When we were growing up, my sister and I shared a set of Legos which had 413 red, yellow, white, and blue pieces which all fit perfectly into their own color bins, plus 2 green bases that fit over the bins. I know because my sister still has the box. Those were all the Legos we ever had. Sorting those blocks back into their own color bins was so satisfying.
And we had a telephone which was mounted to the wall by the kitchen door and had a long curly cord.
So, yeah. I wasn’t prepared for the Legos of today…all those tiny pieces that hide in the carpet and hurt like heck when you step on them.
My twin boys quickly had way more than 413 pieces. At first it was so fun. Like, wow! Moving parts! There’s neon green! And gray! And light gray. And….I started off wanting to show them how to sort everything by color, the way my sister and I did, but new sets don’t come with built-in bins. Plus, I don’t need to tell you there are now like 10 different grays, not to mention all the different shapes.
At one point we did a giant Lego sort, at my insistence, but was impossible to maintain. Maybe it was the sheer variety of colors and shapes. Maybe it was because it was my system, not theirs. Lesson learned.
But all is not lost in this quest from some control and organization of our Legos!
Here are my real-world tips for surviving life with Legos:
This tip could change everything for you. I learned this from a family with older boys. Have your kids play Legos on a big sheet. Dump out your bin(s) on the sheet, scatter them out, make a mess—fine! When you are ready to stop, you put any finished or half-finished creations on a shelf and then you pick up the sheet together and dump everything into the bin. DONE.
While I think a sheet does the trick, if you feel the need for a “organizational solution” (and I know you might!) Amazon sells a variety of products by Lay-n-Go, which are pretty handy.
Keep sets together. If you don’t leave the $99 (!) Star Wars kit from Grandma built and on a shelf, then dismantle it and put all the pieces into large Ziplock bags and back into the box or into its own bin with the instructions.
Or if you have a bunch of sets that are part of a particular line, keep them in one bin. Keep City pieces together. Keep the Minecraft line together. That will keep the right groups of colors and types of pieces together. You can try.
If you do nothing else, keep your people parts in one bin. All those mini-fig torsos, heads, weapons, and hairpieces are tiny and hard to locate in a bin of other stuff.
Here are a couple more Lego organization posts I find super useful, so choose your own adventure:
- Practical Moms Don’t Sort Legos By Color
- Lego Bins by I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar
- 3- Part Series on Lego Organization from IHeart Organizing starts here
And, for some pure, unadulterated fun, click here to find toooooooooooons more color-sorted, Lego-organizing goodness on Pinterest.