Lego Lego Lego…….of the clutter.

LEGO the stuff that keeps kids happy for hours. Creative, imaginative and durable. It also creates hours of clean up for parents and kids alike.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way.
I use to find my son surrounded by his LEGO. Every piece, every accessory dumped out to enable him to see everything, as he built structures way beyond my comprehension or ability. Truly amazing stuff for imaginations of all ages. The trouble is the clean up. How was a boy to cope? The piles of large,small,medium blocks of every colour scattered, Everywhere. Tears tantrums, body thrown to the floor in frustration (and that was just mine)!

A system had to be found. So call me crazy! One day I literally poured all the LEGO on the floor and got to work. Every piece was sorted into colour. Each odd piece, ie, sword, shield, hat, fence piece….you get the picture, was in another pile. I will not tell a lie. It took me all morning, and by the end I wanted to open a window and toss it like confetti.

With the 3 drawer container I had purchased close at hand, I scooped up coloured piles of LEGO and deposited them into each drawer.

My Son's LEGO storage

Jill Robson – Life Sorted

I had to group colours together, but that worked well for a while. I had the smaller items in a small tackle box. This has since been commandeered for his Beyblades (Beyblades!…..What) another blog.

The need arose for more space! Go figure. Nanny was purging LEGO from her house that was my husband’s when he was a boy! So the next phase was born.He likes to keep some structures intact after construction, so larger storage was needed.

My son's LEGO storage

Jill Robson – Life Sorted

He is allowed one structure to be displayed. The others are stored in this 7 drawer container on wheels. The wheel part is great. He can wheel it next door into the Guest/Playstation room when friends come over to spread the mess…….I mean play with the LEGO. Afterwards the clean-up is easier. Everything has a place and a place for everything.

The key is find a solution that works for you, and build from there. Every pun intended!
Do you have LEGO clutter? If so, how do you deal with it?
I would love to hear your solutions, and if you like mine share it with others.

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10 thoughts on “Lego Lego Lego…….of the clutter.

  1. My son loves his Legos as well! He’s all about building the sets while following the directions though. I must say you are much more patient than I would be to sort all those bricks and blocks by color! We keep ours mixed in tubs and then for sets that we want to keep the pieces together, I use the infamous gallon size Ziploc baggies. We did have an issue with keeping the instructions from being strewn across the floor and I did a blog post about my solution for that: http://wp.me/p2d0Rd-4s
    The file box works really well for us!

    • Great to hear from you Jean. Yes Lego does seem to take over doesn’t it. For my son I keep the instructions in an old zipped bag that his sheet set came in for his bed, which he keeps in a drawer. He doesn’t use the instructions much as he likes to mix sets together, but I love your file box idea. Thank you.

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