Learn how to organize LEGOs with simple and inexpensive products to create a system that’s easy for the whole family. Plus, get a free printable to help organize LEGO instruction manuals!
They are everywhere. They hide between rug fibers, fall through heating vents, get stuck in the garbage disposal, and appear on nearly every surface of my home.
LEGOs are at once the bane of my existence and my favorite way to buy 30 minutes of relative peace on a Sunday afternoon.
That is until a sibling squabble sends colorful bricks and tiny yellow people flying into the air.
When LEGO pieces are all over the house, they are a hazard to my bare feet and pretty useless to my kids. It’s no fun for them to start working on a project only to realize the piece they desperately want to use is nowhere to be found.
There are loads of easy ways to organize LEGOs, but most of the options I found involve using power tools to create a DIY solution or sorting LEGOs by color.
I just want the damn LEGO mess off my floor and my kitchen counters. I don’t have time to build something fancy, and the mere thought of sorting hundreds of Legos by color gives me (more) gray hairs.
How to Organize LEGOs Once and For All
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How many times have you organized the playroom, only to have your efforts go to hell because no one (besides you) puts stuff back where it belongs? Chances are you organized based on your dream situation and not reality.
Dream: The kids play with the playroom and neatly sort all the LEGO pieces by color into color-coded bins.
Reality: The kids play with LEGOs everywhere, but mostly in my son’s bedroom and rarely in the playroom. My Lego-loving oldest has a hard time putting anything away, so it’s unrealistic to expect him to clean up extra pieces by color.
After more failed organization systems than I care to count, I recently realized this:
If you don’t organize with your family’s needs, desires, and abilities in mind, your system is doomed to fail.
Ask yourself these questions before you start organizing all the LEGO parts:
Where do your kids play with their Legos?
Where do they want to play with their Legos?
My son agreed that his bedroom is a sensible spot to store and organize Legos – at least the more “grown-up” sets (we put Duplo Legos in another spot – more on that later).Sick of stepping on Legos but can't bear the idea of sorting those tiny bricks? Try this instead.
The Best Way to Organize LEGOs Quickly
After asking both kids for their opinions, here’s how we now organize and store LEGOs at our house. It’s fast and easy!
Yep, that’s right. We’ve found that the best way to organize LEGOs is by barely organizing them.
His room is small, so I created my own LEGO storage box with a clear under-bed storage bin to contain the mess.
I went room to room gathering every single LEGO I could find and brought all of them upstairs to my son’s bedroom, and then sorted them into three categories based on what my son cares about:
- People and animals
- “Special” parts
- Everything else
Two small plastic bins keep the people/animals and small special parts separated from the jumble of other bricks and abandoned creations. My six-year-old and his four-year-old sister agreed that it’s ok to keep both of their LEGO sets together (sibling agreement is a wonderful and rare thing!).
How to Organize Duplo LEGOs
How to Organize LEGO Instruction Manuals
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Why This Lego Storage System Works
- There’s one spot in the house for each of the two major Lego types (regular bricks and Duplos), therefore everyone knows where to get the Legos, and where to put them away.
- The under-bed storage system is perfect for small spaces yet large enough to hold many Legos.
- Clean-up is easy since the kids sort pieces just three simple ways.
- The system is flexible. When the kids grow and want to organize Legos a different way, they have the freedom to do so.
LEGO Storage Ideas that will Control the Chaos
While we’re happy with our simple LEGO organizer, if you want to sort the bricks even more here are some additional storage options. Just click on an image to shop for the product.
Free Printable for LEGO Instruction Manual Organization
Organize LEGO manuals! Just paste this free printable on the cover of your Lego instruction manual binder, or slide it under the binder’s plastic cover.
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LEGO Organization that Lasts
It’s such a relief to know that all their building bricks have a home, instead of fifteen half-empty storage bins and broken cardboard Lego boxes all over the house! Because we organize Legos in a simple way, the whole family can easily help maintain the system.
Are you ready to round up the bricks and save your bare feet from further injury? Tell me how you control the toy chaos in the comment section below!