To busy to blog but never to busy to…

sort lego by colour.

The before shot:


***** UPDATE *****
OK – look, lego storage solutions have occupied so much of my paltry-sized brain that something had to be done. 
I had dreams of funky solutions utilising utilitarian workshop forms, I had the notion of an Ikea solution but as the years passed it became to juvenile-an-option, I wanted, whatever the solution, to not involve ugly plastic tubs
But you see, ugly plastic tubs are really the only true solution. Sure, I could have used vintage suitcases but something has happened to me – oh it’s always been there but now, as I age, it is becoming far more prevalent. 
You see, I now see something beautiful or pretty or ingenious or clever and think ‘wow’. Then I think – how the hell would you clean that? or lovely idea but you’d have to open every container to see what was where, or oh-my-god talk about a hayfever heaven. 
Yep, I am now all about practicality over beauty
So – there was deliberation. Do we sort into type – so Lego Agents in one box, Lego City in another, Lego general somewhere else and Lego Star Wars and Lego Mars Mission housed accordingly? 
But just typing that you realise what a pipe dream that was. Surely. Once they are all mixed it becomes very difficult to determin if that lego 2×9 black strip belongs in Lego Star Wars or the general box. 
And what do you do with the eleventy gagillion generic pieces that come in every set? 
So then it came down to do we sort by colour. A friend told me she had even considered sorting by brick type. BRICK TYPE.
I’ll leave that with you for a moment so you can realise even my madness has limits. 
So now we have a black box, grey box, red, yellow and brown box and a blue,white and green box. 
There are two little Ikea boxes with lego men and then another one with other little stuff like guns and light sabers and all the little clear coloured lego bits and pieces. 
The boys love it. They helped sort if. If I can’t share my obsessive compulsive tendencies then what sort of mother am I!?! 
They’re all playing with it and can now find pieces easily and without hours of rummaging and/or dumping onto the floor. 
That, my friends, is what is called a victory. 

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  • Anonymous

    It's all nice and everything but I like you more when you blog.

  • BabelBabe

    are you effing insane?
    that will last three days, tops.

  • blackbird

    I'm with BB.
    I give it 24 hours…UNLESS you are putting the bins in the attic.

  • Eleanor

    Oh, sorting annoying kid-related stuff? Yep, I've got a story for that too:


    When Master CB was in preschool aged 3/4, parents were asked to come in and volunteer at the end of the year, to help "tidy up" before the summer holidays. That was, in fact, the very last time I ever volunteered, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

    So I went in as a volunteer, and the kindie director (lovely woman, young, unmarried, childless, cute as a button, peppy & sunshiny) assigned me the puzzle cupboard. My assignment – to match up all of the pieces of 100s of different puzzles, the pieces having fallen all over the shelves and cupboard floor.

    I started the assignment in all good faith, but within 10 minutes realised that:
    *this might take weeks
    *I was poorly suited to the task
    *Crying hysterically was not appropriate behaviour for a preschool mum volunteer.

    Kim, I FLED without explanation, never explained in fact, even as Master CB continued to attend said preschool for the next year.

    I feel guilty to this day.

    I feel angry and resentful to this day as well.

    Years later, both kids in primary school,my best friend (who was President of the Parents&Friends Association) was asked jokingly by one of her volunteers "Why don't you ever get Eleanor to come in?" My friend answered without blinking "I would never DREAM of asking Eleanor, it's not her thing." I laugh about it still.

    Barbie shoes.

    Those are the only things more annoying than Lego.

    'cause the 2nd one of each pair is always missing.

    E xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • jac

    That looks like a lot of Lego. Is it? Or is it just a normal amount for four boys? I think it is a LOT of Lego.

  • Badger

    Why? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? Don't you know they're supposed to be sorted by type, and what set they go with? Do I need to send my boy child over there to sort you out?


    (Word verification is "ovedocce". I'm hoping Paola can translate that for us.)

  • Tammois

    I have to weigh in with Badger here – if you're going to sort, then it must be by type or size. Colour will actually manage to obscure those dear little 1×2 pieces amongst the giant flat black ones.

    We go through stages where they're all beautifully sorted, and Mr10 is very good at keeping them that way. Unfortunately, his 6yo brother is allergic to order & rapidly ruins any system we figure out.

    Also, on practical v. pretty – I'm so with you. We were all about baskets in the kids' early years, until we became mostly about stackable plastic containers. 😉

    Nice work, Kim. Hats off!

  • kim at allconsuming

    Ahh, but the shallow rectangular tub has worked a treat for that – no probs finding smaller pieces.

  • •´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´•

    Brilliant idea Kim …our lego collection is off visiting the cousin but when we get it back in a few years I am trying this for sure.

    We use tubs for all our general toys sorted and though the boys do mix them up, it's not too much trouble to fix once a fortnight or so.

  • Badger

    Listen, Ms. Updatey Person: If the boys were helping you, they could TELL YOU what bricks go with what set.

    Oh, wait. Yours aren't autistic, are they?

    Nevermind, then.


    Signed, the mother whose son has a mental inventory of every single Lego brick that's ever passed through his fingers, and that's why he's responsible for sorting his own goddamn bricks.

  • Anonymous

    Social Sciences/Humanities students = sort by color.

    Mathematics students = sort by size.

    All academic really – 'cause BB is right about this one.

    When it goes pear-shaped you could always just hand each boy a box and give them the task of working out how to share the Lego evenly*. (I know! I know! but funny as all get-out watching them from the sidelines)

    (* you need to make sure your health insurance and home contents insurance is fully paid up before trying anything like this)

    Word verification – "blogends"

  • Von

    I'm not up with relative merits of lego categorisation strategies, but I'm totally with you on the ugly plastic tubs. So long as they're identical, right?

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