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Hey all. I have realized that I have WAY more LEGO than I know what to do with! I would like to organize all of my LEGO (as it takes me FOREVER just to finish one creation) but I am not quite sure how to... any help and examples would be just awesome! Thanks
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| July 8, 2010, 7:23 pm
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Every builder is different. For me, I started off organizing by color and then, as my collection grew, I started sorting the colors by type as well. Here's a link to the folder that has my sorting techniques posted.

http://mocpages.com/folder.php/68830

Now, here's the funny thing, I've actually moved WAY past what you see here. I still use the same basic system, but the collection has grown and taken over not only the desk, but an entire bookcase behind where I sit when building. I'm in the middle of sorting out everything from BrickWorld right now (not to mention the 15 or so unopened sets that I still have to get to... eventually), so the set up may go through another change in the coming weeks.

In contrast, Kelso has his set collection organized by part number using the part numbers from BrickLink. And others organize by part type with all the colors mixed. Everyone has to find a path that suits their individual building style.

My advice for starting out would be to get some boxes (dollar stores usually have shoebox sized tupperwear type storage boxes... only a buck!) and figure out if you want to start sorting by color or piece type.

I'm sure everyone here has their own system of sorting and I'm interested to see who does what.

So, whatcha got everyone? How do you sort? Let's get this guy off on the right foot with some good advice!
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| July 8, 2010, 9:30 pm
I sorted my collection in the last weeks and I went by color. worked fairly well for me and I would suggest it. I also went with plates and bricks for some colors like bley (light and darl) and other colors I had a lot of. I hope that helps.
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| July 8, 2010, 9:51 pm
I threw everything into big buckets. Sure, it takes 3 hours to find one piece, but it is space-efficient.
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| July 8, 2010, 9:54 pm
I bought 5 jewelry bead box sorters from Walmart. They each have over 15 little spots to store pieces in. I have one for small flat bricks, one for tiles, one for hinge bricks, one for rounded bricks, and one for greebling. Then I have miscellaneous shoe boxes that I store bricks and plates in and another box for random pieces. I sort mostly by piece type, but if I have too many to fit in one spot, I'll split pieces up into different color groups (for example, light gray with dark gray and black, and then everything else. Hope this helps!
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| July 8, 2010, 9:55 pm
I...

really shouldn't be giving advice on this considering all my laygoes are in a bag, mixed with some childhood toys. I'll probably get sorting soon.
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| July 8, 2010, 9:58 pm
I have everything in a big tub, and all of my grey is in the building area, AKA the floor, and my landscaping (green and light tan plates) are in tubs.
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| July 8, 2010, 11:01 pm
Quoting Awesome-o-saurus The Not-So-Great
I threw everything into big buckets. Sure, it takes 3 hours to find one piece, but it is space-efficient.

Thats what I did at first. but now I am out of space under my bed (thats where my LEGO's where. I have now filled that space completely AND have filled half my closet with the rest! Thats mainly whay I am sorting them now.
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| July 8, 2010, 11:13 pm
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Quoting Sean Flynn
...thats where my LEGO's where.


And it's a good time to get started. And while you're on the road to true Moccerhood, allow me to help illuminate your lingo.

The plural of Lego is Lego. It's not Lego's, Legoes, Legos or Laygoes. I only tell you this so that you can A: Learn something new today and B: Get irriated when someone on the street refers the them as any of the above wrong terms.

I taught my wife this term and now even SHE squirms when someone adds an S to the end of it.

Now then, back to your sorting! Carry on.
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| July 8, 2010, 11:26 pm
Thanks for the life lesson. I have begun sorting my lego by color (keeping it simple) but it is a LONG process!
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| July 9, 2010, 1:50 am
Quoting Sean Flynn
Thanks for the life lesson. I have begun sorting my lego by color (keeping it simple) but it is a LONG process!

Yes, by color does take a while but if you do not have a huge collection it is worth it.
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| July 9, 2010, 11:57 am
Well, seems you have some good advice above, but I sorted much as Chris did. First by color, then went to find a black piece in a 40 gal tub of black....yeah, never found the piece. Now I am doing what I call microsorting, color first, then by shape (ie: flat pieces together, really small pieces together, block pieces together, etc.) I do suggest you invest in some of those 3-drawer plastic files you can get at Target or WalMart. Great for sorting. One of these days I will take a few snaps and post the collection.
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| July 9, 2010, 12:30 pm
Thanks every one! great advice I appreciate it.
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| July 9, 2010, 2:57 pm
Well, I am in the middle of sorting my bricks right now. Since I don't nearly have enough bricks to sort by color AND shape, I'm just sorting them by color.
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| July 9, 2010, 7:52 pm
I sort by color and by part, depending on how much I have. All the blue, red, yellow, white, and black 2x4s are in one tub, same with the 2x4, 1x4, 1x6 and so on. My grays, since I'm a castle guy at heart, are in another tub with some micro sorting by part type (for instance, all 1x1 gray bricks are in a little resealable container that once held Beneful dog food -- no digging for them!). I have those compartmental crafting cases for other small bits, the Glomshire Knights main cast, and their gear.
In short, you'll figure out what works best for you. Some of us never sort, some of us sort only because the mess is out of control, and some of us are CONSTANTLY sorting. I try to sort when I tear down a MOC or my shoebox size tub of "sort me parts" is full.

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| July 23, 2010, 5:01 pm
I'm a bit O.C.D. so [comma] so I am gonna soon organize by color in big carpenter drawer things. But right now I have all of the parts special to me or special in general in one big box, all of the others are in a hug box or in a pile on top. But I separated my minifig parts into a little 2 or 3 gallon box with all of there accessories (brickarms, minifig accessories etc.)

Yeah but it'll soon be organized by color. That should take a good amount of time from my schedule...
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| July 23, 2010, 5:32 pm
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