You gotta have a system! - how I sort my collection . An overview of how I sort my stuff; doubtless unconventional to some. . Ever since this interesting group was created, I had the intention to photograph just how I sort my lego. Here goes.
In the picture above you see my lego table. It's not very big, exactly the size of my newly broken down lego zoo, to be exact. Below it, I store some of my lego. But more about that later.
This is my main lego storage. I don't sort by colour, but rather by function.
Top of the rack. I use quite a lot of zip-lock bags, but I don't close them. That's because they deteriorate too quickly if I open and close it every time I need a piece. Also: it's faster.
Lower part. A breakdown of every bin will follow shortly.
Beside the main storage rack, I have this smaller 3-drawer bin filled with zip-lock bags.
The biggest tub of lego is the one with all the big plates. It is bigger than it looks on the picture. I like it because it is wide, making it easy to look for a specific part.
I will now put the pictures in small thumbnails, lest this page gets so big, its load times grinds all of mocpages to a halt again ;)
(read left to right, top-down)
1. a bin with 4*4 and 4*6 plates, and some round 4*4 plates. Since the large plates bin is so big, this is easier to find those smaller plates.
2. large bin with 2*x plates, longer than 2*4.
3. tubs with 2*x plates, up to 2*4. I sorted these by colour, mainly because they don't all fit in one tub ;)
4. 1*x plates, up to 1*4 long. I notice some longer plates in there. The sorting monkeys will be duly reprimanded.
5. 1*x plates, 1*6 and up. Sorting them by size makes them far easier to find.
6. 1*x bricks, 1*4 and up. Higher bricks are welcome.
7. 1*x bricks, up to 1*3.
8. BIG tub with 2*x bricks. Also wider (4*8, 10*10) bricks.
Now for some more specialist parts and sorting.
1. (1*1) cylinders and cones. Basically anything you can make guns with ;)
2. small trans drawer
3. control panels, levers, instruments, basically anything you can steer a ship with end then some.
4. technic pins and connectors.
5. tiles. Lots and lots of tiles (this is a drawer that's about 10cm/3inches high).
6. movable parts, mainly with clicks/friction. And introducing a minifig for scale.
7. round bricks, wedged bricks, curved bricks.
8. gates and fences
1. these tubs used to be full of zip-lock bags. Now they store some of the larger parts.
2. big space parts.
3. BURPs, large non-space parts.
4. boats, cannons, crates, anything wood.
5. horizontal hinges.
6. bags of propellors, landing feet, vertical hinges, some more larger parts.
7. a bin with antennas and one with what I would like to call 'grabbing parts'.
8. bag of 'grabbee parts' (see 7.), rounded plates and decorative bricks and tiles.
1. I like to call this the SNOT BOX
2. bags of printed parts (space), turntables, hinges, headlight bricks and cogs.
3. bags of technic beam connectors, propellor blades, printed parts, chairs and steering wheels and bricks with crosses.
4. tub with large technic beams.
5. smaller technic beams.
6. rounded technic beams.
7. with so many female technic parts around, it's only natural to also keep some male ones.
8. 2*x slopes. That bag with 2*2*1 blue slopes used to belong to my grandparents. They're official lego, but the studs must be a tiny fraction smaller, because other parts don't fit too well on them.
1. 3*x slopes.
2. longer slopes and wedges (6*x and up).
3. inverted slopes. I think I use these in every single MOC, although it's not always visible in the photographs.
4. slopes higher than one brick.
6. rounded tops.
7. canopies! I know I have a lot of them. I believe the choice of the right type and colour of canopy determines a MOC a great deal.
8. normal windows and doors. Also car doors.
1. technic beams and tiles with offset stud.
2. rounded...things (mainly 4*4). Mainly anything that can act as a large space engine.
3. smaller rounded things (2*2) and dishes. A very diverse box, but I love rummaging through this.
4. wheels, and some other car parts.
5. wedged plates (I always call them wings). This tub is also huge.
6. a small shopping bag with that kind of wedged plates (pointless wings, I call them) and 4*9 plate with narrowing front. I don't know the official names of these kinds of pieces.
7. a bag with animals and monsters and a bag o' horses.
8. 'organic pointy bits', large and small.
1. trees. Notice the ancient grainy type ones I got from my grandparents. I just love those. I have pointy and rounded ones, and even some bushes. They're real lego.
3. big bag of foliage.
4. rails and sliders.
5. grille and cheese slopes. Grilled cheese, geddit?
6. plates that are largely studless.
7. large assorted bag of fins, legs, wings and anything in the vein of classic space.
8. pipes and hoses, baybeeee!
Okay, so uploading the last grid went a bit wrong. It's larger images again from now on.
Bag of minifigs, sorted by theme. This is er, the one with the underwater skull people, Power miners and Space police.
Battle droids and Atlantis.
Other droids and Rebel scum.
Gungans and ewoks, Castle.
Pirates, Starwars baddies and Exo-force baddies.
Clones and stormtroopers and Classic space astronauts.
Aaand a big pile of unsorted minifigs.
I also have some colour sorted boxes that I intend to use in the near future. Even more canopies here. Can't have enough of those ;)
Well, that's it folks. I'd like to hear your opinion about my sorting methods ;)
And for the record: according to Brickset, I own about 60,000 pieces, not counting six or seven Bricklink orders, plus about 100 older sets (all small ones) that Bricklink doesn't know the piece count of.
I own 598 minifigs.