Organizing, Sorting, & Storing LEGO Bricks

Section I: Organizing, Sorting, & Storing LEGO Bricks

LEGO brick storage is an ongoing challenge for most LEGO enthusiasts. For a family with young kids, a reasonable goal is to minimize 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 need lots of well-organized storage to better understand what you have and quickly find what you need.
The LEGO Architect, by Tom Alphin
The LEGO Storage Guide is by Tom Alphin, author of The LEGO Architect. The book is now available in 10 languages.
 
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Background

I started looking for the perfect LEGO Brick Storage when I purchased the LEGO Architecture Studio set in 2013. My collection has grown, especially when writing my book, The LEGO Architect.

Along the way, I created a collection of LEGO Brick Labels, which have been downloaded by hundreds of LEGO enthusiasts. In talking with many LEGO enthusiasts, I’ve learned about many different approaches to sorting and storing LEGO pieces. I’ve even had a chance to visit a few of their homes, and 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 ultimately decided that a guide which starts by exploring organizational approaches would be more valuable. I hope it helps you get more organized and be more creative!

Organization vs. Storage

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

Many people use the words “organization” and “storage” interchangeably, but in practice they are two different steps.

  • Organization — how you decide which container to put each brick in.
  • Storage — the containers where you keep your LEGO bricks.

 
 

70% of LEGO collections are dominated by LEGO bricks that are not sorted by set.

Getting Started

It’s not easy to decide how to organize your collection, and find the perfect storage. To make this easier, I’ve broken the process into three steps:

  1. Understand 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 other factors.
  3. Find the best LEGO Storage Solutions — I’ll show you the best LEGO storage options for a LEGO collection 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…

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