This week, I'm writing about one of my family's favorites (yours, too?): Lego! See the other posts in the series.
When you first become a Lego House, you usually start with a Beginner Set, a bunch of loose Lego that comes with its own storage (I love toys that come with storage). Pretty soon, though, the collection grows…
…and your storage needs change. When you first get started with Lego, open bins are the easiest way to clean up after creative play, with those special inventions put up on a bookshelf, of course. Bins can slide under a bed or be part of a larger toy storage area like IKEA's bin systems.
As your kids grow and as you collect more bulk Lego, they'll want to make more complex creations and be able to find certain pieces. Here are a few organization solutions:
Use a train table. I like when the kids build Lego on our train table because the table has a lip all around to catch the small pieces. Use the drawer or bins that came with your table. You can also build your own Lego Table using bins and a coffee table (found through Freecycle or a yard sale).
A plastic Sterilite Rolling Cart works well for sorting Lego by set, size, or color of pieces. You can even use a drawer for all the Lego instruction booklets and magazines that your child collects. My friend Anne had her scrapbooking cart taken away by her Lego-organizing twins, and my son has a Sterilite Cart in his room (that was a former craft organizer of mine). Drawers seem to be a natural way that kids want to sort.
The Box4Blox is a unique organizer that lets you shake the bulk pieces in the top so that they filter down by size. You'll end up with four bins, sorted by size, that can be used for playing and storage. Look for a special deal and giveaway here this later this week!
For very tiny pieces, minifigures, and specialized pieces like wheels, you can pick up a craft organizer or tackle box. I've seen them recently at the Dollar Tree or you can use a 50% off coupon at Michael's or ACMoore. For Lego Technic and Mindstorms, especially, they're recommended.
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