March 02, 2012

Feature Friday - Lego bins

I am sure you will agree that these are the BEST and the worst toys ever! I am so sick of finding them all over the carpet, bedroom, and even the kitchen! My last straw was when I found a Lego guy inside my fridge! That's it....we need a place to put these "lovely" things!!!!



I had seen a couple of great idea's around the blog world like this one from lay-n-go...
But some how they were still all over and for me this was just to much dis-organization! Where's the red or green piece? You still have to search and search for it.
Then I saw this post from IHeart Organizing and I had to do it!
All I needed were the words cut out in the right colors, to sort ALL those Lego's, and a few cheap bins from Ikea! So here's our storage...
This helps my little 3 year old with his colors and helping put them away. The boards fit right under the bottom baskets to store them too.

On top we have the amazing builds for the week. I have a problem that after the boys make stuff they NEVER want to take it apart. So I told them it can be on display or played with all week and then comes the end of the week and we put all the pieces back away! This way they always have the pieces they need for the next build. Now on to all those lovely booklets that come with the legos. 
A few years ago my friend suggested this idea to me. She said this is how she organizes all those booklets and then they don't get all ripped apart. You buy just a cheap 3 ring binder with the clear paper cover sheets and then insert a booklet for each one. Then they are safe and the kids can flip through the book to see what they want to make this time. It's genius and I LOVE it!!!

The boys know just where everything is so it (sometimes) ends up with one less "MOM!!! Where is my..." during the day.
I just made this cover super fast on picnik in their collage section. I know picnik will be gone soon but I might as well use it until the very last minute.  That's all for today! Have a great day and good luck with all that storage!

42 comments:

Megan said...

Love your idea. I went out a few years back and bought the same storage units from Ikea but then I got the taller ones and I got six of them as I had soo much lego and doll stuff. Now all I need to do is label each tray with its colour (just need a stihouette machine,)find a place to display each creation and then I'm all set.

Megan
www.oneplusoneequalssix-q.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, I love this. My shortie is still a little young for lego (we're still in the duplo camp over here) but I can see it coming. This is getting bookmarked for sure! Thanks for the idea. And the binder made me laugh - that's how I store my sewing patterns that I make! SO fun.

Rebecca said...

very cool:) i have the same issue at my house. i love the binder idea for all the instructions and the one week rule. this is going to be my weekend project......

Nicole said...

Love that! How much was that ikea system?

The Miller Five said...

Absolute genius! LOVE those Ikea storage bins!

alteredstatesstudio said...

wish i would have had THAT when my boys were little!

Melissa said...

Thanks so much for sharing this idea! We have some of the same Ikea bins to store the Legos, but somehow it didn't occur to me to trade some of the deeper bins for a few shallow ones. Love the binder idea, too! I'll have to add some things to my Ikea shopping list! :)

Twins Squared said...

I just pinned this! Great idea. My boys are only three and just now getting into legos and they are already making me crazy! This would be awesome. Now to convince the hubby that I "NEED" to go back to IKEA. :)

Kelley said...

I love these ideas, but I organize legos by block shape not color.... hmmmm

Tina said...

That's awesome! I love your blog; you always have such great ideas, thanks!

Tennjenny said...

We have the same cabinet and bins (sans cute labeling, of course) . . . but my son is almost 7, so we have two of them, argh. And the legos were only sorted once (argh).

I am enjoying Cassie's House! How I wish I had your mud room.

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

That is genius! How smart to do it by color anyways. You're always searching for a color that is buried, that would solve the problem. And I love the idea of keeping all the booklets in a binder---way smart!

Melissa said...

Nice work woman!! This would be SO helpful with any kids that are into the PECS system as well~ Aside from just the "pictures," what a great way to help our little's to learn to read :) Thanks for the idea~

Carmen said...

Genius!!! I wonder if this would work with Littlest Pet Shops and My Little Ponies????

kim west said...

i love and adore this with every fiber of my being. just saying...

Taylor Swim said...

wow! simple and smart... ;)

Kylie said...

This would never work for us, my husband is the culprit - he likes his legos to be sorted by genre and set, the color thing would never fly. :) But I love the idea of bins!

Unknown said...

Amazing! I have a lego maniac and this would be perfect. We actually go to this cool place downtown Tacoma that is an actual lego studio of an official lego builder. He sorts all of his legos by color (except on a much larger scale...think huge room from floor to ceiling), so you are doing it like the pros do!

Beth said...

Cute solution, but also...

@Landon & Kylie, I agree with you: my kids don't care what color it is, they just want "that thingy with the four bumps and the part sticking out on the side." So a while ago I created my own storage system, using tackle boxes. You can see my post here: http://remarkablydomestic.com/2010/05/11/tackle-lego-chaos-brilliant-lego-storage/

That way, all the same *kinds* of Lego are corralled together. Much easier to rebuilt old sets then, too.

~ko said...

Love this idea! We've just entered the lego stage so Im happy to already have a solution to the problem I know is coming ;)

Jennifer said...

that is a great idea! I especially *love* the "Amazing Builds" on top. Like a hall of fame for the lego creations.

Jennyroo said...

We are struggling every day with the Lego-storage thing. It drives me crazy when sets get broken apart, because we can never find the pieces to put them back together. But it also drives me crazy that my kids consider building a set a 'one-time' deal. That's not the point of Lego!!

CF said...

To help ease the resistance for the take apart, maybe an album for the kids' creations. Display for the week, take a picture, take Lego creation apart and then put the picture in the album. Then they can remember what they built and still have legos to build new creations.

NikiChennell said...

I absolutely HATE stepping on legos!! Like I truly hate them all over the floor (and I don't use hate very often). This is such a great idea, my son is 2 and a half and he throws all the pieces in a box but I think he would like to sort them all out and put them in its own bins, my son likes to organize things. Thanks so much for this!!

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Outback Crafter - Debra said...

Great storage. Ours are stored in a similar style but by shape as my boys usually want a 'flat' or a brick. I love your idea about 'design of the week' that would definately solve the storage issues.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is such a great way to find what you need when you want it. Ours are all mixed up.

Angie said...

I like the bins, but sorting by color doesn't work for us. My three boys have a LOT of Legos, and what matters more is the size of the piece or the type of the piece. And it changes as they develop their skills at building things. Soooo...I personally would recommend not labeling them by color, but maybe by number instead. So they can say this week, "All the big flat pieces are in bin #3," or "Studs and 2x4's go in bin #2." It's a lot more versatile that way. Believe me, as they get older and more advanced in Legos, color sorting will just be frustrating. Otherwise, what you've done is awesome!

Delia said...

This is awesome! WE NEED THIS! Thanks for the inspiration.

Bekki said...

Love your storage! My boys are 9 and 10 and they love having their Legos by color. It makes it so easy to clean up. I keep two small sort bins on top of our storage drawers for all the extras they play with but might not use to build. When the bins are full they have to sort. It has helped so much with keeping up with the system. Those IKEA systems are perfect and I love your color labels.

Maggie said...

This has been fun seeing you here, Cassie. Great blogs all. Love your design ideas and the organization ideas too !

Night Garden Design said...

I have an idea for all those Lego creations the boys don't want to take apart: take photos of all of them and make an album! Less heartbreak when it comes time for the tear-down.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the great tips and ideas. I think we all have the same love/hate relationship with Legos!!

Teresa said...

I just organized all of our legos right after Christmas. they were taking over my living room. We even made trays to slide under the coffee table that holds their building plates. http://www.hummingbirdhollowquilts.blogspot.com/2012/01/wip-wendesay-subway-art-lego-storage.html

Christie // lemon squeezy home said...

I love love love this!

Julie said...

I did the same thing a couple of months ago, isn't it the greatest thing! If you want to add space for your kids to play with the LEGO's you can glue base plates to the top of the Trofast. I did that and the LEGO's never stray far away from the table anymore. Can't tell you how nice it is not to step on this lil guys throughout the house anymore! Here is mine in case you want to add the base plates =)

http://thatcraftyjuls.blogspot.com/2012/01/our-new-lego-table.html

Megan L J Scott said...

Oh my goodness! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this post. I don't have kids but my husband has a "Lego Room" which is also our guest room for out of town visitors. We are constantly looking for ways to organize his collection!

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Jonathan said...

Hi! I saw your solution on Pinterest, and I had to visit your blog to comment. I was inspired by the exact same post on iheartorganizing, and I came up with a solution so very similar to yours. Yours looks great! I love the labels and the natural-colored Trofast. Really, it looks fantastic, and I'm glad to know someone else is enjoying what we're enjoying, because we love ours! Here's a link to what we did: http://www.ikeahackers.net/2012/03/trofast-frame-into-concealed-lego.html. (The baseplates I added to the top are not permanently glued, just stuck with sticky tack.)
Thanks for sharing your Lego solution on your blog! And sorry for the multiple comments, I was having trouble. :)
Amy

dclaypoole said...

How did you do the labels on the bins?

Unknown said...

Hi I am so glad I found this. I have a few questions was the cabinet you stored the legos in at ikea. I am organizing my sons toy room and the legos are a mountain. I bought some of the lego storage bins, but I might new quite a few. yours seems to hold more and makes more sense. It's also comforting to know many struggle with lego storage. I am to the point where i say stop buying legos until i get it under control. my email is shjump@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

Feature Friday - Lego bins is a nice post . I like it . Thanks for sharing this topics . For details lego storage and sorting unit .

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