It finally happened.
After 7 years.
Phil allowed me to organize his Lego!
This makes me incredibly happy. When we got married, Phil’s mom shipped out all of his childhood stuff – the most important boxes were filled with the complete series of Hardy Boys in hardcover and Lego, lots and lots of Lego. When we first got this all it overwhelmed me, we were just settling into our house didn’t have much extra space and it wasn’t high on the list to deal with. But soon I started getting the itch to organize his Lego. In my opinion if its at least organized in the boxes, should we need it, it’s easily accessible, if its just chaos and we don’t know what’s what, then it seems like a bit of wasted space. About 5 years ago I needed some Lego for a class project while finishing my degree, knowing we had a lot at home, I knew I could supply it. The boxes came out of storage and I sorted out what I needed. Once I was done, I suggested we could get some storage containers that would better suit Lego and then we could leave it in the house and actually use it from time to time, Phil wasn’t on board, so back to storage it went.
Fast forward to now. Many of our nieces and nephews and young kids in our life are getting to the age where they love playing with Lego. A few months ago, I mentioned that Phil has SOOO much Lego <insert big eyes here>, little people were so excited at the mention of that. So, it was time to start talking about getting the Lego organized that we would be able to let the kids play with it when they were over, but keeping it organized that pieces aren’t lost or chaotic. (Not only is this Phil’s Lego collection, but some of the pieces belonged to his dad when he was little, so its quite neat!)
Let me tell you, when I was a kid I didn’t have much Lego, loved Duplo, but then moved to PlayMobile, never was into Lego so really have no concept of the quantity that Phil had and how long it really would take. Phil with a smirky grin on his face brought up all the boxes. I was naive and excited at this point!
Like I said, I was naive, I had no idea how long this would actually take for me to sort it. 10hrs later I was done, sorted by color, technic, accessories, 1×1 (apparently they are hard to find otherwise), and our peeps.
Next, I needed to order our shelves from Ikea. I went with the Trofast system that Jen over at iheart organizing used. I read quite a few reviews and everyone who used this system for Lego seemed really happy. So, I added everything to my cart $100 for 2 shelving units & 10 bins…. wait…. shipping was going to be $70, ugh! Now to rethink this. I put a shout out on Facebook and was grateful when a friend of mine told me about the Ferry Godmother who travels to and from Ikea and will deliver, I contacted her and it was meant to be. She was shopping on the 17th and would have it here on the 18th – and it cost me $25! YAHOO!
Yesterday my shelves arrived and everything came together!! Phil made a joke about “Lego rules”, and I decided it was actually kind of funny, so I made a sign that is displayed on the shelves. Rules are: 1. Phil’s the Boss, 2. Don’t lose the Lego, 3. Refer to rules 1 & 2, & 4. HAVE FUN!
I was tossed up on whether or not I would label the boxes, but decided to go with Martha Stewart chalkboards and used my chalkmarkers to label them. I think it turned out great!
Now it’s time to play with all the Lego – I think kids (big & little) will love this! Let the creativity begin!