Who doesn’t love Lego? Those little colored bricks hold endless possibilities. We know that playing with Lego helps kids develop spatial reasoning and creative thinking, and with all the cool kits out there, you can create your own world. But who doesn’t hate the feeling of stepping on a stray Lego brick? Who doesn’t sigh at the thought of trying to corral all those bright building blocks? Read on for 10 of the best Lego storage ideas to keep your kid’s (or your) collection tidy.
Plastic drawer units. A simple plastic drawer unit is a great way to store you Lego. Depending on the size of the collection, you can choose units with many shallower drawers or just a few deep ones. Some even come on casters so they can be rolled out of sight when playtime is over. You can sort different types, colors, or sizes of bricks into their own drawers, or keep sets together.
Plastic totes with locking lids. Totes with locking lids are also a great idea for Lego storage. You can get many different sizes, and you can get bins that are small enough for the kids to lift and put away themselves. The locking lids will also help prevent spills. These totes can be stacked on shelves, stashed under the bed, or stacked in a closet — or just lined up neatly along a wall.
Shelves with sliding tubs. There are a number of these types of units on the market. Some have trays or tubs that slide in flat, which others have containers that enter at an angle, making it easy to reach in for what you want. These units allow you to sort your bricks in whatever way makes sense to you and your child. If you choose a unit with a flat top, you also get some surface space for play or other uses.
Tackle boxes. An old-fashioned tackle box provides you with lots of compartments for small Legos and accessories. This is another solution for taking Legos on the go. The lid, when folded back, also provides you with a little play surface. Toolboxes that have compartments the fold down or in can also be a good option here.
Train cases. They’re not just for make-up! Much like a tackle box, a train case offers lots of compartments and packs a lot of storage into a small space. You can find them in cute colors, too. Best of all, a train case will have a larger bottom compartment for bigger items, but even when full it’s light and easy to carry.
Plastic buckets with lids. It’s low-tech, but plastic buckets with lids are a simple, stackable way to store your Legos. Choosing clear buckets and sorting your bricks by color makes it easy for your little people to find what they want to play with easily. You can add cute labels if you want, or choose colored buckets and color-code.
Foldable drawstring playmat. It won’t keep your Legos sorted and organized, but a foldable drawstring playmat will make it easy to pick those bricks up off the floor when playtime is over. Even the tiniest pieces will stay on the mat when its drawn together. Best part? It turns into a storage bag!
Rolling cart with sorting trays. A rolling cart is another great idea for easily stashable Lego storage. You can either use the trays as they are, or fit smaller sorting trays or totes into the cart. Choosing sorting trays or bins with lids — are you sensing a theme? — helps to prevent spills should you have a cart tipping incident.