To display or not to display? To organize or not to organize? That is the question. Once LEGO finds a home in your home, sooner or later you’ll be starting to think about how to display, store, or organize that multi-color treasure-trove. LEGO organizer ideas will come in handy.
I still remember (and have!) the first plastic heavy-duty tool box that I got for my early collection of LEGO pieces, magazines, and instruction booklets. That tool chest of LEGO was my pride and joy, and it managed the task well… for a while. You might be able to guess the rest!
Let’s take a look at 4 things to avoid during LEGO organization, as well as some solutions for display and storage. Surely you don’t want to be wasting any precious LEGO-building time by fumbling around and searching high and low for that single element that seems to have gone missing! Nor is it an edifying thought to consider what may happen to your labor of love, if calamity were to strike it to pieces.
So let’s get you sorted!
#1. Avoid the Boxy Big Bin Approach.
Admittedly, this strategy works just fine as a quick clean up and on-the-fly storage method. But if you’re serious about keeping LEGO around for the long haul, you may quickly find that this simply won’t do.
If you repeatedly and haphazardly throw all of your LEGO bricks into a bunch of buckets, as your collection develops, so will the difficulty of finding a specific piece. This is particularly true if your big bins are deep and require digging around to locate that piece. Keep your storage solution containers at a shallow depth.
I guess there is one good thing to say about this storage technique: at least it provides ample opportunity to hear the pleasant clinking sound of all those different LEGO brick varieties!
#2. Avoid the All-In-One Approach.
Avoid storage systems or storage products that stake their value on providing storage and sorting simultaneously. Such a system would claim to allow you to drop your bricks into a container and shake it in order to “sift” the smaller parts out into their own special container. The disadvantage to storage products using this all-in-one method is the limitation: part size.
For example, if you’re looking to migrate away from the big bin approach, it is likely that some of your LEGO pieces are aimlessly stuck together in all manner of weird ways. These “larger” parts will not be properly sorted in this method, creating more work for you later.
Additionally, sorting out LEGO pieces by size is not particularly helpful when you’re searching for a specific part. A 1×2 tile (or 1×2 plate) is roughly the same size as many many minifigure accessories. And that is just one example of how heaps of totally different parts could get mixed together in this convoluted sizing method.
Psst, pro tip: unless you don’t mind a very long and unrewarding task, sort by shape more often than color or size!
#3. Limit The Furniture Approach.
It goes without saying, LEGO collections and personal building interests change. And unless you are absolutely adamant and resolute that more LEGO shall NOT be added to your assortment, avoid the furniture storage method.
With that said, a table like Exhibit A is not bad at all, since you have the option of removing the LEGO and using it for another storage purpose entirely.
However, Exhibit B is what you should shy away from. The limitation in storage and organization space, as well as the limited surface area (which has been dedicated exclusively to LEGO building) limit what can be done with the furniture.
Even more importantly, it unintentionally limits your mindset! It would be all too easy to see Exhibit B and try to fit a collection within that framework, in other words: “it must fit within the table!” Or “you must build on top of the studded LEGO table instead of somewhere else”!
Not very fun in the long-run.
#4. Get Away From The Set-Focused Approach.
It is not a terrible crime to sort by set. But as your LEGO collection grows, this method can become very restricting.
Keeping sets “together” or keeping a set’s pieces organized “together” can inspire the temptation to fear “losing” the set if you let the pieces scatter freely in your own creations.
I get this very well, because that is a tendency I had and still have. I MUST know where all the pieces are to any given set, so that I can easily build it again!
Of course, this is not bad in and of itself, especially when there is a favorite set you want to keep intact (or easily reassemble). But resist the urge to let it stifle your usage of the LEGO pieces in your own creations! Do not imprison your bricks and pieces in designated ziplocs for all eternity.
The Best Way To Display LEGO?
Who can say? The imagination is the limit, I say!
But if you desire to add some premium (and stylish!) protection to your special models, definitely check out Wicked Brick Display Solutions.
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LEGO Organizer Ideas – Storage Recommendations.
I briefly took a look at sorting and storing LEGO in a previous post as well, so let’s just quickly recap.
Ultimately, what you need depends on you and your situation. One size fits all simply does not work with LEGO. But here are a few last considerations for small to medium-sized LEGO collections!
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|Sterilite Sliding Plastic Drawers||All Available on Amazon. Click to see current listings.||Offers modularity, which also permits easy expansion and repositioning. The clear variety allows easy visibility of parts even without pulling the drawer out.|
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|Akro-Mils 44 Drawer 10144 coupled with “earthquake straps”||—||An excellent and professional solution for sorting and storing tiny, miscellaneous LEGO pieces.|
|SlideAway Toy Storage Organizer & Play Mat||—||A great 2-in-1 solution if you are trying to get your kids to tidy up their LEGO when finished for the day, as well as have a place to play.|
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So whether it be to stuff everything into a bin or box, jam everything into a room, let it take over, or something else entirely – what’s your “strategy” for keeping and displaying your LEGO collection?
I really liked the picture you presented at the end. That really is a nice play room. I have been struggling with this, now that my Lego collection has been starting to grow. What should I display and what should I store? And how to store it? I liked the furniture approach.
It really depends on what your favorite sets and/or creations are. Maybe you could have a “rotation” of LEGO that you have out for display/play, and others that you put away for a while or disassemble for the pieces. Figuring out what would work best (and playing around/experimenting as needed) should be part of the fun, not a chore!
Thanks so much for reviewing some LEGO organizer ideas! This was exactly what I was looking for as we have amassed so much LEGOs over the years and they seem to be stashed away a little bit everywhere! These ideas really help and some of the display options offered were fantastic!
Of course! You’re very welcome. Hopefully you will be able to get on your way to collecting all the stashes of LEGO and maybe prevent them from fully taking over! 😅 Thanks for you comments, Daniel.
This would be ideal, especially for gamers. It’s a cool innovative way to store your Legos after using them. Many people would not have thought of this, they would have just put stuff away in an untidy manner so this article is very useful.
True, I can imagine some of these drawer solutions being ideal for video games, gaming accessories, or other smaller electronics. Especially if space is a concern, many of the organizer chests and Sterilite containers can serve a multi-purpose function. You could combine them with racks and other storage units/cabinets.
Thank you for very interesting article. I am collecting lego for some time now and I must admit that I was using the big bin approach. But it’s not perfect and when my collection started to grow more rapidly, I started to look for new approaches especially to my special sets (like Millennium falcon). I love the idea of Wicked Brick and for sure I will test it in practice as it will look so cool
Hah, many of us have been there. I’m glad this was of assistance to you in your search for more economical LEGO organization and display. 🙂
Yeah, many of the Star Wars ships would look stunning on one of those clear custom display stands. I’m curious to know which Millennium Falcon set you’re referring to! Is it the huge UCS edition shown in the Wicked Brick demo video, or one of the smaller models?