Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lego Storage Labels (Free Download) **Updated**

It's lego organizing time!

Do you have piles like this at home?
In a big mess.
And the kids can't find anything they're looking for.
Seriously, I took all these boxes out of the boys' closets.
Wouldn't it be nice if the Lego Maker People sold the legos in nice boxes that could be used as storage?
Of course they wouldn't do something so wonderful.
If they did, they would charge waaay too much for it.
I looked on the internet to find out how other people store legos.
Mostly, I just found grown up men who have huge, expensive storage systems.
While that level of organized is appealing to me,
it costs too much money and most importantly ...
the kids need to be able to put the legos away without my help.
I did find a cool website where you can design your own lego people and save the image.
This is a picture of me at work.
The website is called Reasonably Clever.
If you want to try, just go to the section called "Mini-Mizer."
They have different versions that do different things.
They even have a kid-safe one
(in case you don't want your kid making lego people that drink beer and smoke).
Here's a cute little skater dude I made.
I made a label for each lego storage drawer
using a lego font from TypeNow.
Printed them on card stock.
Cut them all apart.
I sprayed them with Preserve It! to protect them from busy, dirty hands.
This step is completely unnecessary.
Brief intermission to see a handsome fellow
who was following me around while I did this project.
Here's what I ended up with:

The legos are all sorted by color,
and each color has a drawer.

I didn't want to ruin the sets that weren't built yet,
so with the exception of the boxes on the top shelf
(which will be getting their own drawers soon),
the rest of the sets are in big plastic drawers in the other bedroom.
**I realize I spelled Gray incorrectly.  I fixed it.  I didn't feel like re-taking photos**
I glued them on with just a little bit of hot glue on each end.
Not a big pile anymore,
not too organized that they can't clean it themselves.
A while back, I found these little hampers at the Dollar Spot at Target.
They are perfect for dumping legos when the kids
are cleaning but don't have time to sort them back into the drawers.
Click below if you would like to download the label files.

If you use the MS Word version, you can alter them, but you will need to install the lego font to your computer if you want that specific font (the download file has the link to the website where you can download the lego font).

If you don't want to edit the labels, use the PDF version and you won't need to install any lego fonts.

I hope that's not too confusing.

Click Here to download the MS Word version.
Click Here to download the PDF version.

**Update**
I have put the downloads on a different host site.  The first one I used was requiring blog readers to register, and that's no good.  The new one should not require registration.
Sorry 'bout dat.

Have fun!

Linking up to:

UndertheTableandDreaming



inspired room

We're Organized Wednesday at Organize Your Stuff Now

22 comments:

Cristin@ Serendipity said...

What a great system...

Nene said...

This is perfect for my Lego obsessed children and their organizing obsessed momma! THANK YOU!

Kelley said...

OMG.... that is awesome. I would love to do that; I am not sure my son would seperate the colors=(
But I can dream.
Great work1

Leanne said...

What a great system and it looks pretty. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday until this Saturday. I would love for you to join the party. Hope to see you there.

Nene said...

Hmmm...I had issues trying to download this the other day and had the same issues today. It says you have to add me in order for me to view the file?!? Help! :) Thanks!

TheFiveDays said...

Fabulous!!!

Misti said...

This is fabulous!!! I have been searching for a system for my boys!!! Thank you!

I tried to download your labels & it said that you need to add me to your sharing controls.

Brandy Payne said...

Same here. Love them! However, I need to be added to view/save the file. Could you please? Thanks.

Bekki said...

What a great idea! However we mostly have sets that they want to keep together. How do you manage those? It seems that just throwing all the power miners in a drawer would still be to much to sort through, some of those sets have hundreds of pieces. We are in the process of re-doing the boys room and new lego storage is a must! What we have now is not working. I think I will start with what we call the "everything" legos. Those are the ones that we find at yard sales and they just build with creatively. Those would be perfect by color. Think I'l get to target tomorrow for some storage!

Melanie said...

I love it! I have been trying to figure out the best way to store my 3 boys legos (and they are all lego addicts), this is definitely the best system i've found so far!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

We've been trying to sort my son's Legos and I can't figure out the best system. at first I thought by COLOR, then he insisted on sorting just by TYPE (ugh.) So all of 1 certain type of block goes HERE, etc. It's half sorted, and I don't have the right containers yet. I want to wait until we sort through more before we buy more organizers!

also, he has LOADS and LOADS of "special pieces" (little random specialty pieces) that are a huge nightmare to try and sort! I have to keep working on this, lol.

PLUS, he always wants to keep sets "together."

Maybe drawers like you have, I'm not sure. This gave me some ideas, though. I also like the little canvas bags for tossing pieces into until they get sorted...thanks for the ideas. Gotta start working on this project again, they are driving me crazy!

Nene said...

Thanks for fixing the download! Can't wait to get these printed and in use!

Sandy Jenney said...

Legos can be so hard to organize
That looks great!
Thanks

Toni said...

This is great organization. I would love for you to link up to my organizing party here... http://abowlfulloflemons.blogspot.com! Its from yesterdays post. Great job!

JM said...

I would LOVE to know where you purchased your plastic drawers? I want to talk my husband into doing this project with the kids for mother's day!! I love the tall plastic drawers you have and the smaller/thinner set... Would love to know?
Thanks!

Tiffany said...

Thank you for letting us download your labels. My husband is so tired of helping our 5 year old put them away, but this will help so much.

Missi said...

Love the organization and also love the Corgi. We have one too that is 10 years old!!

missi said...

Just wanted to say thanks for great tips ad we love your dog. We have a corgi too.

Janna Mann said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one... =)NICE!!

Kelley said...

I love the labels, I hope you don't mind a link back from my site www.missinformationblog.com it will be up later today

Anonymous said...

Just organized my boys' legos and used your labels! They turned out awesome. I laminated them first and then used my Xyron sticker maker to stick them on the trofast bins!

Gabrielle said...

Super cute labels, thanks for sharing!