x bricks – 2×4 and smaller
    Ramps, slants and roofs
    Wheels, wheel hubs and misc wheel stuff
    Base plates
    Windshields, windows, doors, hatches, ladders and stairs
    Odds #2 – boat/pirate, castle, soccer, UFO/Space odds
  • Med Lg containers (1 container per type):
    Hulls, truck fronts, skis and turbos
    Larger plates (smaller than baseplates, larger than 2x plates)
    Train Tracks
    2x Plates
    Odds #1 – All  other odds not in Odds #2
  • Med containers (1 container per type)
    Slanted Plates
    Beams
    Technic Beams
    Hinges
    1x Plates
    NXT Electrical
    2x Bricks (2×6 and larger)
    Supports
  • Sm Containers (1 container per type)
    Minifigs
    Minifig Accessories
    Decorations
    Arches
    Tiles
    Sliders

Keter Tool Box  (27 bins – 12 small, 15 large) – too much to catalog.  Here are some pictures:

  • Keter 1

This one is more on the decorative side, with pips, printed tiles, curves, corners, chairs, fences, direction changers, etc.

  • Keter 2

This one is more technical, with Technic pieces, bushings, connectors, axle extenders, axles, etc.

  • Snapware: (mostly Technic stuff)

Mostly Technic stuff

  • Madesmart stuff – miscellaneous stuff – I keep a special container of 1×1 plates, even though they are also in my 1x plate box because often I need a lot of them at once for sculptural work.

Miscellaneous stuff – oh, I have a lot more foliage, but it’s being used in Miniland right now.

All of the crazy Bionicle stuff we have is just in a big box in the closet.

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