If you have kids in your home, chances are, you probably have Legos in your home too. If I can give you one piece of advice, it would be to think about how you are going to organize and store them, before you buy that first box. Also, no matter how organized you are, be prepared to "assist" in the organizing and re-organizing of said Legos too.
In my attempt to make my boys a little more responsible with their Legos, and give them a say in the organizing system they were going to use, I asked their opinions on how they would like to organize them. We decided to sort by color, because that's what made the most since for how they play; there are others who organize by brick size/type, or even others who keep each kit separately organized.
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Conveniently the plastic 3-drawer organizers we used fit perfectly into the cubicle shelving unit we already owned. As you can see, each color gets its own drawer, although some colors get two drawers since we have so many, but we did still manage to have a couple of open drawers available too. We also have all the mini-figure pieces/parts/accessories in one drawer as well.
One of my all-time favorite auction finds was this vintage printers tray. All the little cubbies make it a perfect display space for mini-figures, and it also keeps them easily within reach. Don't be afraid to think outside the box a little bit for your storage and display needs, sometimes the most unlikely items can be just what you need for your space.
We had to make sure that there was plenty of display space available too. The boys know that they can only display as many finished projects as they have room for (although they have a hard time following this rule). This keeps all of the half-finished projects a little more under control.
With all of these Legos also comes all of their building manuals. We have found that it's just easier to keep them in a couple of scrapbook paper boxes*, they are easy to access and mostly neatly contained.
This organizing and display system has worked out well the in the boys shared playroom/study, and they do pretty okay at keeping neat, but occasionally my OCD kicks in and I have to get the color organizing back under control! I just can't take it when the colors are all mixed together, tell me I'm not the only one!
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