These are so hard to keep tidy, aren’t they? Here are our best tips for organizing Legos.
* Your Lego system will require 3 places: a place to build the Lego sets, a place to store the Lego sets once they are made, and a place to store loose Legos. If you are struggling to keep Legos under control in your house, it’s likely because you are missing one or more of these places.
* The place to build the Lego sets can be as simple as the floor of your child’s room or a table in the basement. Just someplace where it won’t be a terrible nuisance if the Legos are left out from time to time.
* We like designating a couple of shelves or the top of a bookcase or dresser for storing the completed Lego sets. If you have a prolific Lego builder, you can decide whether you want to let this be a natural limit on how many put-together sets they can have out at one time. Or you can decide to buy a separate bookcase for displaying more sets.
* Storing loose Legos is often the most challenging part of organizing Legos. But it doesn’t have to be! Many parents make the mistake of micro-organizing Legos into many categories. If your child can’t maintain that level of organization, then you will always be the one stuck putting all the Legos away.
* Instead, it’s better to sort Legos into a few broad categories. For example, Legos could be sorted by size into small, medium and large Legos. Sure, that might mean it takes longer for your child to find the Lego they are looking for, but many children don’t mind this part of building Legos. And it will make it so much easier and faster for them to put their Legos away.
* Finally, we encourage parents to not buy more Legos than their child can handle. Are your kids routinely not putting their Legos away even after you have worked with them to implement these organizing systems? Then they are telling you by their behavior that they cannot handle the collection that they have, so it’s best to stop buying more. You can always help them sell unwanted Lego sets at a local Bricks and Minifig or online.
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