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How Do You Organize Lego?

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#1 Offline turtleman

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Posted Nov 07 2013 - 05:49 PM

I was thinking of organizing my legos mainly my bionicle pieces. Currently I have my bionicles in 3 big bins, 2 small bins of minifigures, and then a trillion and a half unorganized bins of system bricks. How should I organize my bionicles? What way has worked out best for you guys who have organized legos, color? type? or something else?

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Posted Nov 07 2013 - 06:28 PM

I have a few sets of drawers.


In one set... I have two drawers for System lego - one for general parts, one for basic bricks and small most-useful pieces. I have one drawer for big bulky system/technic parts and wheels/tires. I have one drawer for the rest of my system


In the other set (which is like 3 sets stacked atop each other)... I have one drawer for black, one for silver, one for rare items like masks and translucent/multicolored parts, and 7-8 drawers that each have a couple colors in them, bunched together (I should really invest in actual separators).



Basically, I find it most useful to sort by color, with a place or two set aside for small, rare, or highly used parts.


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Posted Nov 07 2013 - 06:29 PM

I find colors the best way to organize the pieces.  All small parts, such as axles and connectors go in their own bin.

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Posted Nov 07 2013 - 06:50 PM

I organize my bionicle parts using a shelf of small bins. The parts are separated by type. Parts with ball joints in one bin, socket joints in another. Masks, heads, and feet together, same with weapons.

I also keep the axels and pins separate, because they're a pain to find when they're in a bin together.


Minifigs are in one bin together. (except for rare ones and personal favorites, kept on a shelf.)


I just keep all lego brick in a bin, I don't use them as much.

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Posted Nov 07 2013 - 08:27 PM

[font="Palatino;"]I have mind sorted by a complex system of part usage, with clear plastic drawers for the smaller parts and big bins for the large/odd bits. However, I've found that this kind of stifles creativity a bit - at least for me - so if I had to give advice to someone on their organization, I'd go by color all the way. Of course, the more useful small bits probably deserve their own areas because of frequent usage and lack of size, but this really comes down to your style of building and what you find yourself using. I've almost completely reworked my drawers as I realize that I'm using some parts more than others.[/font]

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Posted Nov 12 2013 - 07:50 AM

Off lately, I use to get irritated while finding my LEGO bricks. Most of the time use to go in finding the misplaced pieces. Few days before, I was buying 5695 Doctors for my niece from this online toy store in India -Yellow Giraffe. There while buying I checked there blog and I got a great idea of "Labeling" my Lego bricks. So from now, I have started labeling my bins with small bricks and big bricks separately. Mini figures are kept in another bin with its concerned labeling.

So for me it is all about Labeling! :)

Edited by charu0802, Nov 16 2013 - 01:29 AM.

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Posted Nov 12 2013 - 08:31 AM

Lately I've been working on sorting all the pieces available in LEGO Digital Designer, so all others are separate and I can make MOCs in plastic that I can easily then make in LDD too. (LDD Extended, of course.) Highly recommended. :) (Although that's best for System and Technic, not Bionicle, although HF would work... if I had any. :P)


Then I usually keep small parts separate from large parts. Like, pins and stuff. I've done it by color before too, but that proved too tedious IMO.

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Posted Nov 12 2013 - 11:08 AM

I still sort mine by set, because I remember which set has which part, and messing that up, should I need to find something, is massively irritating. 

Edited by fishers64, Nov 12 2013 - 11:09 AM.

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Posted Dec 02 2013 - 08:55 AM

I have bags by color for TECHNIC (excepting masks and heads, which have their own bags) and bins by part type for System.

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Posted Dec 13 2013 - 04:11 PM

I sort them by type(Technic, system, and duplo which i have no idea why I own it), but thats only how far organization goes. The rest is chaos, all Technic/bionicle in one bin, system in a couple, and duplo in two big bins.

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Posted Dec 31 2013 - 09:39 PM

I sort them by set, Small boxes for small, Larger boxes for Larger sets. I do that so if I want to rebuild a set, I can do it without looking for all the parts in the right color.
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Posted Jan 06 2014 - 12:20 AM

Mostly the stuff i Organized is really, really, really small, mostly because most of the time my brain don't know the means of Organizing. But right now i am trying to Organize my HF piece by armor and bones, then add-on armor and HF Weapon parts.

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Posted Jan 06 2014 - 03:27 PM

Very complexedly. In total, I probably have around thirty-five or so individual bins, plus smaller organization compartments, that I split pieces up into based on use or shape.

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Posted Jan 06 2014 - 05:38 PM

Very little. Okay, I often keep certain kinds of parts lazily separated (technic beams in this bin, minifigs in this bag,) but a lot of it is still just thrown together. Getting everything fully sorted out and neatly stored is going to be my project for the new year.
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Posted Jan 10 2014 - 03:41 PM

I have several storage-size boxes for my BIONICLE collection, divided by year. The Manas have their own smaller box. 2010 is boxed with 2009, and there's a separate box for the 2004-2006 Titan sets. I keep my 2007 and 2009 large sets in drawers, except for my 2007 Playsets and 08/09 Vehicles, which are on shelves because they're too big/fragile. My paltry Hero Factory collection (five sets) recently got promoted from a drawer to its own box. I keep my combiner models (I only have three, and they're small ones) with my two Slizer models in another drawer (the drawers above the one I keep unfinished sets, instructions manuals, and the Star Wars Buildable Galaxy Planets in).


My BIONICLE media is kept in a drawer (in the same dresser as my 07/09 large sets), except for the movies, which are on a shelf adjacent to my TV with my other DVDs. My CDs are kept on the shelf, too.


My Star Wars collection is what I keep on display, because, as LEGO System sets, they're too fragile to go in boxes. I have a small drawer where I keep things like Kanohi and other collectibles, the extra weapons and squids from the 2007 Playsets, extra clone headgear from Star Wars, and just miscellaneous stuff.


I legitimately worry I might have OCD sometimes.

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Posted Jan 12 2014 - 10:04 PM

I put my Bionicle pieces in bins that correspond with what type of piece goes in it ; Ex. feet in feet, sockets w/ sockets, that kind of simple stuff. My Lego bricks are all mixed up in a bin that also has Tyco and Mega Bloks in it. Fun.

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Posted Jan 14 2014 - 11:39 AM

For my sets that are in one piece, I keep them on a giant book shelf I have, for showing off.

Reject pieces and sets get tossed into my giant bin.

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Posted Feb 09 2014 - 01:26 AM

Most of my LEGO parts are organised in drawers or bins by design ID in my basement, though I have various boxes of assorted parts in my bedroom, mostly from sets I had built in my room but broke apart or I took apart.

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Posted Feb 09 2014 - 04:36 AM

I go old school and have in one tub hah. All my sets are built anyway. Not many spare parts.

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Posted Feb 09 2014 - 06:48 PM

One box, all Bionicles.

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Posted Feb 12 2014 - 09:27 PM

One box, all Bionicles.


Same exact thing here. although i plan to orginise it in quarter and galon zip bags. plus I have some lego parts mixed in.

btw Turtleman, If you want to make orginising easier if you have thousands of bricks i got a three step process on how to do it, orginise the parts by part catagory, then orginise them by actual part, then organise them by color, it might take a long time but it should be worth it when you build that next model.

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Posted Feb 17 2014 - 08:35 PM

I sold most of my system stuff, but my strategy with my Bionicle sets is: I have my random parts in one bin, incomplete figures in another, and complete sets either in a seperate bin or just lying around my bedroom.

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Posted Feb 20 2014 - 06:54 AM

For System pieces (spares), I have several containers with divisions. The pieces are sorted by type.

(I make a special case for certain sets where I keep their pieces in one container, in case I want to rebuild the original set again).

As for Bionicle/Technic pieces, I just have these large boxes for them. Some of them, though, are lying on my display shelf.


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Posted Feb 20 2014 - 12:07 PM

Action Figures parts are in one box, bricks in other. But I want to reunite parts to the sets.

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Posted Feb 20 2014 - 12:55 PM

Whenever, I have that certain OCD compulsion I organize all my parts by color, even putting red and blue pins in their respective colors, it just seems easier that way.  

Right now, however I just have all my BIONICLE part in a box a couple of feet behind me...


Lately I've been working on sorting all the pieces available in LEGO Digital Designer, so all others are separate and I can make MOCs in plastic that I can easily then make in LDD too. (LDD Extended, of course.) Highly recommended. :) (Although that's best for System and Technic, not Bionicle, although HF would work... if I had any. :P)


Then I usually keep small parts separate from large parts. Like, pins and stuff. I've done it by color before too, but that proved too tedious IMO.


This however, is a really great idea, and wish I had the space to do it.

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Posted Apr 01 2014 - 07:20 AM

In theory, I have my system pieces sorted into these boxes: 2-by-x bricks, 1-by-x bricks, plates, slopes, Technic, large pieces, 1 stud sized pieces, minifigs and accessories, vehicle pieces, and misc. It's pretty complicated, and is never fully sorted for any extended period of time. I definitely need some sort of sorting system because of my large collection, but probably a less complex one. I remember a product you could buy that sorted pieces by sifting them through multiple layers of holey boxes that organized them by size, so I might try to build a larger version of that.


My Bionicle pieces aren't sored at the time being, but I might do a simple system of ball joints, the c shaped things that attach to ball joints (what are those called?), weapons, and other.



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Posted Apr 01 2014 - 02:53 PM

Organize... LEGOs...? *looks at big communal box of plastic* 
I don't understand :P

My Bionicle/Technic box isn't exactly "organized" but I have several big zuplock bags of pieces that I dedicated to a particular MOC project, so I do have certain colors or certain type of pieces sorted into those, but for the most part I just dig for parts and hurt my hands in the process. It's all part of the fun :P

If I were to sit down and organize everything, I'd probably just isolate each color or similar colors. With Bionicle parts, I'd prolly have heads go on one place, feet in another, weapons and torsos and pins and y-sockets etc. I think a mix of tht would work best, similarly purposed parts sorted out and the rest of the miscellaneous stuff by color. 

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Posted Apr 01 2014 - 07:24 PM

I organize my Legos into 2 boxes.


One for Technic (Bionicle, HF. etc.) and one for bricks. But that doesn't mean it made my life easier. Sometimes pieces would wind up in the other box or a weird crossover would happen.

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Posted Apr 03 2014 - 11:38 AM

I'm a huge stickler for color consistency, and thus I sort pieces by color. As for containers, I use old yogurt containers. For system, however, I've been in the process of sorting by piece type, though a large part of my collection remains disorganized, so I can't really comment on the effectiveness of it.

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Posted Apr 03 2014 - 03:36 PM

Let's see now...


System parts - largely disorganized:

  • Four drawers: bulk of pieces; no pattern of arrangement.
  • One drawer: a bunch of small/interesting parts of which there are doubtless dozens others scattered throughout my other drawers.
  • One drawer: Exo-Force related parts and half-built Exo-Force sets
  • One drawer: half- and fully-built System MOCs and sets.
  • One bin: minifigs and their accessories.
  • Some sets on display on my dresser, some disassembled in their boxes, some disassembled completely.
  • Some other stuff floating around my room.

Bionicle/Technic parts - largely organized:

  • Thirty-six(?) bins: each holds a different part type. Some parts are grouped together by similarity of function.
  • One bin: half-assembled sets and MOCs.
  • One box: assembled MOCs that I never fully unpacked from Brickfair '13.
  • Other MOCs are on display on my dresser. Sets are either on display or disassembled.
  • Some other stuff floating around my room.


Boxes are mostly in my closet, canisters are mostly in my attic. I'm currently in the process of organizing my instructions, which will eventually be stored in sheet protectors in four(?) two-inch binders.

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Posted Aug 12 2014 - 05:47 PM

I always thought that organizing legos was overrated.


An old friend who had organized his lego parts into colors let me play with them when i was like five. 


He ended up hating me because I mixed some of them up :o


Now I have tons of friends and tons of unorganized legos and a extra OCD-bipolar girlfriend who leaves me every other month and bionicle is coming back in less than a year!


... as a mater of fact, maybe i should organize my legos.

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