Lego is my absolute favorite toy—it engages my children better than any other toy. Since becoming a Lego Mom, I have realized the importance of organizing Lego to keep those tiny bricks at bay. When the Lego is organized, and there is a clear play space, my kids are far more likely to build. I researched a lot of options for organizing Lego to find the best one for our family.
Brilliant Solutions for Organizing Lego
Consider these questions before organizing your Lego:
What Space Will House Your Lego?
The storage method you choose will depend on the space you have available. If you are short on space, consider a dresser or shelves that store vertically. Buckets under the bed also work well. If space is not limited, you might set up a whole Lego table with built-in storage.
Are Your Kids Still Collecting Lego?
If you expect more Lego will be coming for birthdays and Christmas, make sure your organization plan takes that into account. Leave some space in buckets for future pieces, or room on the shelf for new acquisitions.
How Will You Sort Your Lego?
You can sort by colour (my personal favourite), by type of brick or by sets. If you are in the early stages of your Lego collection, a single bucket might hold your collection just fine.
Is Your Organizing System Realistic?
Do your kids like to have pieces organized so they can find particular ones quickly? Would they do better with storage that is not as specialized? We sort ours by colour, but also have a box labelled “random pieces” for those rushed tidy up times.
Here is my Organizing Lego Roundup from the true Lego experts—parents.
DIY Lego Play Tray
Containing the LEGO just got easier. Build this tray to fit a Lego baseplate. Personalize with the builder’s name for a gift idea.
Hideaway Lego Tray
This tray gives kids a place to play with their Lego, and it tucks away neatly when it’s time to tidy up. Clever design allows it to also function as an ottoman games table.
DIY Lego table and basket
Brilliant re-purposing of older furniture you might find at thrift shops. An inviting work space with bricks tucked into the basket.
Lay N Go Mat
Lay flat for a play surface – pull up the drawstring for a quick tidy up. My only regret is that I didn’t invent this myself!
Keep Building Later Buckets
Every system should allow for a quick tidy so builders can return to projects later. Love this mom’s solution – each child has a numbered bucket they can return to.
DIY Wall Storage
A cozy Lego nook that combines buckets on the wall, with a small play space. Works well if the Lego collection has not yet reached quadruple digits.
Do you think your husband would notice if you took over his tool box? Watch garage sales or Kijiji for a tool box to organize your Lego collection. Also a funky décor item for older Lego builders.
Pinterest Worthy Storage
IKEA Trofast frames with simple white bins display colour coded buckets in a fun way. Makes me want to have a sorting party.
Lego mini figures displayed as works of art, ready to be played with.
Adjustable Height Lego Table
Look carefully at how this mom re-purposed 3 IKEA Trofast tables into a Lego table that adjusts for height as your little builders grow. Another double-sided board that can serve many purposes.
A vintage option on casters that can roll from room to room. Upcycling at its finest.
This takes “using vertical space” to a whole new level. Unique play area that is sure to thrill builders.
IKEA Expedit units (available in many colours and sizes) store small containers with pieces and display larger creations.
Takes up very little space, light on the budget, and accessible for little hands. Suits those who are just starting their collection.
The options for organizing Lego are endless. I hope this roundup will provide your family with inspiration to keep those bricks where they belong. This in turn will inspire the kids to create because they can find what they are looking for.
What Lego organizing idea will you try?