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#1 babysaurs

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:47 PM

HI my 5yr old DS got some early xmas pressies during the week of 3 small lego sets. This is his first lot of lego.
How do you store your lego? Do you just put it all together? Or each set separate? Or each theme seperate? What do you do with the instructions?
No idea of the best way to go about it so any help appreiciated:)
TIA


#2 CupOfCoffee

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:52 PM

just to scare you... this is what your Lego collection will look like in a few years (this is our garage):



Instructions you can put in a ring binder to keep them safe if you want to use them later (although Lego instructions are online).

For storage, it would depend on how the child wants to play with it, if they specifically want to keep the sets for play, I would just put them on a shelf,  If they are looking to always build something new, I would just put it in some tubs to start with.

#3 Mumma_G

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:56 PM

DS is 5 he has 2 lego heads, 1 small one (for leggo people), 1 large one for sorting pieces, then a whole heap of plastic containers (sorted into wheels, trees, lights etc) which all stack in a bigger container.

I hate leggo!

#4 tickly_rain

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:59 PM

We have used the Trofast shelf from IKEA, with 12 drawers.  It's BARELY enough for our stuff, stored by colour.  Children have some permanently set up as well.  http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/S29872993/

The instruction booklets are in a display folder on top of the shelf.

#5 ~elle~

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:00 PM

Hi CupOfCoffee... is your shelving from Bunnings???

I like the black racks -- do they take alot of weight??


#6 babysaurs

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:04 PM

QUOTE (CupOfCoffee @ 20/12/2012, 01:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
just to scare you... this is what your Lego collection will look like in a few years (this is our garage):



Instructions you can put in a ring binder to keep them safe if you want to use them later (although Lego instructions are online).

For storage, it would depend on how the child wants to play with it, if they specifically want to keep the sets for play, I would just put them on a shelf,  If they are looking to always build something new, I would just put it in some tubs to start with.


OMG that lego collection is huge lol!!!

#7 ellebelle

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:05 PM

If you have the patience, make sure you keep the books. I have sbeen selling some of my son's Lego on Ebay and if you are selling an actual set as opposed to kilograms of it, you can get really good prices for it.

#8 Nofliesonme

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:07 PM

That's some serious Lego.

#9 IsolaBella

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:12 PM

Depending on the items.

We have some general Lego boxes.

We use Sistema klip it boxes for larger sets including instructions).

Some sets we put in large sandwich bags and then back into the boxes.

We keep ours separate by theme.

Lego general and Lego city together.
Lego airport.
Lego creator ( although the small sets are in general boxes now)
Lego kingdoms
Lego Star Wars
Lego alien invasion
Lego dinosaur
Lego ninjago
Lego Christmas



#10 CupOfCoffee

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:15 PM

QUOTE (~elle~ @ 20/12/2012, 01:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi CupOfCoffee... is your shelving from Bunnings???

I like the black racks -- do they take alot of weight??


They are from bunnings, and they do take a huge amount of weight.  

I also have the matching workbench for making stop motion pieces



Because it is our garage, they didn't need to look pretty, we just needed strong and functional.

#11 mombasa

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:17 PM

We got Lego brick storage blocks from Howards Storage World, they were expensive around $50 from memory but DD was given a pink one for her Birthday so we got a few more, I like them because they stack on top of one another, if we weren't given one I doubt we would have them though due to the $$$ they look cool though.

#12 amabanana

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:28 PM

We use trofast benches.  I'm about to get a large piece of PDF and set it up like this.

#13 CupOfCoffee

Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:29 PM

QUOTE (amabanana @ 20/12/2012, 01:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We use trofast benches.  I'm about to get a large piece of PDF and set it up like this.


That is seriously cool...

#14 IsolaBella

Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:46 PM

I need a bigger house so I can get the taro fast Lego table in too.

We use the attic storage to rotate the Lego from current o non current sets. Works well 9 m later and the kids have forgotten items.



#15 Foogle

Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:20 PM

My number one Lego storage tip - Buy a new house.  biggrin.gif



#16 IsolaBella

Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:24 PM

Toggle considering we have kids sharing rooms due to lack of bedrooms a Lego room is not in DHs priority list LOL!

My dream home comes with extra rooms for Lego.



#17 PrincessPeach

Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:29 PM

Given my parents currently have 3 x 100 litre storage tubs of lego at their house right now - we had a lot as kids.

All of the instructions are also kept in a display book.

Dad built us a table which had the road boards & green spaces glued on, so we had a permanently set-up town, which we constantly added to over the years.

The lego that wasn't on the table lived in a big storage box with a clip-on lid.

Edited - used the wrong word again!

I love that lego table in the link!!!

Edited by PrincessPeach, 20 December 2012 - 04:31 PM.


#18 -*meh*-

Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:30 PM

we have a expedit unit with 6 boxes to sort the lego...

we have:

car/wheel bits
men/accessories/animals
fat blocks
flat blocks
misc bits (including a small box for lights)

then we have some empty cubes for displaying put together items... we are about to move some of the lounge around to bring in a book case from the carport to display more put together items.

#19 Peanut

Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:31 PM

CupOfCoffee, your storage looks fantastic!  If only my garage, or indeed anywhere in my house, would look that tidy!   biggrin.gif

#20 SeaPrincess

Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:58 PM

The boys each have a display cabinet with made up sets inside.  I keep the instructions and the few random spare bits separate from the made up items.  I still have the instructions from my own Lego sets which are also on display in DS2's cupboard.

Hero Factories are in a tub all together (and there are lots of bits missing)

Each of the boys also has a tub or Lego head with non-sets for general building.


#21 Foogle

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:00 PM

QUOTE
a Lego room is not in DHs priority list LOL!

Well it should be - what is that man thinking about.  biggrin.gif

We tend to subscribe to SeaPrincess' concept - sets made up and displayed.  This does present an issue because no matter what way you look at it, Lego is not a neat and tidy thing when it is displayed.  And don't even think about the dusting - a mineral makeup brush is my friend. original.gif

See pics below to prove my point.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdav...go/IMG_0015.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdav...go/IMG_0014.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdav...go/IMG_0013.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdav...go/IMG_0012.jpg

and there is never enough room for the sets still to be built, so they don't get built - they just get stacked - 26 of them at the moment (see below) until I can get DH to stop his current projects and reconfigure the room. A new years project me thinks.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdav...go/IMG_0011.jpg

We also do the diorama thing which is down near my office area of the house.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdavis/Lego/Lego6.jpg

A complete set of minifigs per theme are stored in the Lego minifig boxes -

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdav...go/IMGP1341.jpg

All instructions are stored separately in airtight containers.

Good luck OP  biggrin.gif






#22 babysaurs

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:11 PM

QUOTE (amabanana @ 20/12/2012, 02:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We use trofast benches.  I'm about to get a large piece of PDF and set it up like this.


I cant get that link to work?

#23 IsolaBella

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:18 PM

Goggle my kids like to build sets, play with them and associated sets, then they get broken apart and out away to RE build 6-12m later.

So for half the school holidays we may have a kingdoms theme and then it will be Alien Invasion wars (which sometime get the Lego city airport or star wars ships adds too depending on their moods)

#24 babysaurs

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:20 PM

QUOTE (Foogle @ 20/12/2012, 07:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well it should be - what is that man thinking about.  biggrin.gif

We tend to subscribe to SeaPrincess' concept - sets made up and displayed.  This does present an issue because no matter what way you look at it, Lego is not a neat and tidy thing when it is displayed.  And don't even think about the dusting - a mineral makeup brush is my friend. original.gif

See pics below to prove my point.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdav...go/IMG_0015.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdav...go/IMG_0014.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdav...go/IMG_0013.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdav...go/IMG_0012.jpg

and there is never enough room for the sets still to be built, so they don't get built - they just get stacked - 26 of them at the moment (see below) until I can get DH to stop his current projects and reconfigure the room. A new years project me thinks.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdav...go/IMG_0011.jpg

We also do the diorama thing which is down near my office area of the house.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdavis/Lego/Lego6.jpg

A complete set of minifigs per theme are stored in the Lego minifig boxes -

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y151/jdav...go/IMGP1341.jpg

All instructions are stored separately in airtight containers.

Good luck OP  biggrin.gif


OMG thats some serious lego!!!
Now im worried about what i have gotten myself in for lol!!!
Do you keep all the origional boxes too?

#25 ~Nodnol~

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:24 PM

I never tire of looking at foogles Lego.

We have ours colour coded in a trofast system. At the moment it is in ds's room but it's going to have to move soon- he needs space to have a table and some of it out on display. Dh is going to lose some of his shed I think.  dev (6).gif




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