Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lego Storage

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Have you found yourself in the Lego Land Of The Lost?  After years of accumulation and periods where the boys wouldn't even dare try to play with Lego because of the disarray they were faced with, I've finally got a solution and it's a CHEAP one!  I scoured the internet for solutions, but they were all way too, expensive or just not right for our situation. 

So, if you have very limited space and a limited budget, but a huge problem, then you've come to the right place.  Check this out!

I went from this...

To this!

As you can see from the two images above, we purchased two...laminated particle boards?  Hehehe...They were very rigid and cost us under $10 for both!  My hubby, after a couple of weeks of "forgetting"  hehehe...cut them to fit perfectly under my son's bed.  They go width wise under the bed and are approximately 3 feet by 2 feet.  They are lined up side by side.

He put two small holes in and some string through and knotted it on the bottom to make some handles.  I would guess that a board must weight around 3 pounds with everything on it.

Above and below, you can see that I just saved up some rigid boxes and Chinese take out boxes that seemed like good sizes.

Whah!  Those are some serious Legos!  You might even have more!  Here I started the daunting task of separating by colour.  I put wheels, windows, and people related stuff like weapons and clothes in separate dishes.  I got one of my sons to help, but with a bit of Wii time as a reward.  Hehehe...

Next, figure out what box or container is best for the color or however you choose to separate the Lego.  I tried to use containers that would allow for more future purchase Legos.  When I came across a color that had A LOT of pieces I divided them up by big pieces and really little ones.  This way you only have half of the amount of pieces to go through when looking for a particular piece.

Then arrange the containers on each board so they fit nicely and have room in-between for future adjustments/bigger containers!

That big, green basket is full of the books and some sets that are all together in zip locks.  Zip locks take up very little space and are see through, so you know what's in there.

Get out your industrial strength double sided tape.  I think this may have been carpet tape?

Cut a piece that fits the size of the container.  If it's a small container, use a smaller piece.  Unless you are using cheapy tape that might not hold so well.  This stuff wasn't moving and we had it around the house.  I left all of the containers where I wanted them so I didn't have to guess where the tape would have to be.

Remove the backing of the double sided tape when you have it where you want it.

Then place your container on the tape.  Make sure you apply pressure and have a good firm set.  It's much easier if you don't have the pieces in there.

My son helped me carry it into the room, with relative ease.  So, if they wanted to play in the living room, it would be no problem to carry or slide it out there by themselves.

There's the final result!  Two boards that easily slide under my son's bed.  There is room for another board.  Hopefully, I won't need it!  As you can see, the area rug is right there.  So, they can play right where the Legos are.  Oh!  I now have a ton of space in the closet and recycled some containers!

I hope this will help you out!  If you have an excellent organization idea, share it here!

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