|The 1 x 2 brick: The Candy of Creativity photo courtesy: Megan Rothrock|
WHAT: Product Recommendations for LEGO storage after writing my story at Quartz
DOES: Could drive you crazy but could inspire awesome creativity in your kid! And maybe rid some anger against the toys you buy for them.
INVEST: $2 and up
TOOLS: Express Yourself, Like an Executive, Foment the Love of Language (no kidding, there might be a little bit of speech and language therapy here)
By now, I hope you have read my story about sorting LEGOs at Quartz. If not, please check it out. We have poured much energy into this story. Three families discussed what was the best thing. Coincidentally, we all started reorganizing our LEGOs at the same time, the decision to write a story came afterwards.
I know many of you are trying to control it somehow. Maybe even feeling a little angry. Angry at them, yourself, your spouse, your relatives who bought them???? Getting LEGOs as gifts are blessings but the clean up is a total ....you know.
The same goes for the kids who won't take anything apart. I have one of each type here. Both types aren't easy but irregardless, we had a total mess on our hands and so I thought I'd make a list of products that might be helpful to you.
|If sorted by color, you don't need a label necessarily... You can find this at Michael's usually. Probably at Jo-Ann's too. Various carts made by ISIS.|
|Remember to use those 40% off coupons for Michael's. Although, this thing seems to be on sale a lot. Sometimes, I see them at Michael's and sometimes I don't. I bought these a year ago and it has held up well.|
|It's not a drawer but the bins slide out easily.|
|Takes up space... but it's only about $5 without the cart.|
|Not always a bad thing tho....|
|easily pour it back in when you're done.|
|snap it back on... some kids will not do this though...|
|ISIS' craft s$9) for this is adjustable too but don't turn the box upside down.|
|Found two of these at Home Depot. It's their HDX brand. 2 for about $10. Most of it is adjustable. I wish I got this one though.... now they are sold out in my neighborhood but you can still get them at another Home Depot (that particular one is in-store purchase only)|
|This is also from Home Depot, the brand is Husky.. cost me $5. Compartments are adjustable. I prefer this over the one below. Both 14"|
|Plano 14" small parts adjustable stowaway organizer- The dividers came attached but I needed to use a scissor to make edges clean so they would fit. Lid can be removed.|
|HUSKY from Home Depot Cantilever toolbox for storing LEGO EV3 - PERFECTLY! $20!!|
|GLIS box with Lid from Ikea It was $4 when I bought it. Stackable, lid removable|
|at center standing up are the tool storage boxes,the small blue one is for jewelry pieces that I bought at Michael's for two dollars.The compartment's contents do not get mixed up. In the back is the Story Starter Kit from LEGO Education, the contents also stay in place there too.|
Other items to help be organized and clean......
|Want to see what you have. Spread out your LEGOs but kids can't clean it up that well. Toydozer is well-made and super super... helpful!|
|Lay N Go Lifestyle size is big enough for us. Just don't let it overflow... we did. Then sorting that pile away is crazy. These bags are great when the entire stash can be contained in there.|
Good Things Come to Those Who Organize
|working with one color is truly fabulous!|
|This was one of the winners at Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick exhibit contest|
|This won a local competition in Long Island, NY photo: Johnson family|
|The Johnson's family's peace sign close-up. Interesting pieces placed intentionally in interesting place. I Spy a pair of eyes....|
|The subway map also won at Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick exhibit|
|Sorting becomes sculpture...|
|Did you know that sorting will most likely get kids to crack open those LEGO books you have always wanted them to look at? Love LEGO Play Book and LEGO Design book|
|LEGO Design Book is very cool|
|The Beautiful LEGO book is majestic.|
|LEGO Adventure Book by Megan Rothrock has lots of instructions.|
What other families are doing... You are not alone in your LEGO sprawl or LEGO museumification of our home.
|The sets stay contained but minifigures have been separated. photo: Anonymous|
|The "BEFORE" picture... photo: Jiming Liang|
|at this home, all walls are covered with shelves displaying various LEGO models. This is just a one-fifth of what this child has.|
|Christine Dimmick showed me this photo and convinced me to sort by color. Best decision ever! Photo: Christine Dimmick|
|Megan Rothrock's LEGO collection when she lived in Denmark. She could not tell me how many she owned.|
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