I have two little LEGO fanatics at home. Although they are only 2 and 4, they prefer playing with the small LEGO pieces rather than the larger DUPLO blocks. Over time, they’ve accumulated so much LEGO pieces from sets or bulks that it was impossible to find anything! What that means is that I was constantly helping them find the pieces to complete their creations, and it was time-consuming.
And you can see how the LEGO pieces were overtaking my dining table because the only way to find anything was to dump everything out!
I decided to claim back my dining table and to drastically reduce my involvement in locating LEGO pieces! To start organizing, I divided the types of LEGOs into 8 categories:
- Bricks – these are the square or rectangle pieces that are the normal height
- Plates – these are all the pieces that are flat
- Slopes – everything with a straight slope go here
- Curves & Rounds – everything with a curve edge go here, as well as anything that’s round
- Connectors – anything that connects other than stacking, which includes all connectors, rods, pieces with holes in the middle, clamps, as well as L-shape pieces
- Car & Plane Parts
- Single / Transparent / Texture – all the 1×1 pieces, anything transparent, and anything other than a flat surface
- Mini-figures / Large Pieces / Labeled Pieces (Part of a Set) / Oddities – this is basically the catch-all
Depending on what kind of LEGO pieces you have, you might come up with different categories than me. For example, my kids are crazy about cars, so we have tons of car parts, which may not be the case for you.
I got these large boxes and these small boxes to hold my LEGO pieces. Then I created labels for the different categories (you can download here) and simply cut & tape them to the outside of the boxes.
Now my house is so much more organized and I’m not stepping into LEGOs as often as before, ha! My kids are able to find the pieces they want much easier and faster now, which means I have more free time to do whatever I need to do. Plus, clean up is so much easier because they are not dumping all the LEGO pieces out anymore!
Do you have a LEGO fanatic in your household? What kind of organization do you have? I would love to hear, as I’m sure my LEGO collection will keep on accumulating and this system may no longer work.
Photos taken by Vean Chen