Brick by Brick: 12 Clever Ways to Organize Your LEGOs
We love LEGOs because they’re small, they travel well and they inspire our little engineers to think outside the box. But these little bricks never seem to stay in one place. That’s why we’ve gathered 12 cool ways to organize and store your LEGO collection. From store-bought containers to DIY solutions, there’s a fix for your brick explosion here.
For Traveling: LEGO 3-Piece Toy Organizer Cubes
If your LEGO enthusiast is always on the go — taking bricks in the car, to grandma’s house, and to and from school — this is a great option. The cubes come in three different travel sizes, just right for keeping smaller toys and parts organized and nest to fit inside each other as well as store flat when not in use. Each cube comes with a zip-top closure and clear EVA window to see what’s inside. Available at toysrus.com, $16.99.
photo: 3-Piece Toy Organizer Cubes
For Easy Pickup: Lay-n-Go
Designed by a mom and dad who needed a solution to cleaning, containing and controlling their kids’ LEGOs, the Lay-n-Go is an activity mat, cleanup, storage and carryall solution in one. This amazing bag works as a play surface and easily closes with a pull of the zip cord, storing all of your precious cargo inside. It comes in three sizes — a lite 18-inch, a larger 44-inch and a large 5-foot size. The smaller sizes work great for travel and bringing LEGOs to and from the bedroom and kitchen table. Bonus: You can wash it and it comes with a shoulder strap for easy transport. Available at layngo.com, $21.95 to $64.95.
For a Handcrafted Look: Table Storage from Vine Street Maker
If you’re looking for a LEGO table and storage unit that will also fit with your living room decor, it really doesn’t get any better than this. Custom handcrafted in meticulous detail, this limited edition Vine Street Maker original design features authentic LEGO baseplates which have been firmly bonded to the tabletop. It also has a built-in six-drawer organizer that includes four drawer dividers. Each drawer has a LEGO index card so you can attach sample bricks, indicating the drawer contents. Available at etsy.com, $224.95.
photo: Vine Street Maker
For the Cool Factor: LEGO Sort & Store Storage Bin Head
Your kids will actually want to organize and store their LEGO bricks with this super-fun smiley guy. LEGO bricks fit into the head and with a gentle shake are sorted by small, medium and large sections. Little hands can easily lift each section to see the sorted LEGO bricks. Available at target.com, $34.99.
photo: Sort & Store
For A DIY Fix: Hanging LEGO Buckets
Sometimes you just have to look up to find the solution. And in this case, the creative blogger at B Inspired Mama did just that. Using vertical storage and wall space she came up with this fun way to store LEGOs without taking up any floor space. Simply install a curtain rod on the wall, purchase plastic or tin buckets with handles at your local hardware or discount store, label each bucket with a white paint marker and then sort, sort, sort! When you’re ready to hang your buckets, attach an S-hook to each bucket and hang on the curtain rod. Get the how-to at b-inspiredmama.com.
photo: B Inspired Mama
For Pulling, Moving & Storing: Stackable Storage Trunks
If you’re looking for a way to clean up in a hurry (like company is coming for dinner and your entire living room is a LEGO vortex), this set of four brightly colored, 18-gallon storage trunks feature plenty of room for your bricks. Each trunk comes with locking handles for lifting and pulling, and matching dome-shaped lids for added storage capacity. Plus, the sturdy 360-degree swivel casters are great for moving them from room to room. The casters nest into the lid of other trunks when stacked; empty trunks nest within each other. Available at toysrus.com, $129.99.
photo: Stackable Storage Trunks
For the Engineer: A Handmade LEGO Table
File this under “inspiration.” This table, built by a parent as a Christmas gift, has a base made from four slotted organizers from IKEA. The bins (also from IKEA) are made to slide into the slots. The tabletop is made from a 5′x5′ piece of Baltic Birch plywood cut to 4′ 8″ and has rounded corners (yes, this parent thought of everything!). To get the nice shiny top coat, the creator used spray paint. The first coat is white primer, then royal blue — which matched the blue LEGO color exactly — and then a clear coat. Get the details on flickr.com.
photo: Boyd via flickr
For Stacking: LEGO Toy Stacks Basket With Lid
If your little builder is more of a dumper than a sorter, this basket is the perfect way to contain hundreds of LEGO bricks and pieces. In addition to being able to stack multiple baskets on top of each other (which is a great space saver), the LEGO Toy Stacks Basket comes with handles and wheels so kids can easily transport their LEGOs around the house. Plus, the 10″x10″ baseplate fits on top of the lid or inside to use as a building surface. Available at toysrus.com, $14.99.
photo: LEGO Toys Stacks Basket
For Storage That Grows With Your Child: Adjustable LEGO Table
When Michelle of That Mommy Blog was looking for a LEGO storage solution for her son’s exploding brick collection, she came up with this ingenious Adjustable Height DIY Lego Table and Storage Unit. By combining the storage ideas she had seen on Pinterest with the Ikea Trofast storage system and an adjustable shelf, she was able to create this one-of-a-kind LEGO center. We love the fact that Michelle covered one side of the shelf with green baseplates, and left the other smooth for the option of building without baseplates. But the best part? Michelle can make the shelf taller as her child grows which means she can use this unit forever! For the step-by-step instructions, visit thatmommyblog.blogspot.com.
photo: That Mommy Blog
For Small Spaces: 3-Drawer Workstation Tabletop Unit
This cool storage unit is perfect for small spaces and keeps LEGO bricks and pieces easily sorted and stored. The drawers come with four removable divider trays and each drawer comes with a LEGO plate on the outside so kids can build their own labels. When your little one asks if you’ve seen their Ninjago pieces you can tell them to look in the drawer with Kai on the front. The unit also comes with a large base plate on top to store your little engineer’s fave creations. Available at toysrus.com, $34.99.
photo: 3-Drawer Workstation Tabletop Unit
For Major Organization: Labeled Bins
When Jen, blogger and mom of three boys, decided to organize her kiddos’ LEGOs she initially thought a couple of Rubbermaid containers would do the trick. However, after talking with her boys who insisted their LEGOs be sorted by color, Jen regrouped and decided the IKEA Trofast system was the best way to go. After countess hours of sorting thousands (and thousands!) of pieces, Jen was ready to make labels which she cut out of cardstock and adhered to the boxes with a matte finish Mod Podge. If you want to know what Jen did with her kids’ LEGO manuals, she organized them in a box with a label, of course! They reside on the top of this fab LEGO organizer. Get the full rundown at iheartorganizing.blogspot.com.
photo: I Heart Organizing
For Wall-to-Wall Coverage: I-Beam Design
Can you imagine the look in your little one’s eyes if you turned his or her bedroom into a wall-to-wall LEGO haven? Designers Lena Seow, Vrinda Khanna and Suzan Wines of I-Beam Design did just that. LEGO boards cover the walls of this room, from floor to ceiling, so kids can build with or against gravity. Plus, every creation becomes an integral part of the play space architecture until a new construction is made. How cool is that? See more at hgtv.com.
photo: HGTV / I-Beam Design
How do you organize your little builder’s LEGOs? We would love to hear your ideas. Leave us a comment below!
— Kristina Moy