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There must be an easier way of finding that crucial piece of Lego that doesn't involve searching through to huge boxes of assorted pieces.

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MilaMae Mon 31-Aug-09 21:12:01

Said piece was tiny and clear but even so dtwin 1 and I just spent half an hour searching.

Is there special storage you can buy?

What do you all use?

MamaG Mon 31-Aug-09 21:13:08

It's such a pita isn't it

MilaMae Mon 31-Aug-09 21:13:20

'Two' not 'to'

deaddei Mon 31-Aug-09 21:19:41

Walk round with bare feet and you're bound to stand on it (ouch)

ChiefFairyCakeMaker Mon 31-Aug-09 22:17:32

I haven't got one but someone once recommended one of those big plastic tool boxes that open out with lots of little compartment for screws and nails, which sounded ideal. You can get them fairly cheap from DIY stores.

IdrisTheDragon Mon 31-Aug-09 22:19:35

I'm sure I've seen some sort of lego sorter where you can separate the pieces by size.

Our method seems to be to have lots of lego in one large box and then finding the right part by accident. I don't recommend this method grin

IdrisTheDragon Mon 31-Aug-09 22:20:43

Here is the sorting thing. Have no idea if it works or helps but I suppose it might smile

FritesMenthe Mon 31-Aug-09 22:22:48

Our method is to spend £££ on fancy sets that the DC have drooled over for months, build them, wait for them to fall apart when played with, then chuck into the boxes with all the other broken dreams. That way, no part is ever crucial.

thisisyesterday Mon 31-Aug-09 22:24:24

i use divided plastic boxes from ikea. lego is all sorted according to shape and size.

it always stays that way. <snort>

ingles2 Mon 31-Aug-09 22:25:37

ds1 has lots of those little ikea storage boxes with different size drawers.
All the tiny coloured pieces go in one, white in another, wheels in another etc etc. They do work... ish. We have to have a big sort out once a year or so.

Yurtgirl123 Mon 31-Aug-09 22:30:21

That sorting box is fab idris

BUT it appears to cost $29 plus $31 shipping

Eek

themoon66 Mon 31-Aug-09 22:34:09

I glued the bastard castle together! That sorted that!

MilaMae Mon 31-Aug-09 22:39:42

I saw and drooled over that sorting box whilst googling- we sooooo need it/several but dp would leave me if I spent that plus postage.

Thanks for the Ikea tip,what section are those boxes in?Ashamed to say an excuse to buy more Ikea storage is actually quite an exciting prospect, especially storage with compartmentsblush

Yurtgirl123 Mon 31-Aug-09 22:50:53

ds has one something like this - one that used to be mine

He doesnt bother to keep it tidy though

ingles2 Tue 01-Sep-09 15:37:36

we have these ones Mila
There are various drawers you can get. We have 6 painted and stacked up, but then, ds1 has an awful lot of lego grin

thedolly Tue 01-Sep-09 15:43:51

We have a huge plastic tub that is not very deep (about 15cm) so it is fairly easy to sort through.

Storing lego in small compartments stifles creativity IMO.

bratley Tue 01-Sep-09 15:54:31

This site makes me go a bit light headed and fuzzy when I'm in an organising and storing mood! Lots of beautiful boxes

katylou25 Tue 01-Sep-09 16:05:37

oooh Bratley - why have I not seen that site beofre...

bratley Tue 01-Sep-09 16:16:01

You have now and thats all that matters! grin

They sell them in staples and rymans but they never have a very big selection, website is much better.

Buda Tue 01-Sep-09 16:29:47

The eternal question of lego storage!!

DH bought boxes from a DIY store that have little compartments in - 2 large and 2 small boxes. Lots of compartments. Lots of ways to store. Was a nightmare.

I bought this table and lots of Trofast boxes with lids from Ikea and store by colour. All the boxes fit on the shelf under the table or on the floor under the table. Table is kept clear for lego projects.

DH is dismayed. DS looks for a particular piece and we just have to search ONE box and not 4 with various compartments.

Works for me!

mustrunmore Tue 01-Sep-09 16:33:32

Ours is all stuffed into one drawer, because the boys just arent into lego anyway; dh got all excited and ordered shedloads through work, just because "I loved it as a child" hmm

FromGirders Tue 01-Sep-09 16:40:34

Yurtgirl - does the lid of that workbox open right up so it lies on the floor, or does it open partway so that it overbalances a lot? Have been looking at it on website,

MilaMae Tue 01-Sep-09 17:48:00

Bratley-that site!!!!!!!!!! Why haven't I seen it before, I thought I was a storage specialist(tiny house and 3 dc) shock

Look what has become of me-I can guarantee that 6 years ago I soooo would not be getting excited over a plastic box site.

I also loves Ingles wooden boxes as I could....... paint each one in a different colour and sort said Lego into the correct colour box. A painting project and storage with compartments all in one go- sadly excited emoticon!!!!!!!!

Also rather like Buda's coffee table idea as it would also solve the foot crunching,broken model wailing problem.

Have also had a thing for tool boxes such as those Yurt linked to,all of a dither now so many options. Many thanks all grin

bratley Tue 01-Sep-09 20:03:14

Doesn't that site make you go all giggly and lightheaded!? grin

I'm a bugger for organising DS's toys, I used to work in a nursery where everything was organised so its kind of in me now!
We've got two of these in the living room, they're fab. I'm one marker pen away from labelling them! blush
We're still on Duplo at the moment so the big boxes are good. Will no doubt have to rethink it all when the lego creeps in!

Yurtgirl123 Tue 01-Sep-09 23:14:15

Fromgirders - The one ds has was bought for me as a birthday gift 20 years ago (for my sewing stuff!!)
The lid on ours does lie flat on the floor yes - I have no idea about the one I linked to sorry

Its worth a try as an idea but as I say ds makes no effort to sort his lego so.......... I could just chuck it all in a box

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