in this home, we own a lot of Legos.
davey was the happy recipient of hand-me-down Legos from the dunkin side of the family. once he was old enough, we stored them all in one long, shallow, sterilite plastic unit under his bed. that worked for awhile. but when we moved into this house, we purchased a storage unit from IKEA specifically for Lego storage and building.
but he stored other stuff in there, too. and that was a fine. there was plenty of room.
and then Davey happened to walk into his room one day when i was sorting the Legos to FIND pieces to make Lego people to top his birthday cupcakes:
he made this wonderful “whoa!” sound when he saw the organized piles i had created. and while partially holding my breath, i quietly asked him if he would like to have all of his Legos SORTED and ORGANIZED one day.
and he said “yes!”
my heart may have skipped a beat with giddy enthusiasm and excitement. so during our not-quite-three-week road trip vacation to Montana and Washington, i spent a lot of time thinking about how BEST to store and ORGANIZE the Legos in a way that my almost 6-year old son could actually maintain.
in the end, the least expensive and most logical option for us was COLOR organizing into shallow drawers. Since we already had the storage unit and 3 shallow drawers, we only spent $24 ($3 each x 6 new drawers and $3 each x 2 drawer dividers) to create this:
and then i didn’t see my two oldest children for a few days. seriously. davey and samantha spent HOURS in davey’s room building their masterpieces and creations with Legos. the only problem: Samantha wanted more Legos.
and then my husband decided it was time for a new hobby. and i don’t understand it all, but it involves his laptop (duh! just about everything he does involves his laptop), motors, Legos and i-don’t-know-what-else. but did you catch that?
my husband needs LEGOS for his new hobby.
which meant that HE needed Legos. so he ordered a lot of 500 pieces from eBay. they were “special” Legos specifically used to build things like robots (i think they are called Lego Technic pieces or something like that). when the package arrived, there were only 270 Legos inside – he counted them twice.
so it was time for me to get involved. i had a son with an abundance of Legos (but almost ZERO Technic pieces). I had a daughter who wanted her own Legos. and I had a husband who needed specific Legos of his own.
due to all kinds of wonderful circumstances outside of my control, a bulk lot of Legos popped up on a FB group for only $30. so i put myself in line for the Legos knowing there was no way on this planet i would be the “winner.”
but just a few days later, THIS was in my possession:
you know those large storage totes you use for camping and storing things in the garage/attic/basement? this is one of those. over half full of Legos. INCLUDING Technic pieces.
i think my husband was in awe.
my kids were elated.
so one weekend, we spent time as a family doing this:
and after HOURS (i do, very literally, mean HOURS), we had this:
the green, red and metal buckets were filled with Legos for Samantha. the clear bucket was filled with all the Technic pieces for Dave and his new hobby.
so then i made a trip to walmart and purchased a plastic storage unit with drawers for dave. and he and i spent MOST of a saturday SORTING all of his Legos.
and on Sunday, we went BACK to IKEA to buy 2 more shallow, white drawers for Samantha’s storage unit (she has the white version of what Davey has) and we proceeded to sort HER Legos by color (though we grouped a few colors together so she would still have room for two large, pink drawers for her Barbies and My Little Ponies).
so once everyone had Legos in their room and they were sorted to their satisfaction, we started having Lego parties. we meet in the loft and we build (my Munchkins are kind enough to share their Legos with me). and it’s fun.
we now own THOUSANDS of pieces of Legos. (that is NOT an exaggeration.)
they are ALL sorted.
and that’s how we roll!