Section I: Organizing, Sorting, & Storing LEGO Bricks

LEGO storage is an ongoing challenge for most LEGO enthusiasts. For families with young kids, you might just want to reduce the chance of stepping on a LEGO brick in the middle of the night. For an older builder with a very large LEGO collection, you might a well-organized storage solution to help you understand what you have and quickly find what you need.

Background

I started looking for the perfect way to organize and store my LEGO bricks after purchasing the LEGO Architecture Studio set in 2013. My collection has grown a lot since then, especially when writing my book, The LEGO Architect.

As I started organizing my collection into cabinets with drawers, I created labels for each new part. I shared my LEGO Brick Labels with LEGO enthusiasts around the world—the collection has since grown to include labels for over 1000 LEGO parts!

In talking with many LEGO enthusiasts, I’ve learned that there are many different approaches to sorting and storing LEGO pieces — I’ve even had a chance to visit a few of their homes to see how their collections are organized. These experiences inspired me to write this LEGO Storage Guide. I initially thought that it would be a single page with a few top-rated storage solutions, but decided that an in-depth guide would be more valuable. I hope it helps you get more organized,.. and be more creative!

Why focus on LEGO bricks?

This section focuses on the best ways to organize and store your LEGO pieces. Why?.. because the majority of LEGO collections contain a lot of unused LEGO pieces that are not sorted by set.

Organization vs. Storage vs. Sorting

It’s not easy to decide how to organize your collection, and find the perfect storage. Let’s start by making sure we understand the difference between these three related terms.

  • Organization — A set of rules that help you decide which container to put each piece in.
  • Storage — The large or small containers where you keep your LEGO pieces.
  • Sorting — The process of putting each piece in the right place.

In other words, you will sort your LEGO bricks into your storage based on your system of organization. Let’s get started…

Getting Started

Organizing your LEGO collection might seem daunting. For many people, it feels like a chicken and egg problem: you need to try different storage containers in order to pick the perfect organization system for your collection, but you don’t want to buy storage containers until you decide what you need. This guide helps you pick the right organization based on your needs, rather than trial-and-error.

Let’s organize your LEGO collection in three easy steps:

  1. Understanding your LEGO Collection — Let’s learn about the primary LEGO builder in your home, how many LEGO bricks you have, and where you want to store your collection.
  2. Organizing your LEGO Collection — We’ll determine the right level of organization based on the size of your collection and your needs.
  3. Finding the best LEGO Storage Solutions — I’ll show you the best LEGO storage options for LEGO collections of any size.

While personal LEGO collections are the focus of this guide, these recommendations may be relevant for teachers who use LEGO in an academic setting (such as using the LEGO Mindstorms kit to teach Robotics), people running BrickLink stores, or for professional LEGO artists.

Let’s get started by learning more about your LEGO collection…

3 Responses

  1. laura says:

    Wow! Thanks for this guide. Its very informative.

  2. Interesting spread of data. My collection at 1.7M (over 40 years) is almost exactly 50/50 sets and bulk. I’ve been keeping spreadsheets since 1996 so I know of which I speak! Maybe because I was building/buying before the internet, a local PAB wall, or bulk buy opportunities.

  3. Pascal Gauthier says:

    My collection is comprised of various Lego sets, roughly 300 of them. They are sorted by individual bags, to match the sorting in the provided Lego booklets. I may have some 8000 blocks that are stored in 2 bins, for my son to play and create whatever he feels. That’s with those that he spend most of his time. On my side, I mainly build sets (or disassemble them after a time).

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