Version History & Acknowledgements

Appendix: Version History & Acknowledgements

Wondering why I created this guide, or changes I’ve made to improve the guide. You’re in the right place.

History of this guide

I’ve wanted to write this guide for several years, but only started writing the guide in February 2017. Rather than limit myself to the storage options I’m already familiar with, I began by surveying nearly 200 LEGO enthusiasts from around the world. These responses were instrumental in better understanding what storage topics are most important to LEGO Enthusiasts, and gave me a better understanding of what works, and what doesn’t work when trying to organize a LEGO collection. The survey responses made it clear that storage of LEGO bricks is the highest priority for most LEGO builders.

Major Updates to this Guide:

Because this guide is published online, I can make improvements and corrections at any time. This list only highlights major additions or corrections to the guide.

  • October 2, 2017 – Beta Preview Version – The initial Beta version of this guide was completed before my LEGO Storage talk at BrickCon 2017, and shared with my Mailing List. This first version focuses on Organizing, Sorting, and storing your LEGO bricks. The storage solutions highlighted in this version focus on those available in the USA.
  • April 2017 – The main sections of the guide became clear after reviewing the survey data. An introduction helps readers understand their LEGO collection, a chapter on how to sort LEGO tackles this topic, and separate chapters focus on Small (unsorted), Medium (sorted by category), and Large LEGO collections (sorted by part, or part+color.)
  • March 2017 – Created a survey for LEGO Enthusiasts to understand how much LEGO they have, where they store their LEGO, and what storage solutions they like, and storage solutions that they tried but do not like.
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Acknowledgements

The following are a few of the readers who contributed ideas which I hope to incorporate into future updates to this guide. Thank you for showing your support by sharing your great ideas!

  • Steve Parmley – Steve re-iterated the importance of considering storage costs, sorting time, and purchase cost when thinking about buying more LEGO. In a world where you can order any part ever created in just a few days, you are unlikely to save a lot of money buy purchasing LEGO parts just because you “might” need them in the future.
  • Kevin Thomas – Kevin suggested rolling carts typically used for plants to make your storage boxes or drawer cabinets easier to move around your home or workspace.
  • Robin Sather – Robin is one of only 14 LEGO Certified Professionals. He explained his entire storage solution, which includes rolling carts which each contain the common parts in two colors, additional storage for less common parts, and two levels of overflow storage for bulk brick. He treats the cart like a painter’s palette – refilling it as needed (from harder to access bulk storage in boxes and bags). I want to include the idea that your core purpose of your primary storage is ease of access – it doesn’t need to include all of the bricks you own. (Also one of several people who suggested use of advent calendar insert for storing sorted bricks.)
  • Jack McKee – Jack offered lots of products and tips for builders with diverse needs such as fine motor control or limited eyesight. I hope to incorporate these ideas in the future.
  • Josh Chase – Suggestion to include some of the smaller Sterilite drawers as an alternative to Akro-mils style drawers for very large collections.
  • Ralf Floris – Suggestion to add a section about creating an “index” indicating where the parts are stored in your system.
    2017/10/03 – Added to chapter: Additional LEGO Brick Storage Tips and Tricks.
  • Roloff de Jeu – Suggestion to include inexpensive food storage containers as an alternative to plastic bags or more durable plastic boxes. (Great for temporary storage when building models or sorting new parts.)
  • Sean Edmison – I learned a lot from ideas shared by Sean and other builders during the LEGO Storage roundtables that he hosted at BrickCon 2015, 2016, and 2017.
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2 Responses

  1. Jack McKee says:

    Tom, you are creating a great resource for us. Your free downloads and unique ideas are very cool.
    Would it be helpful to add something about common tools that can make building a bit easier? As an older AFOL, I depend on the following tools: Museum Putty (holds MOCs–is removable); Magnifying Glass Stand with light (helps with visual instructions); Food Shovel/Scoop (flat and metal–helps scoop up parts); Sortkwik (helps hold on to parts); Long Tweezers (helps grab small parts); Slanted Drafting Board with lip (helps seeing more of the parts); Rubber Shelf Liner (helps parts stay still); Lazy Susan (helps with rotation of MOC as you build); and more…
    Thank you!
    [::] Jack

    • tomalphin says:

      Jack, this is a very insightful comment, and rather than just add a few items to my existing tips and tricks section, I think it would be even better to put together a list dedicated to “model-building tools to increase efficiency and comfort”.

      I would love your help in pointing out specific products which you have used and work well. I do not use products like Museum Putty or Tweezers, and would be worried about products that could damage LEGO bricks – more information is most appreciated, so I can share it with others.

      Sincerely,
      —tom

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