If you've been reading this blog or my old Brick Star blog from my LEGO days, you will know that we are a LEGO family. Long before our son turned 3 he started to play with "big boy" LEGO and with our help he has amassed his own collection. This past weekend, he finally graduated from his miscellaneous bins and hand me down drawers and moved into his own organized LEGO Model Shop.
Hubby purchased a few different sizes of plastic Sterilite Drawer containers in various sizes and arranged them to sit in front of an unused fire place in our playroom. (We live in California and have a baby and a toddler!)
The Sterilite Drawers are great because they are clear, modular, stackable, and the drawers slide in and out easily. I know there are others on the market but I like the sizes of these especially the 3 Drawer Mini and 3 Drawer Wide. The others are 5 Drawer units in two different sizes that worked perfecty for us. We got ours at Walmart, but you can also get them on Amazon and Target.com
He sorted the LEGO into logical types, 2x bricks, 1x bricks, 1x plates, 2x plates, clips, minifigures, tiles, slopes, inverted slopes, rounds, 1x plates, 2x plates, clips, wheels, etc. but you can basically separate whatever you have a lot of.
We haven't fully decorated the playroom, yet. We have been choosing bright colors, kids art, and toys to decorate with. It freaks me out when you go into a house and you can't tell that kids live there or there are NO toys in the family room. That will never happen here. We choose to hang out as a family in the playroom. and LEGO is something that we all bond over so far.
Plus we're creative and impulsive and trying to take out all of this LEGO stored in a bedroom or closet somewhere to build something from the tip your imagination ruins the fun of it.
So far, we haven't gotten too messy but the boy is still young and is sticking to putting minifigures together and putting custom made weapons in their hands. I can't wait to see what is next!