What started out as a few of Hubby's old sets has in a few short years morphed into an entire cupboard of Lego sets. Space ships. Planes. Trucks. Houses. We have a lot of Legos.
Believe it or not, the photo you see below represents what used to be a really good Lego organization system. I know it looks messy, but when we first introduced Miss C. to the magic of Legos, she was about four years old and all she wanted to do was assemble the sets using the instructions over and over again. So we bagged up each set and stored it in its original box. Everything stayed nice and neat (or at least organized).
And then Master W. grew out of toddlerhood and wanted to play with Legos too. His first Lego love was the green garbage truck. He played with it non-stop and for a long time was content to play with the assembled cars, trucks and space ships as-is.
But in the last few months something has changed. Master W.'s love of the Lego is still going strong, only now he likes to
smash disassemble them and leave the little pieces everywhere. Putting all of those loose pieces back with their original sets was becoming impossible... they all started to look the same. And there were so many of them!
Something had to change. I knew we needed a new system, but I couldn't bring myself to simple throw all of the pieces into a big bin. That would only lead to dumping... and really, who wants to clean that up?
So I start combing the web for Lego storage ideas. My favorite was the lady who used a metal tool chest to sort the pieces by color and type. We checked the prices on metal tool chests... let's just say they were way beyond my tiny budget. Yikes!
I switched to Plan B: If all else fails, check JoAnn's.
Score! Using my trusty 40% off coupons, I was able to pick up three ArtBin storage containers with moveable dividers for $12 each. My budget was $43 (all proceeds from selling some toys and clothes the kids had outgrown).
I spent a few nights sorting our Legos out by color and I'm in love with the results. Amazingly, the kids have kept it very well organized. They can find the pieces they need, which I think has led to more creative creations, and everything is much easier to put away.
And while I still find some Legos on the floor (ouch!), it's much better than it used to be.
*Yes, yes, I know they're technically called Lego Bricks and one should never, ever refer to the as Legos. But I grew up with three brothers who loved Legos... and that's what we called them... and darn it, old habits die hard. I just can't bring myself to call them Lego Bricks. Sorry, Lego.