The Best Way to Sort and Organize Lego

My 8-year-old son loves playing with Lego! However, it was getting harder and harder to sort through all of the pieces in the bins to find what he needed. I was desperate for a solution to organizing his Lego and I came across some inspiration from Jen at I Heart Organizing (LOVE her blog)!

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to organize his Lego and ultimately, after asking him some pertinent questions about how he likes to play with them, we both decided on a storage option that would work for him.

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The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego

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Some important questions I asked were:

Where do you want your Lego stored?
Seeing as how we have a 3-year-old toddler in the house who loves to get into everything, it made sense to keep his Lego Stored in his room in his closet.

Do you want to sort by color or shape?
He wanted to sort his Lego by shape; so after figuring this out, my next question was...

Which pieces do you want sorted into their own categories (blocks, flat pieces, etc.) and which pieces can we combine into a miscellaneous bin?
He really wanted a miscellaneous bin because he loves the word! So cute!

Do you want the smaller, specialty pieces (tires, gears, etc.) and people separated?
Yes.

Do you want to keep your Lego sets separated?
He has many different Lego sets and I wanted to know if he preferred to keep them separated or if the pieces could join the general population! He opted to keep most of them separate.

Do you use your instruction manuals?
Sometimes, but for the most part he builds from scratch.

Do you like to take the pieces apart after playing with them or do you like to display them?
Most of the time he takes his builds apart but sometimes he likes to display them for a short period.

Do you want your Lego train sets combined or kept separate?
He has two Lego train sets, and he chose to combine both sets.

How do you want to sort all of the small, specialty pieces in your Lego train sets?

The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego
Sorting Lego Bricks

Once I knew how he wanted to store his Lego, we then separated all of the pieces into their categories.

He wanted his Lego categories to include:
  • Bricks
  • Single Bricks
  • Flat Plates
  • Sloped Bricks
  • Lego Sets
  • Miscellaneous
  • Lego Trains
  • Engine Parts
  • Train Pieces
  • Train Tracks

After seeing how many pieces were in each category, I was then able to determine the size of the storage options needed.

Ultimately, I decided on two rolling, see-through drawer units; this way he can easily roll them in and out of the closet as he needs to. This was a bonus for me, as we already had two rolling drawer units in the house so I snagged those up! He can also take out the drawers and put them back in easily if he wants.
The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego

For the smaller, specialty pieces and his engine parts for his Lego trains, we decided divided containers would work best. For his Lego train parts, I used something like this one and it fit perfectly in the drawer. For his Lego people and specialty pieces, I used a larger one like this one.

The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego
Divided Container for Lego Train Engine Parts

The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego
Divided Container Fits Perfectly Inside Drawer

The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego
Divided Container for Lego People and Specialty Pieces (tires, gears, windows, etc.)

The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego
Divided Container for Lego People and Specialty Pieces (tires, gears, windows, etc.)

Since he doesn't use the instruction manuals much, I have opted to keep them in a see-through folder so he can easily access them if he needs to.

The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego
Lego Instruction Manual Storage

The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego
Lego Sets Organized and Stored in Ziploc Bags

As for his sets, he decided to keep them stored in large Ziploc bags in one of the drawers.

He does have a sorting bin for when he doesn't have time to sort and put pieces away after playing.

The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego
Lego Divided Further Into Two Bins Inside Drawer

I created the labels using Photoshop Elements, but you could easily make them in Microsoft Word as well! The labels are 1" x 5" and I used the Legothick font. I printed them on cardstock, cut each of them out, laminated them with a self-adhesive laminating sheet, and cut them out. I adhered them onto the drawers and bins using double-sided tape; the labels were the perfect size for the drawers!

The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego
Lego Labels

The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego
Lego Labels
What's interesting about this whole process, and surprised me, was that my son had an absolute BLAST organizing his Lego with me and he just LOVES organizing!

My heart goes a fluttering when I look into his closet and see all of his Lego organized!

What are your storage solutions for organizing and storing lego? I'd love to hear in the comments below or on Facebook or tag me on Instagram @scrapbooking_housewife!

I'd love it if you shared this on Pinterest! Thanks!

The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego
The Best Way to Sort & Organize Lego


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