Any mom of boys in cringing right now. All those teeny, tiny pieces on the floor…getting lost in the carpet…getting mixed in with other toys. Argh.
This may not be the prettiest post I’ve ever written, but it may be the most practical. My boys have recently discovered the wonderful world of legos. That means that I’ve discovered the wonderful world of missing legos and stepped on legos (ouch!). I had to find a way or organize and store all of the parts.
My boys are still young so they like to build the actual “thing” on the lego box, so tossing all of the legos into one big box isn’t an option. And keeping the big boxes that are 1/100th full of legos is also not an option. The boxes get destroyed and can’t contain all those teeny, tiny piece anyway.
So what’s the solution?
Ziploc bags! The gallon size bags are plenty big enough to hold all but the largest lego sets and the instruction book that shows you how to put together the Super Galactica Battle Star Android Cruiser Ship. (I made that up.)
And a whole bunch of those bags fit in one metal storage bin.
But what do we do with all of the itty bitty pieces that I vacuum up…step on find on the floor?
We keep a small Tupperware container for “extra/found” pieces. Then when the boys wants to put together a lego set, they grab the bag they want and the container of extra pieces. They’re good to go!
Finding a simple, cheap and practical way to store toys in our house makes me less grumpy happy. I’m thinking there is an application for girls toys here too. Barbie clothes? My Little Pony parts?
We use this same technique for storing puzzles when the boxes start to fall apart. Just cut the picture off the lid and put it in a Ziploc bag with all the pieces. Problem solved.
Do you have any simple ideas for toy storage? I’d love to hear them!