Tired of stepping on LEGO bricks in the middle of the night? Me, too! Thus began the hunt for LEGO organizing ideas that would actually work. You’re welcome.
The Magic of LEGO
A few years ago I had the privilege of attending a business conference in Cleveland, OH. I know, not exactly the mecca of business conferences, but it was actually a stellar conference. One of the speakers was a relative of the founder of LEGO, Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and he talked about how LEGO was dedicated to helping foster creativity and nurture imagination.
As a mom of three, all of whom love LEGO bricks, I’ve seen the creativity and excitement that comes with building first hand.
As a mom of three, I’ve also felt the pain of stepping on LEGO bricks in bare feet. I think LEGO should add “LEGO-proof” slippers to their line-up.
I’ve also been that mom that struggles with how and where to store all of those LEGO pieces. The struggle is real.
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The Best Way to Organize LEGO
There are tons of different ways to organize LEGO bricks, but the one that works the best is the one that works best for your LEGO builder.
I’ve spent hours upon hours organizing LEGO in ways that works for me – i.e. – aesthetically pleasing, color-coordinated, tiny bins, etc. The problem is that I’m not actually the one using the LEGO bricks. Sooo, what works from an outside perspective doesn’t always jive with how your kids may be using the bricks.
First things first – watch how your kids build.
As you watch them, think about things like:
- Do they prefer building by set?
- Are they freeform builders and like to do their own thing?
- When they build are they looking for shapes? By color? By shape and color?
- Which pieces do they use most often?
Once you understand how they build, it’s a lot easier to organize their LEGO bricks in a way that works for them.
LEGO Storage Ideas
Now, there are almost infinite types of storage containers to keep LEGO bricks organized. Again, how you store them is really going to depend on what works best for your kids and the space you have available.
Remember – there is no right or wrong way to store LEGO! I think we often get hung up on storing and organizing things “the right way” that we forget that, ultimately, there is no universal right way.
The right way is always what works best for your family. So relax. You can do this!
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LEGO Organizing Ideas That Inspire
To jumpstart your creative mind, here are 13 LEGO organizing ideas that rock. You can tell that, for the most part, a lot of time and effort went into organizing the bricks!
1. Organizing By Set
My daughter goes through phases where she likes to organize by set, so this colorful LEGO organizing idea is a great fit.
2. Under the Bed LEGO Storage and Play Area
I love how this storage solution is also a place to easily build. One drawback would be if your child didn’t want to take down his LEGO build and it wouldn’t fit back under the bed. Would you have to leave the giant drawer in the middle of the bedroom, I wonder?
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3. Large and Small LEGO Storage Containers
This is a great mix of small storage containers and larger ones. I love how everything is labeled and, while it doesn’t seem like they’re broken down into true sets, there’s definitely some separation by theme (i.e.- Ninjago, Superheroes, etc.).
4. Store and Play
Some LEGO organizing ideas are just too pretty to pass up. This set-up uses IKEA coffee tables and bins as storage and organization containers. I think I would lower those wall bins though, because they seem awfully high.
5. Organize By Color, Build By Set
This is another LEGO organizing idea that makes use of IKEA furniture. In this case, the coffee tables are lined up side-by-side to make a long building area. The LEGOs are sorted by color and stored underneath on the shelves with boxes of sets at the very bottom on the floor.
6. Same Size Containers
When you’re organizing, it can make sense to use containers that are all the same size. They’re easier to stack and they look neater when they’re in their place. This LEGO storage solution uses clear bins like these to organize the LEGO pieces by type and color.
7. Storage Within Storage
If you’re super handy, you might want to build your own custom LEGO organizing solution. This one was built with pull out shelves that have smaller storage containers on them. I love that the storage containers have dividers and that there’s room at the top for the flat building platforms. It’s definitely an example of creating a LEGO organization system that works best for the builder!
8. Go Vertical!
My favorite thing about this LEGO organizing idea is that everything is out in the open. Kids can clearly see what they have and get to it easily. Just use pegboards attached to the wall and then clear, tip out and open bins for the containers.
9. Different Sizes, Different Shapes
While we saw an example of using the same size containers for organizing, this LEGO storage solution takes it to the opposite extreme utilizing different sizes and styles of containers for organizing. One recommendation I would have is to label all the bins to make things easy to find.
10. Clear and Colorful
Clear drawer rolling organizer carts are fabulous for so many different things. In this case, using one to store LEGO bricks by color or type is a great storage solution. The area on top is also perfect for displaying finished work and the rolling aspect makes it easy to move from room to room.
11. Super Simple Stackers
Sometimes the best solutions are the easiest! If your child is not a builder who searches by color or part, but instead prefers to dig through a bin of LEGO pieces, some inexpensive bins with lids are the perfect solution. LEGO organizing ideas do not have to be complicated!
12. A LEGO Creation Station
Keep the LEGO chaos under control with this organizing idea! Instead of stray bins, create the ultimate LEGO creation station with wall storage, desk storage, standing storage, and more. Only serious LEGO builders need apply!
13. Bag It Up!
Forget the boxes, bins, and tubs, this LEGO organizing idea has got it in the bag – literally. Swoop Bags keep everything contained, but they’re easy to open and access. In fact, they’re not only good for LEGO storage, but they are also perfect for all sorts of toys!
LEGO Organizing Ideas for the Win
Remember, the best LEGO organizing ideas for your kids’ LEGO bricks are the ones that will work best for them. Take the time to observe them building and then really think about a storage and organization method that will serve their needs. The more in-tune the organization tactic is, the easier it will be for kids to keep their LEGO bricks organized.
And for you, that means fewer LEGO on the floor. Your bare feet will thank you!