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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!