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How to sort. Or what to use, at least.
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Quoting Brady G
Okay, so I've decided I finally have accumliated enough bricks to begin sorting. But how they hey may I do it?
Before, I've used small plastic... Lab cuppey-things to sort small quantities of useful bricks, I've got my minifigs in a pencil case, and the rare pieces in a Crest Whitestrips container. (0.0")
I've made larger quantities of bricks and plates into small cubes, And the 12 hundred studs some of you saw earlier has quadrupled and is stored on the bedside table.

But really, what kind of containers should I be using? Unlike lord Kelso, I don't have access to a seprate room lined with professional... Uh, garage organizers, by the looks of it.

Who was it again, who used ziploc bags? Young?
I've got plenty of those, but no proper bins to store them in. My fingers are sick of digging in huge bins, no doubt I'm doing something wrong.

I'm pretty sure you can build and program a mindstorms set to sort them by color...
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| January 23, 2010, 5:19 pm
Quoting Doctor Sushi
I'm pretty sure you can build and program a mindstorms set to sort them by color...
Are you serious? or was that a joke?

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| January 23, 2010, 5:39 pm
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I deleted a couple of comments because they were off topic for this thread. Moving on...

Brady, when I first started sorting (regardless of "how" you go about it. By color or by part or whatever) I went to the dollar store and picked up a bunch of shoebox sized plastic boxes. (seen on the right side in this pic here with the blue tops http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=154746&id=/user_images/10716/12580654112)

You pick up ten or twelve of them for under 15 bucks and you can start sorting with your own system. The beauty of these shoeboxes is that they stack on top of each other so you save space that way. For your smaller parts, they also have "glad lock" type containers. I think there's 3 in a box for a buck. You see I've been putting jumper plates in one of mine. They have tops as well, but I took it off for the pic http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=154746&id=/user_images/10716/12580653614

Where I'm going with this is, you don't have to spend a fortune to start getting sorted. I still use every one of those dollar store boxes that I picked up. Hope that helps start you out.

After you get your "boxes" issue sorted out, I'll get you some links to a whole bunch of AFOL pages that are about how they sorted their collection so you can decide which way works best for you.
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| January 23, 2010, 7:04 pm
I've been using such things as cottage cheese and butter containers, plastic coffee cans, etc. Real cheapo, but utile. Of course, I'm going to be swtiching to those shoeboxes and those flat snaplock compartment boxes because my collection is starting to overflow the containers I've got. I don't have enough yet to warrant getting the large bins, but someday....
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| January 23, 2010, 7:13 pm
Quoting robert ball
plastic coffee cans, etc.

Me too! The only draw back is the smell. *wrinkles nose*
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| January 23, 2010, 7:35 pm
Quoting Jake H.
Me too! The only draw back is the smell. *wrinkles nose*


I know what you mean. All my larger pieces smell like mocha java now.
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| January 23, 2010, 7:38 pm
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Quoting robert ball

I know what you mean. All my larger pieces smell like mocha java now.


MMmmmmm.... Mocha Java. I'd KILL for my bricks to smell that good. You see, my "Lego room" also happens to be the "cat box" room... I'll leave you all to ponder what that's like.

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| January 23, 2010, 7:50 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

MMmmmmm.... Mocha Java. I'd KILL for my bricks to smell that good. You see, my "Lego room" also happens to be the "cat box" room... I'll leave you all to ponder what that's like.


Been there. I KNOW what that's like! You have my complete sympathies.
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| January 23, 2010, 7:53 pm
Quoting Brady G
Okay, so I've decided I finally have accumliated enough bricks to begin sorting. But how they hey may I do it?
Before, I've used small plastic... Lab cuppey-things to sort small quantities of useful bricks, I've got my minifigs in a pencil case, and the rare pieces in a Crest Whitestrips container. (0.0")
I've made larger quantities of bricks and plates into small cubes, And the 12 hundred studs some of you saw earlier has quadrupled and is stored on the bedside table.

But really, what kind of containers should I be using? Unlike lord Kelso, I don't have access to a seprate room lined with professional... Uh, garage organizers, by the looks of it.

Who was it again, who used ziploc bags? Young?
I've got plenty of those, but no proper bins to store them in. My fingers are sick of digging in huge bins, no doubt I'm doing something wrong.
Since I do not have good containers/drawers, I use PAB cups and occasionally Ziploc bags if I'm desperate.
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| January 23, 2010, 8:24 pm
Quoting Brady G
Okay, so I've decided I finally have accumliated enough bricks to begin sorting. But how they hey may I do it?
Before, I've used small plastic... Lab cuppey-things to sort small quantities of useful bricks, I've got my minifigs in a pencil case, and the rare pieces in a Crest Whitestrips container. (0.0")
I've made larger quantities of bricks and plates into small cubes, And the 12 hundred studs some of you saw earlier has quadrupled and is stored on the bedside table.

But really, what kind of containers should I be using? Unlike lord Kelso, I don't have access to a seprate room lined with professional... Uh, garage organizers, by the looks of it.

Who was it again, who used ziploc bags? Young?
I've got plenty of those, but no proper bins to store them in. My fingers are sick of digging in huge bins, no doubt I'm doing something wrong.


I'm in the same boat you're in! With me, I went to Wal Mart to get my containers. For small parts, look in the 'beadery' section of the store (you know, the arts and crafts and jewelry making area of the store.) For the other parts' It's like what Overlord Phipson said, get $1 - $2 containers for parts you have vast quantities of. Drawers for flat plates are always nice; and my favorite are the 5 drawer organizers for seven dollars. It all depends on if you (or your parents) are willing to spend money on it. In sorting my stuff, I've spent over $100 in containers, but that expense is overshadowed by the fact that the storage you purchase now will help you in every one of your mocs. Why sort? Here's my opinion:
1) In building, most of your time is spent on finding the right parts. While sorting may take a while to find the parts you need to sort, the end justifies the means.
2)You can save yourself alot of cleanup time if you know exactly where the part you're looking for is; that way you don't have to dump out a bin looking for a single yellow cheese slope.
3)It looks more professional to anyone who looks at your collection.

You may have to spend $ to sort your stuff, but it will pay off in the end.
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| January 23, 2010, 8:59 pm
Quoting Brian peczyna
Quoting Doctor Sushi
I'm pretty sure you can build and program a mindstorms set to sort them by color...
Are you serious? or was that a joke?

They can sort a red giant plastic ball from a blue giant plastic ball, I'm pretty sure.
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| January 23, 2010, 9:27 pm
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Quoting Doctor Sushi
They can sort a red giant plastic ball from a blue giant plastic ball, I'm pretty sure.


Talk to Kelso about giant blue...


Never mind. Anyone else got any advice for Brady?
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| January 23, 2010, 10:33 pm
I have several methods. First off, I would reccomend getting shelving for your bins. I love having the little three drawer organizers. I used these for colors; I sorted them into the three drawers by 1 by x bricks, 2 by x bricks, and plates. I have several little cases that open like a laptop and have little dividers (do you know what I mean?) Anyways, I also have two of the big 39 drawer " garage organizers " sitting on my desk. I am about half way organized. I will soon post pictures of what is sorted and what is left to be sorted.
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| January 23, 2010, 10:53 pm
Quoting Jordan Lee
I have several methods. First off, I would reccomend getting shelving for your bins. I love having the little three drawer organizers. I used these for colors; I sorted them into the three drawers by 1 by x bricks, 2 by x bricks, and plates. I have several little cases that open like a laptop and have little dividers (do you know what I mean?) Anyways, I also have two of the big 39 drawer " garage organizers " sitting on my desk. I am about half way organized. I will soon post pictures of what is sorted and what is left to be sorted.


39 Drawers. Uh, what are the approximate dimensions of these organizers? They sound like a good thing to have. I was going to go for those utility organizers with the slide out drawers (which can be partitioned).
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| January 24, 2010, 2:59 am
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Quoting Chris Phipson

MMmmmmm.... Mocha Java. I'd KILL for my bricks to smell that good. You see, my "Lego room" also happens to be the "cat box" room... I'll leave you all to ponder what that's like.


HAHAHAHAHAHA...*gasp...HAHAHAHAHAHA!

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| January 24, 2010, 6:23 am
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My bit of advice isn't oriented so much on what particular storage method to use, but more on taking a look at your collection as it is, and then making some predictions about it's future...

When all of us sort we are, more often than not, playing "catch up" with the amount of Lego in our collection. The reason I spent the time and money on a massive storage arrangement early on, was because I knew that eventually I would need that much storage space, and I didn't want to have to constantly be updating, changing, rearranging, and playing catch up with my volume of pieces.

So with this in mind, my thought is to imagine what you (realistically) hope to have in a year or two (perhaps even longer), and base your decision upon that.

By the way, it doesn't mean that you have to spend a fortune. I use ziplock bags ENDLESSLY to sort, and they're fantastic. They're cheap, ubiquitous, transparent (which is handy), come in many sizes, and are easy to move around. If you don't care about the look of your storage units, you can simply use cardboard boxes and ziplock bags.

Anyway, my main message here is to try to imagine what you think you'll need in the near to distant Lego future, and prepare ahead of time for the volume of parts you'll need to sort and store. That way, you can avoid the feeling of always being behind in your storing of parts.

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| January 24, 2010, 6:36 am
Update: Today I went to the Container Store and bought some multi-drawer cabinets for $40 total.
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| January 24, 2010, 8:45 pm


Or for the ultimate mall-ninja.
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| January 25, 2010, 11:41 pm


Well that's weird. I think i've been to that site before...

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| January 25, 2010, 11:54 pm
I use a combination of the above. My main bulk of bricks are confined to ziploc bags in a plastic 4-drawer storage unit, each drawer about 18"x18"x6" deep. Very useful small pieces (cheese slopes, food items, etc)are seperated into the shallow, multi-divided craft organiser boxes, each about 18"x12" with about 12 sections in each. Minifig parts, headwear, utensils, weapons, etc. are in a three drawer box with moveable dividers (very useful) and a top tray which I use for visors and so on. It's a bit like a tackle box, but again came from a craft store. Finally, as I cannot leave my bricks out (my 2 year old boy finds them fascinating and my baby girl would just eat them) I tend to build and sort on a plastic tray with a lip. That way I can just pick the whole tray up to put away rather than bagging or boxing up what i'm working on. I need at least another divided box, and maybe a second drawer-stack working on Mark's suggestion of thinking ahead, but so far my entire storage expenditure is about 30-40 ($50-65) and it's money well spent.
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| January 26, 2010, 4:08 am
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