How to organize your Lego bricks

There’s a lot more to organizing your Lego collection than keeping the bricks off the floor. Whether you have a few completed projects you’d like to display, or you want to keep your Lego parts organized for your next build, keep the following tips in mind.

Make it a breeze to find items with a storage cabinet

Finding the right size and color brick to complete a project can be like the proverbial needle in the haystack, especially if your Lego collection is extensive. To make it easier to find what you need, consider investing in a small parts storage cabinet that you can pick up at a hardware store. The storage cabinet bins are typically available in an assortment of sizes, so you can fill them up as appropriate. Next, sort your Lego collection. You can place Lego minifigures in one bin, wheels in another bin, and so on. Finally, label each bin so you can find the right wheel or brick in a snap.

Bag your Lego bricks

For those who undertake a Lego project that requires thousands of bricks, keeping the bricks in one place while working on a project can be difficult. To make your next project a bit easier, use resealable sandwich-size plastic bags. Sort the Lego bricks by color or size, then label the bags with a marker. Instead of sandwich bags, you can use rigid plastic containers in an assortment of sizes.

Keep instructions in one place

No matter how careful you are, it’s always possible your finished project could break. To prepare for every Lego builder’s worst nightmare, keep all instructions for your completed projects and works in progress stashed in a folder. If your creation is one you designed yourself, then keep your notes and any relevant pictures you’ve taken stored in your folder as well. To reduce paperwork, you can also keep a digital copy of your notes online.

Store incomplete projects in sturdy boxes

What do you do with your half-finished project? To keep everything together, use a sturdy box with a lid, like a banker’s box. The box will keep your project protected when you’re not working, and can also be used to store the Lego bricks and instructions you need to complete your work. If space in your work area is limited, then consider using a collapsible box. Keeping everything you need to complete your project in one place will make it easier to build, too.

Organize other accessories

If you’re the kind of Lego builder who likes to keep your completed projects intact, then you’ll want to keep your cleaning gear, including small paintbrushes, in one place so your project stays free of dust. Other accessories that you might use in your Lego projects, including a motor or lighting setup, should also be packed away when not in use. Depending on the size of your accessories, you may be able to stash everything in a shoe box. Don’t forget to include any relevant instructions.

Organizing your Lego collection doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. For example, you can pick up bins and storage containers at garage sales or thrift shops. You can also reuse smaller resealable sandwich bags after each project. Just keep your organizational gear in one place so you can find it again for the next Lego creation you build.