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Disclaimer: This is quite long and detailed. Please read all of it properly before asking questions. I will not answer questions which are already covered in the text :) God Bless!

Hi All, as I look at other peoples collections as they are posted I see some simple rules are put in place for storage, such as 'Do not mix colours' and 'Seperate plates and Bricks'. This is good to some point, but it simply doesn't work as well as it sounds.

Whether your collection is the size of Kelso's, or just a few boxes, the system you use to store your Lego can dramatically effect how long it takes you to build that model you've been planning. Being a Process Engineer by profession I impliment process right throughout everything I do with Lego (and more). I have what I would call a medium size AFOL collection, which is gigantic compared to the collection I had when I was a TFOL. Here I will shed some light on how and why I store my lego the way I do - in the process (theres that word again) I hope some of you will be able to take away some ideas helping you organise your own collection into a more user friendly setup for your own building taste. My setup is designed to be beneficial towards landscaping, castle and architecture. Some of your may prefer to have setups for automobiles, machinery, space or bionicle.

Remember, having a draw/container for each colour/piece type is only beneficial if you have enough bricks to fill the draw/container (such as Sir Mark Kelso or Battalion Commander Garry King). For smaller collections this many draws/containers will take up more room space, and you will have to walk more trying to find that draw with your specific piece in it. Worse still is when you are using multiple pieces at the same time you will find yourself surrounded by loose draws in piles on your work bench and on the floor - not ideal!

I have methodically put my collection into order, the following photos will show you what pieces I have stored where in my draws. Under each photo there will be a brief explanation of how/why it is stored how it is. This is not a 'How to' tutorial, I am simply trying to throw across some ideas which I think will help a storage system work more efficiently. Make a coffee/tea/hot choccie, grab a dipping cookie and enjoy the read :)


Draw #1: This draw holds the bulk of my 1x1round plates. White, Black, Trans Drk Blue, Trans Medium Blue, Trans Clear, Trans Green, Trans Red, Trans Yellow. I have picked these colours for this draw as they are in large quantities and also clash with each other - making them easy to spot beside each other. There are other clashing colours but they will pop-up later. There are close to 6'000 studs-worth of plates in this draw


Draw #2: Lots of Wedges! Similar to Draw #1 these are large quantities of clashing colours. Tan, Drk Bley, Light Bley, White, Black, Trans Orange, Trans Yellow, Trans Clear, Trans Drk Blue. Here the Light Bley is hardest to see but that is simply because the quantity is much less than the other colours. The other colour wedges will again pop-up later.


Draw #3: This draw is more specific to a theme which I quite frequently dabble in: Castle. It contains all my 1x1 round plates, and 1x2 plates of Redish Brown, Drk Bley and Light Bley. It also includes all my 1x1 plates of Black and Drk Tan, and also 1x2 plates of Drk Tan. I generally only need this draw, my 'Doors and Windows' draw and my 'Small Drk Bley Brick' draw out when building any castle feature. There is close to 10'000 studs-worth of plates in this draw


Draw #4: Simple, this has all my White 1x1 round bricks, 2x2 45 inverted slopes and 2x2 round bricks with texture. Again I only need to use this draw and my 'Small Gold Pieces' draw when building any of that white stone architecture stuff.


Draw #5: This draw includes all my Orange, Purple and Drk Red. These colours clash and are in very small quantities so pieces are still very eash to locate inside the draw.


Draw #6: Red and Yellow plates. Again I have small quantities of Red and Yellow so these two can easily be stored together without making searching a difficult task.


Draw #7: Blue plates. This is all my draw for all Light Blue, Blue and Drk Blue plates which are no larger than 4x4studs. I have a lot of 4x4 Blue plates, if they were included in this draw it would make searching for 1x1s or 1x2s very annoying. The 3 shades are all similar to each other which makes it look nice but they are also different enough to make them easy to tell apart.


Draw #8: White Plates and bits. I don't have many small white plates which makes looking for them a bit difficult, however, as I rarely use white plates in anything it is still more efficient to store all the white plates together and take a little longer to find that 1x1 or 1x2 from time to time.


Draw #9: Light Bley plates. Remembering that all my 1x2 Light Bley is already in the 'Castle Part' draw, this is a very nice draw to work from without pulling it out of the shelves.


Draw #10: Drk Bley plates. Again, all the 1x2s are in the Castle Part' draw. 1x1s pose a small challenge in this quantity of plates but I have to have enough in the future to add these to the 'Castle Part' draw. I don't use they too often so it is easy to put up with.


Draw #11: Small Drk Bley Bricks. This draw is still requiring some sorting with the 'Drk Bley Slopes' draw. Once done this draw will include all the bricks from 1x1s to 1x4s, including their Technic counterparts.


Draw #12: Black Plates. This is a colour I rarely use at all - infact the only reason the plates are split from the bricks here is because combined there is too much to fit in one draw! The 1x1s are kept seperate and there is a large quantity of 1x2s so they are not too hard to find when I need them.


Draw #13: Grass and Palms, no I'm not talking about smoking the goods of a tropical island in the pacific. This draw pretty much explains itself you might think, however these two elements are mixed together because if you mix bamboo leaves and grass pieces together they get all tangled with each other - its a pain in the donkey! There is actually over 1000 grass pieces in this draw, with another 1000 in mid shipment. The palm leaves are still easy to spot because of their large solid shape.


Draw #14: Bamboo, Reeds and Small Trees. These are grouped together because they are the first items of foliage that I will place on a landscape. In this order: Trees, Reeds, Bamboo leaves, Grass leaves and then Grass from the above draw. With 800 Bamboo leaves the Grass leaves aren't easy to spot, but as they are last to go on from this draw it all works out perfect :)


Draw #15: Tree Leaves. The picture should say it all. Grass and Bamboo leaves are also very annoying to get out of these larger leaves - seriously, store them seperately!


Draw #16: Red Roofing Tiles. There are seperate due to the quantity I have, and the fact that if I get any more supplement packs this is the colour they will be.


Draw #17: Greens. So I have lots of greenery, but I have very litte in the way of green plates and bricks, putting the 4x4 or larger plates aside this is what I have left.


Draw #18: Red and Yellow Bricks. Like the plates I have very few of these. Apart from the 2x4 Red bricks this is my Red and Yellow supplies.


Draw #19: Blue Bricks. Unlike the plates I have very few of these. The only element not here is my 2x2 Blue bricks which will pop-up later.


Draw #20: White Bricks. Speaks for itself. This is not a colour I use a lot of but I will have to split it into large bricks (1x6 and larger) and small bricks (1x1 to 1x4) as the draw is getting very full...


Draw #21: Small Light Bley Bricks and Slopes. Any bricks (1x1 to 1x4) and any slopes go in here. This is the reason why I havn't built any larger castles yet. I have plans in the work for this to be more achievable in the future, with some inspiration from Ru Corders castle colour scheme.


Draw #22: Large Light Bley Bricks. Self explanatory :)


Draw #23: Drk Bley Slopes and Rounds. As I stated above, this draw needs its remaining small bricks to be transferred to the 'Small Drk Bley Bricks' draw.


Draw #24: Black Bricks. Hardest colour to photograph is probably why I don't use this much.


Draw #25: The source of Me Baers envy (jks). Trans Blue Tiles. With around 3100 1x2 tiles could you imagine looking for a 1x1? This is why the 1x1s are kept in a seperate small container but still within the main draw. The 1.5mm flat head screw driver is my tool for de-plating the large plates. I have 5 of the new Lego tools but they still dont compete with the screw driver. There are also 100 Trans Red 1x2s and 100 Trans Yellow 1x2s in this draw - can you see any of them? :-D


Draw #26: Transparent Bricks and pieces. I recently bought 200 1x2 Trans Red Bricks, they still arn't stealing the show in this draw, it is much fuller than I want it to be. Pieces are still fairly easy to find suprisingly which is why it has not been split up yet.


Draw #27: Hinges and SNOT Pieces. Similar to Gio's SNOT Draw, except I really need to seperate the hinges and turntables out of this draw. its around 90% full which makes it a mission to find plates with clips etc.


Draw #28: Large Tree Pieces. 400 Reddish Brown 1x1x5s, 300 Reddish Brown 1x2x3 slopes, 300 Reddish Brown 1x2x3 inverted slopes, 300 Drk Brown 1x2x3 slopes, 300 Drk Brown 1x2x3 inverted slopes, 50 Reddish Brown 90 Arches, 50 Drk Brown 90 Arches. Most the supplies needed to make a tree the size of the one in Return of the Ancients. Fills this draw.


Draw #29: Small Gold Pieces. There are over 1500 1x1 round plates, over 300 2x2 round plates, over 500 1x2 roof apex's, over 300 1x2 jumper plates and around 120 2x2 domes in this draw.


Draw #30: Large Gold Pieces. This draw is around 60% full. With around 180 3x3 dome quarters I have never done a build which uses all of them. Maybe one day...


Draw #31: Tan Plates. This draw includes all its 1x1s and 1x2s which are in healthy quantities for finding without too much trouble. Any plates 4x4 or larger are kept seperate. I have plans to split this into large and small plates and mix them with my Reddish Brown draws.


Draw #32: Tan Bricks. I would like to seperate the large and small bricks and then mix them with my Reddish Brown draws.


Draw #33: Dark Tan Pieces. Most of the useful pieces I use are in the 'Castle Parts' draw, my only real reason for using this draw is for the 150+ jumper plates when I'm doing a large White and Gold building.


Draw #34: Dark Flesh and Dark Orange. Only really usefull for POP themed builds, although the 1x2 bricks will be put into a larger container with other usefull parts for building large castles.


Draw #35: Reddish Brown Plates. To be split and mixed with my Tan plates.


Draw #36: Reddish Brown Bricks. To be split and mixed with my Tan bricks


Draw #37: Themed Minifigs. Where I keep minifigures which are from a Lego theme, such as POTC, POP or Atlantis. There are also about 80 Pirates II MF under all those zip bags. The Red Rock Figs are for an upcoming build which I need more Drk Bley Bricks before I can start on it.


Draw #38: Collectible Figs and odd Figs (I have like 3 SW Figs :-/ lol). There are also some Castle Figs that might be in there by accident...


Draw #39: Really small bits and pieces. Taps, Bones, Minifig Utensils up to 3L.


Draw #40: Long bits and pieces. Skis, Minifig weapons/armour, any rods/poles 4L+


Draw #41: Animals. Self explanatory.


Draw #42: Tiles. This draw is a pain in the donkey! Needs to be split for sure! This one will be a priority for the next lot of draws I get. My split here will be different, Small Tiles will include anything 1x1 to 2x2 and 1x4. Large Tiles will have everything else. I have a lot of 2x4 Reddish Brown tiles and they just get in the way, but not special enough to have their own container.


Draw #43: Technic and Technic relates parts. This draw does not include any bricks with holes as they would clutter it up. The idea here is to find pins and axles easily.


Draw #44: Power Function. Self Explanatory.


Draw #45: Trains and Track. This will become just Trains at some point, I already have too much track for this draw which makes it impracticle. For Trains it is excellent.


Draw #46: Doors and Windows. Believe it or not, there are over 300 1x2x2/3 Reddish Brown Frames with Gold Lattices in this draw? After breaking the Tower Bridge and Fire Station only about 10 are visible... They are for use in the same build as the Red Rock Monsters :)


Draw #47: Wheels, Cannons and Dishes. Surprise! I do own some vehicles...


Draw #48: Container Items, Large Flags and Fences.


40L Bin #1: Large bits and pieces. These bits are important but awkward to store.


40L Bin #2: Pirate Ship Hulls, Masts and Sails. I use this bin very rarely so it is stored underneath the 'Large bits and pieces' bin.


40L Bin #3: Large Drk Bley Bricks. This bin is 85% full. It contains any Drk Bley brick 1x6 or 2x2 and larger. This is my 'Work from' bin when doing those rocky landscapes. I will usually have the 'Small Drk Bley Bricks' draw to the side.


40L Bin #4: BURPs, LURPs and Walls. I don't use these often so they are stored underneath the 'Large Drk Bley Bricks' bin.


Small Containers #1: These are full of Heroica related pieces, finally a reason to store those 2x2 jumpers seperately!


Small Containers #2: Grass with Flowers and 1x1 Round Bricks/Cones. I don't use the Rounds/Cones that much so they are only accessed for odd things.


Odd Bits: 1000 Drk Bley Grills - for use on Train Dios and the Red Rock Monster build :) The small container holds my one non-purist solution for vines and floating objects.


Unopened sets: Only because Melodie hasn't built them yet, the big one is the Pet Shop, she is working her way up to the larger sets :)


Small pieces tray #1: For those small elements which I have very few of but still enjoy having accessible. In this case, wedges, teeth, Friends flowers and Crystals.


Small pieces tray #2: For more small elements which I have few of but still enjoy having accessible. Lots of 1x1 round plates, diamonds, Metalic Gold, Metalic Silver, food elements.


60L Bin #1: That is 2000 Red 2x4 Bricks, there are also 1000 Blue 2x2 Bricks in mid shipment to join them. These are going to be used for reinforcing the hollows underneath rock mountains. For this reason I want the colour of each element to clash - so the 2x4s are Red and the 2x2s are Blue.


60L Bin #2: All my plates in every colour which are 4x4 or larger. That zip bag holds around 240 Drk Tan 4x4 quarters, so it is stored with hte plates but is kept seperate.


Base plates. 14 Green 32x32, 12 Blue 32x32, 5 Blue 16x32 and 2 Drk Bley 16x32. There are also 2 Green 16x32 Baseplates in the Pet Shop set once it is built.


Melodies Lego so far: 12/14 Friends sets (other 2 yet to be built). Christmas Bakery (broken down). 2 Sponge Bob sets (broken down). She is getting to FFOL status slowly but surely :)

Coming to a close now, just one more thing to point out, which I find very usefull. Make sure your containers are set up in a 'Priority/Logical' order.

If you take a look at the below picture, you will see that draws containing plates and bricks of the same colour are right beside each other.
You might also notice that lighter tones are towards the top of the shelves and darker tones are towards the bottom of the shelves. This way when looking for a certain colour I know 'Top' or 'Bottom'.
All the minifigures/animals and related items are grouped together in those 5 top left draws.
Most architectural related items are in the bottom 3 left draws.
All the landscaping draws are in the top 4 draws of the middle and right shelves - I use these the most, so the less bending down I do the less sore I will be, meaning I can stay building for longer before needing a break :)


Okay so thats my storage system. It has been made to be user friendly for me and the genres I build in. I hope that this will show that mixing colours is at times quite beneficial, just make sure the colours clash and are both frequently used. The only combination in my setup I don't like is the Trans Red and Trans Green 1x1 round plates being together - I am Red/Green colour blind so these two are hard to tell apart in non-natural/poor lighting.



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  November 10, 2012
This is a giant collection! How long have you been collecting? Also, would you mind checking out some of my stuff? Oh, and what is an FFOL? I have read Blake's "LEGO Dictionary" of sorts, but that is the first time I have seen that term.
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  June 14, 2012
That's quite a collection!
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  May 23, 2012
wow!!!!! O.O so many bricks!!!!! i also recently sorted my bricks i did it by color :D
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  May 7, 2012
Oh my goodness, those are A LOT OF BRICKS!. I am jealous that you could sort them all out, my pile is hopeless. I did learn something: put together same briks in very diiferent (and easy spotable) colors. Thanks!!! 5 stars for your tidyness, propriety , and other descriptions (I don't know the propre word in English :-) )
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  May 7, 2012
Lucky AFOL! If I had that many bricks, I would sort them too. But for now I just have to search for pieces.
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  April 29, 2012
As Mr Phipson said, it's always interesting to see how others AFOL manage their storage. Even if I'm still a little Padah-wan compared to you, guys, I found a lot of useful ideas. Thank you, Thoy!!
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  April 23, 2012
Was showing the trans blue tiles necessary? I submit that it was not! ;) Kudos mate, I understand the triumphant feeling when you have acquired something that desirable. :)
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  April 22, 2012
Thanks :)
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  April 21, 2012
Quoting Pippo Zane Just a noob question: where did u get all the 1x2 transparent blue flat pieces? Did u order them or did u find at the lego store? They are very useful but I don't have any... tx man!
Read my reply to the other guy below :)
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  April 21, 2012
Thanks for this. What's your opinion on stacking?
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  April 21, 2012
Quoting James Bond So jealous right now..... Do you use bricklink to get all those wonderfull pieces? If you do, what store do you use because I can't find very large quantities of the trans. blue tiles and I would like to get some.....
They are only on sale in large quantities very rarely. When I bought mine a BL store had 5000 for sale at 7cents each, I took 2000 of them, they had all been sold within a week. I don't need to buy them anymore, but when I was buying them I would check out every store I visited for them. I don't shop at any one particular store. Use the Search Brick tool and you can find the cheapest seller of any piece in the quantity you specify who ships to you.
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  April 21, 2012
Dang dude, and I thought I was organized! Thanks for the tour! Always great to see how others do their storage... gotta steal ideas from somewhere! ~ Chris.
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  April 21, 2012
i am so jealous!! Just looking at your collection makes me drool and wonder why my collection is so small, then I realised I'm only a TFOL. ;) What makes me sad though is that you have all those boat pieces and don't use them, and I love building boats, but don't have any boat pieces. Still, your sorting system is excellent, and just a little bit more efficient than my shoe box system ;)
Thoy Bradley
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  April 20, 2012
Wow !! It`s always a pleasure when people take care of their lego and know how to keep the stuff !! I`ve got mine in the furniture the lego model sits upon...in the drawers and in cardboard boxes so its not so bad !!>.....well done
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  April 20, 2012
And I thought I had a lot of Legos... very good system, but I wouldn't mix colors. I separate them by colors, and then by shape, but then again, I don't have as many bricks as you. Those drawers with golden parts are the most impressive to me! Ever considered renting your workshop by the hour? You'd make a fortune! Cheers
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  April 20, 2012
Wish I had one-tenth of that many bricks.
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  April 20, 2012
Thats a medium AFOL collection!!!!! HOLY COW POO!!!!! I thought this was very helpfull and will probably refer to it if i ever try to sort my bricks again... i failed the first time. Lol
  April 20, 2012
Just a noob question: where did u get all the 1x2 transparent blue flat pieces? Did u order them or did u find at the lego store? They are very useful but I don't have any... tx man!
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  April 20, 2012
This is very helpful, and makes me want to go sort my bricks. Blogged on Brick End: http://brickend.blogspot.com/2012/04/putting-logic-into-storage-by-thoy.html
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  April 20, 2012
Great method's Thoy!
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  April 20, 2012
So jealous right now..... Do you use bricklink to get all those wonderfull pieces? If you do, what store do you use because I can't find very large quantities of the trans. blue tiles and I would like to get some.....
  April 20, 2012
That is truly impressive.. a formidable "tower of (creative) power" so to speak! Upon seeing that i realize i have a long way to go! Well done
  April 20, 2012
My system is random boxes stuffed with whatever bricks happen to be in them. Its not efficient in any way but I enjoy the chaos.
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  April 20, 2012
Quoting Kayne _ Thanks for sharing this Thoy! I thought my collection was starting to reach the respectable/non-embarassing level....guess not. I probably have about 1/3 of what you own! I do sort very similar though, using clashing colors in the bins that I do not have enough to fully sort. I think the biggest difference that I have is that I have 2 33-drawer storage bins mounted on the wall. These are the ones you can find at Hardware stores for sorting screws/nails. I use those drawers for sorting the smaller pieces like the wedges, 1x1 rounds(plates and bricks, in separate drawers), hinges, etc... I did notice a few nice ideas that I may need to 'borrow' though!
At the time I built my Beach Resort, my collection could fit into 4 of those 4 draw units. That was 18 months ago. I felt it was a respectable size but not large enough to require any major system like this one. 18 months ago means this one has been 18 months in development, with obvious wrinkles still to be ironed out :)For most part the theory behind it all is great and that is what counts (in my mind anyway...)
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  April 20, 2012
Thanks for sharing this Thoy! I thought my collection was starting to reach the respectable/non-embarassing level....guess not. I probably have about 1/3 of what you own! I do sort very similar though, using clashing colors in the bins that I do not have enough to fully sort. I think the biggest difference that I have is that I have 2 33-drawer storage bins mounted on the wall. These are the ones you can find at Hardware stores for sorting screws/nails. I use those drawers for sorting the smaller pieces like the wedges, 1x1 rounds(plates and bricks, in separate drawers), hinges, etc... I did notice a few nice ideas that I may need to 'borrow' though!
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  April 20, 2012
Nice to see we have quite the same ideas for the storage! But compared to your collection, mine needs less and smaller boxes! xD
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  April 20, 2012
That is a very intelligent way of storage. If I ever decide to sort, it will be something simila to this (the "sorting" I use now is "time sorting", which means I put bricks from dismantled creations into one bin until the bins are too uneven, then I reset them and start again, and it works very well, because I always know, except before I dismantle my first creation after the reset, in which bin the bricks are).
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  April 20, 2012
Thoy, thanks for sharing this. You put quite a lot of time into organizing and presenting it this way. As I'm currently in the sorting process of the mess after my last MOCing session, I find this very usefull as well. Thanks!
  April 20, 2012
This makes me feel small :P Yes, I'm jelly.
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  April 20, 2012
Quite a collection you've got there, Thoy. I'm Really liking your sorting methods and I might just have to use them. And since I now have loads of space (I've moved my collection to my garage) I have more space for drawers... Now the only thing that I'm missing are the drawers. Since I used to sort by color AND was a floor builder these methods should help me. I appreciate that you spent some of your time to show us this. It will really help a lot of us people-that-need-to-sort-their-collection-better. Oh, and do you mind if I borrow those 1x2 Dark Tan Plates for my upcoming project?... Wait, nevermind, shipping would be expensive. Time to make my first BL order!
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  April 20, 2012
Wow man, I thought I had a decent collection until I saw this! You have a ton! :D
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  April 20, 2012
Wow. Very well sorted, I don't have enough draws or bricks to sort it in such a way, but man, you must hate re-sorting when you're done building.
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  April 20, 2012
If I had access to your collection.....well, lets just say the possibilities would be endless! Just a quick question: Where do you get all this!?!?! I check bricklink and there is absolutely NO good stores in NZ. How on earth do you afford shipping?!??! On a final note: Let's just say I'm jelly =3
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  April 20, 2012
Haha! I drooling! Very impressive collection, you're very lucky to have all of that at your disposal, something a lot of us only dream of. Well done my friend.
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  April 20, 2012
Wow, what a collection! I sort by part type and size, and use 5 different drawer sizes (plus two tubs - one for baseplates and one for big lumpy bits). I often stack pieces like wedges, plates etc - partly for ease in finding and quantifying them, partly to create more space between part clusters to avoid scratching over time. Thanks for sharing your method!
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  April 20, 2012
Quoting Brian Lyles Thanks for sharing. I'm too anal for that system. I have everything broken down to color and part as far as the main bricks, plates, and tiles. It takes me longer to sort stuff but when I want to build and have the creative juices flowing I dont want to slow down and fish around a big bin looking for pieces. I can build pretty fast picking out the specific cases I need and being able to see exactly how many of a specific piece that I have.
Fair enough, I don't worry too much about how many of each piece I have, spreadsheets do that and after all the updating I do the numbers are near memorised to the nearest hundred. I find too many containers kills more time than it saves. As for those creative juices, most of my ideas are premeditated months in advance and the ironing happens during the building. That's just what works for me though.
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  April 20, 2012
*wipes away drool* VERY impressive collection! some useful ideas here!
  April 20, 2012
Thanks for sharing. I'm too anal for that system. I have everything broken down to color and part as far as the main bricks, plates, and tiles. It takes me longer to sort stuff but when I want to build and have the creative juices flowing I dont want to slow down and fish around a big bin looking for pieces. I can build pretty fast picking out the specific cases I need and being able to see exactly how many of a specific piece that I have.
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  April 20, 2012
One word...Jealous.... Sweet collection, makes mine look tee teeny tiny. Anyways, wish I had one like it. Keep building! :D God Bless ~ Pendolium
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  April 19, 2012
Great. I'll take some of these ideas into consideration! I often mix similar-colored bricks together, or colors that I don't have much of. However, I've only sorted out about a quarter of my collection, and much of that has become a mess again! I'm just too lazy to sort I guess...I've been meaning to sort everything for about a year and a half now and just haven't done it yet. Oh well, with time, it will come (hopefully).
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  April 19, 2012
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 impressive collection, cool sorting system, I call my storage reserve, my 'cyberlab', you can find it on my page, and I do things differently. I put my wedges toghether, it s more parts based, also, now, I also stack them in a specific patern of part, as when I use them, I hold a chunk of the same part in one instance, instead of scrapping for parts, do you think that stacked parts are nt good in storage? as it wears them doing it? or is it that you like the scrapping? lego also sells storage cases with a base plate included, I use those as well now! thank you to take the time to share this.
You can stack pieces in storage if that works for you, my preference is not to as it does add to the wear on the studs, it also means you are pulling bricks apart twice as much while your building. Because my collection has such large quantities of specific pieces I don't find myself scratching around too much, I like picking up 10-15 loose pieces and placing them. Cheers for the question :)
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  April 19, 2012
As much as I try, I can never keep all of my drawers stacked up, they end up all over the room :P
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  April 19, 2012
impressive collection, cool sorting system, I call my storage reserve, my 'cyberlab', you can find it on my page, and I do things differently. I put my wedges toghether, it s more parts based, also, now, I also stack them in a specific patern of part, as when I use them, I hold a chunk of the same part in one instance, instead of scrapping for parts, do you think that stacked parts are nt good in storage? as it wears them doing it? or is it that you like the scrapping? lego also sells storage cases with a base plate included, I use those as well now! thank you to take the time to share this.
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  April 19, 2012
awesome set up i sort my bionicle pieces by type instead of color but then again im a bio- mocer and im quite envious of all your lt grey T pieces
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  April 19, 2012
You mentioned pulling drawers out and having them in the way of your building...yeah, that's me. When my collection grows a bit more, I'll have to rethink my sorting system.
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  April 19, 2012
I've been considering mixing some of my colors. It would definitely free up some drawers that are only half full.
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  April 19, 2012
Wow...what a tour! You've got one of the best-sorted and biggest collections of any AFOL I've ever seen; only the crazy AFOLs on Brickset have you beat...but not by much! Oddly enough, while my collection is nowhere near your size, I sort it almost exactly the same way; the only problem is breaking all my MOCs down and sorting them, since the system is so specific. Still, it's better than nothing! Thanks again for the inside-look!
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  April 19, 2012
This is so very different from how I sort mine, but the system makes a ton of sense. I usually sort mine my type and never by color, but now that I think about it your sorting method would probably save a ton of time. If I ever get a workshop, I'll probably have to reorganize my bricks.
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  April 19, 2012
You call that a medium collection? This is very helpful, thanks!
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  April 19, 2012
>:o I envy you.....
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  April 19, 2012
nice to see your system!
 
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