Thursday 03.09.17

No More Stepping on Legos

In San Francisco, we’ve been knee deep in Legos since the holidays. Seems it’s the one plastic toy beloved by every parent…until you step on one, barefoot, at 2AM. Never fear though, NEAT is here!  Keep reading for organizing tips that should cover every Lego enthusiast in your home...
 
The first step to organizing Legos is to decide how to categorize the pieces. By color? By set? All together? This all depends on your child’s age and how they play with the Legos. Older kids will appreciate having them organized by color because they’re likely to do more free-building. Kids just starting out might feel more comfortable with Legos kept in their sets. As for the littles, it will probably be a free-for-all. 
 
Pro tip: Even if Pinterest pictures of Legos color-sorted sets your heart aflutter, it’s not always worth the work. Sorting by color is a serious time investment. And if the sorting inhibits your child’s play or they won’t keep it up, it’s not worth doing it in the first place.
 
After deciding how to organize the Legos, the next step is choosing an organizational solution. What you purchase will depend on how you decided to organize. 
 
Below are some containers recently used, and approved, by the NEAT San Francisco team. 
 
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By Color - For Small Collections
 
The Container Store’s Akro-Mills drawer cabinet is a nice option for smaller collections.
 
If you are more style driven, Bisley’s multi-drawer cabinets (below) are perfect. They have a fresh, modern feel and come in many colors. Plus they can easily be repurposed for art or office supplies once your kids grow out of the lego phase. 
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By Color- For Large Collections
 
With regards to Ikea, clients either fall into the “pro” or “groan” category when I mention their products. We happen to think Ikea is a great resource for kid organizational products. They’re inexpensive and can easily be repurposed or donated when no longer needed. 
 
For large Lego collections, we love Ikea’s Alex line. The 9-drawer can be used if you only have vertical space. Or the 6-drawer on casters is great. You could easily add Linus organizers in the drawers to further organize the collection. 
 
The other great part of the 6-drawer is that you can place a project tray on top. Any masterpiece currently being built can be carried to a playtable, worked on, then put back on the tray and stored until next time. Or you could attach Lego baseplates to the top of the unit and turn the top into a building area.
 
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By Set
 
We recently organized a client’s son’s Legos by set and used Ikea’s Trofast line. We individually bagged the sets in Ziplocs with the manual and placed them in the drawers by type. We only used deep drawer bins.  (If sorting by color, we suggest the shallow drawers.) 
 
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All Together
 
Two great options for Lego beginners or for Duplo enthusiasts are Swoop Bags and Lego Storage Bricks.  They’re cute and can be easily repurposed for other toys.
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Labeling
 
The gold star for Lego labeling goes to i heart organizing. She easily dealt with the conundrum of labeling for pre-readers by using the color to write out the label. (Sidenote: She also used Ikea’s Trofast.)  It’s nice looking and functional. Definitely NEAT approved!
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Happy sorting!! 

xx

the Neat (SF) girls

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