A reader question: “Any tips for millions of Legos in a very small, and confined space?”
That’s a tough one, because the best way to save on toy storage space in small spaces is to go with wall mounted solutions. However, a ton of Legos can be heavy. That means wall-mounted shelving (in most cases) is out. One, it could wreak the wall, two your kids will never be able to lift a heavy box off a wall shelf, it’s dangerious.
After wall storage, the next biggest Lego space saver is to have smaller boxes stacked on already present shelving units, or stacked inside a closet.
As an overall Lego storage tip, you could go with compartment boxes, but my money is on your kid almost never sorting Legos by color or type. Kids like to toss and go. That said, open bins are fine.
At my house, we use a big fat plastic bin with handles on each end. We can easily pick it up and carry it around and it fits under Cedar’s little table in his room. It has a lid, but Legos are a daily event at my house so we put the lid away in a closet.
Following are some Lego storage ideas…
If you’ve got no floor space, but do have a lower shelf that can hold boxes – say a bookcase:
Obviously you can use literally any sort of box on a shelf, although it helps if it’s light enough for a child to lift, and has handles. One nice idea is to use one of the heavier mobile file boxes you see at office supply stores. These have heavy lids but fit on most bookshelves.
Translucent Tote Boxes – stackable heavy vinyl over a metal frame, plus each box features a reinforced bottom for added strength.
BOX4BLOX – this one self sorts bricks by size!
The $2.00 cardboard box – that’s right, I said it. I’ve got no issues with using this sort of storage when necessary. I’ve seen kids seriously crack and break $30 plastic boxes. if you’re just going to pull it off a shelf once in a while, why not use a $2 solution. Bonus – this doubles as a child art project (let your kid color it) and it’s totally recyclable.
If you want your Legos to move easily out of sight when needed:
Use hard shell suitcases – they slide right under a bed or fit slimly in a closet. The rub of old hard case suitcases is that they’re tough to find new. Most stores carry bags now. However, check your local thrift store or garage sales – I bet someone you know has an old suitcase they never use.
Guidecraft Moon & Stars Storage Unit – I like that this one offers smaller easy to carry boxes, but that they store altogether. Also it’s mobile so easy to move.
If you’ve got a free living room corner:
If you’ve got some room or lots of room to spare:
LEGO Multi Table – Small or Large – play station that also holds the bricks.
If your kids don’t have too many Legos:
LEGO Play Wall 2 piece set – one of the very few wall solutions for Legos. Very cool, and it looks like fun – you can make Lego numbers and letters.
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