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Sorting lego containers Help

reboot530reboot530 Morrisville paMember Posts: 4
I have been sorting my legos by part.  I bought a container that has drawers but I would need a lot of them for the amount of legos I have.   I am limited in space.  Any suggestions on what I should get?   I want a drawer for each part and noticed that some of my 1 x 1 parts are in two to three drawers.   Please help with any suggestions.  I also want to be able to expand if I get more of the same parts.  
Thanks Aaron

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  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,242
    Better for small to medium collections can be to sort by colour or part only, so all 2x4 bricks or all red elements of any type.  You might also want to look at the storage guide produced by @henrysunset which you can find here:

    https://brickarchitect.com/guide/

    mak0137thenos
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 388
    I sort by part initially, then, if I run out of space in that particular drawer, by colour within the part. I often combine colours rather than waste space sorting them individually. Maybe browns/greens/tan in one drawer, dark/light grey and black in another and so on.
    OldfanBumblepants
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,422
    Start with reading the classic "Evolution of Lego Sorting" post 
    https://forum.brickset.com/discussion/comment/526117#Comment_526117

    This thread has some helpful hints
    https://forum.brickset.com/discussion/205/the-sorting-methodology-thread/p1

    And the brickarchitect.com site suggested above by @TheOriginalSimonB is a huge help, especially the drawer labels.
    LittleLoriAstrobricks
  • DeMontesDeMontes North YorkshireMember Posts: 489
    Imagine looking for a red 2x2 Brick in a box of Red parts or looking for a Red 2x2 Brick in a box of 2x2 Bricks...that helps focus the mind on Huw's point ;-)
    SumoLegoLittleLoriBaby_YodaSprinkleOtterterfstenMooreFX
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 3,379
    DeMontes said:
    Imagine looking for a red 2x2 Brick in a box of Red parts or looking for a Red 2x2 Brick in a box of 2x2 Bricks...that helps focus the mind on Huw's point ;-)
    Or even a red 1x1 plate in such a box...
    DeMontesSprinkleOtterterfsten
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,171
    DeMontes said:
    Imagine looking for a red 2x2 Brick in a box of Red parts or looking for a Red 2x2 Brick in a box of 2x2 Bricks...that helps focus the mind on Huw's point ;-)
    Or even a red 1x1 plate in such a box...
    Change the color to black and you have the ultimate nightmare.
    SprinkleOtterterfsten
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 331
    DeMontes said:
    Imagine looking for a red 2x2 Brick in a box of Red parts or looking for a Red 2x2 Brick in a box of 2x2 Bricks...that helps focus the mind on Huw's point ;-)
    Or even a red 1x1 plate in such a box...
    Change the color to black and you have the ultimate nightmare.
    Now imagen the box to also be black. And compartimented at 6x6x6 cms.

    that’s my situation at the moment. In transition to a system with sorting by part and using ziplocks for now. Looking for a decent drawer-based system.
    SprinkleOtterterfstenBaby_Yoda
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,171
    eMJeeNL said:
    DeMontes said:
    Imagine looking for a red 2x2 Brick in a box of Red parts or looking for a Red 2x2 Brick in a box of 2x2 Bricks...that helps focus the mind on Huw's point ;-)
    Or even a red 1x1 plate in such a box...
    Change the color to black and you have the ultimate nightmare.
    Now imagen the box to also be black. And compartimented at 6x6x6 cms.
    And the lights are off ;)
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 668
    And you're blind.


    With no fingers.
    SprinkleOttermak0137
  • MrShinyAndNewMrShinyAndNew Member Posts: 238
    Sort by colour AND part. Each element type in its own compartment in a larger box of a single colour. If you build things that use specific colours, you'll want easy access to all the parts in that colour. Otherwise to build something in a given colour you need to open ALL your containers.
    MooreFXdmcc0msanders
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,491
    And you're blind.


    With no fingers.
    I suppose the black tiles will have to be coated with pepper, and white tiles with salt...
  • MooreFXMooreFX CaliforniaMember Posts: 71
    Sort by colour AND part. Each element type in its own compartment in a larger box of a single colour. If you build things that use specific colours, you'll want easy access to all the parts in that colour. Otherwise to build something in a given colour you need to open ALL your containers.
    That is what we do too.  We use stacking Plano fishing tackle boxes.  I started using them in the 1990's, when our collection was small.  I sorted by type then, and my son switched everything to color 10 years later.  His sorting works better than mine, and our Lego room looks nicer too.
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 668
    @msanders - for a moment i thought someone had posted a picture of my shelving unit. I guess we aren't the first people to put Ninjago City on top of that unit though.

    Until recently Ghostbusters HQ was where Apocalypseburg now is. I was wondering if anyone has turned this unit on its side and removed one of the (currently vertical) inner panels to allow for a much taller model (i.e. GBHQ) to fit into the now double-height compartment.
    pxchrismsandersmadforLEGOgmonkey76Baby_Yoda
  • Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 1,015
    ^I've seen mods people have made in order to store boardgames so I'd be very surprised if no one's done it for Lego
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,231
    did I spot the disney castle of orthanc?
    Astrobricksmsanders
  • msandersmsanders Member Posts: 887
    Fauch said:
    did I spot the disney castle of orthanc?
    Yes you did! I think I posted it on this forum (somewhere) some time ago. Check out the flickr album:

    https://flic.kr/s/aHsm44qFSh

    A number of new pieces have since been released with recolours (mainly in sand green) that I have begun substituting so the Castle is forever evolving. 


    thenosstlux
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 865
    I was wondering if anyone has turned this unit on its side and removed one of the (currently vertical) inner panels to allow for a much taller model (i.e. GBHQ) to fit into the now double-height compartment.
    We have done it on a 2x4 unit having the double running horizontally (So unit sitting tall) and it's easy enough as long as your double height one is on the edge.  
    Brainslugged
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 274
    I was wondering if anyone has turned this unit on its side and removed one of the (currently vertical) inner panels to allow for a much taller model (i.e. GBHQ) to fit into the now double-height compartment.
    We've done that, but not for Lego - we put in one of those extending wardrobe poles and use it as a place to hang my little girl's dresses. It's easy enough to do, you get a couple of holes left where the dowels would usually be but they're easy to cover. Plenty high enough for a tall model!
    Brainslugged
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