All Sorted Ep 31: All Sorted

 

On a tidy episode of All Sorted, Jeff and James:

Discuss how Jeff finally became All Sorted

Google “Sorting LEGO” and you will get 1,050,000 results, so there is a lot of advice out there. Here are the links I took my inspiration from:

  • Great review of what you can use to store your LEGO, and the pros and cons of different systems.
  • The posting that convinced me to stack my basic bricks and plates to make them a lot easier to find, and to take up less room.

Break-down how Jeff’s collection got broken down

A lot of small parts needed small storage:

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  • Mastercraft 60-Drawer Plastic Parts Cabinet
    • Canadian Tire has been selling these for decades, so I know when I need another one (and I will), it will be available to me.
    • Also – don’t pay full price, it will be on sale eventually as Canadian Tire likes to rotate the sales around on the Mastercraft items.
    • If you are not lucky enough to live in Canada, Stack-On, Homak, and many others all make similar items. Just make sure you get something you can add to in the future.
    • BONUS – always go into Canadian Tire after Christmas to pick-up the LEGO sets they brought in for the holidays and are now selling for half price.

Larger items need larger storage:

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  • I went with some clear, stackable boxes from Storables
    • Transparent so it’s easy to see what’s inside. Cheap, yet sturdy
    • Each lid is a tray with rounded bottom. whether I’m sorting out a LEGO haul, or building a set, it’s been awesome to be surrounded by easy access trays.

Label Everything!

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  • I went with a Colour-Code system, and a label.
    • Colour-Code allows me to only look at bins that have what I’m looking for in them.
    • Label tells me what’s inside.

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Celebrate how much better Jeff’s life is now that he’s All Sorted, and can find the parts he needs quickly and easily… as long as he never buys any more LEGO…

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Finally, If you have been struggling with an out of control LEGO collection and have any questions, let us know in the comments, or hit me up on twitter, I will forever be: @StillSorting.

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