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AFOL organise sons' lego. General ideas
I'm an AFOL who collects mainly Castle sets with some 80s space/town sets. I myself keep a pretty decent track of sets, parts, and keep a very organized lot of castle minifig parts, weapons etc.
However I have two sons ages 9 and 6 and they have been playing/collecting Lego sets for about the past 5-6 years. It's to the point where we have bins upon bins of lego. (the nicer 4x2 bricks that stack, along with usual clear storage bins). Some bins have remains of sets in them, some just pieces, there was once a minifigs only bin, but now the minifigs are somewhat scattered throughout everything. At one point I was able to keep sets and figures together but now it's just out of control. My ideas were to do as follows:
- Organize parts by color and place in bins
- Just take apart all the partial bins as it's at the point they sets cannot be completed anyway.
- Minifigs organize them into one bin and then break down the bin into parts say, heads, torsos, legs, helmets, hair weapons etc. Even a section for completed figures (eg franchise minifigs)
- Should I even try to organize things by theme (eg super heros, minecraft, etc) or is it just a loss at this point?
For me I find that since many sets are still somewhat together and placed away in bins that they are really never played with again. It seems like if they were all apart an organized they would be used more often.
Does anyone else have this type of problem? Or a good way of organizing things? Not all the sets are this way over the past year or two my oldest son has kept most of his bigger sets in tact and minifigs. (to the point he doesn't want his brother to sneak them out of his room). But for me I just feel they could build more things were more easily accessible.