We had a pretty ridiculous storage system for our bazillion Lego’s. It was a Rubbermaid bin stored in the corner of the playroom. So this meant when the boys were searching for that one teeny tiny piece the only obvious option for them was to dump the entire bin out. Not cool.
My husband was headed to Charlotte last week so I sent him to his absolute favourite store, Ikea. I think that there is nothing that he hates more than a trip to Ikea. But he did it with a smile on his face (sort of). I gave him the crazy swedish code names for what I wanted and he claimed he was in and out again in 20 minutes. Ikea in 20 minutes doesn’t even make sense to me. I could spend a whole week there, I swear. Maybe that’s why he hates Ikea so much.
Anyways, I sent him in to buy the Ikea Trofast toy storage. Let me tell you it’s the perfect storage solution for Lego. We couldn’t be happier with it. The amazing Jen over at I Heart Organizing was the inspiration for this. She is so brilliant.
Total cost for the 2 units and the bins was $98.65 and no that doesn’t include the soft serve ice cream and cinnamon bun my husband purchased. Guess there are some perks to a trip to Ikea. I know it’s a lot of money for toy storage, but we have our retirement savings plan tied up in these darn Lego’s. So we may as well give them a nice place to hang out.
I followed the directions that Jen from I Heart Organizing gave for labelling the bins. Vinyl can be so expensive especially in all the different colours. So cutting out regular cardstock is a much better option.
To attach the letters to the bins simply apply the letters with mod podge.
I was going to measure all the letters and level everything out. But
I got lazy only had 10 minutes until nap time ended. So I simply put a piece of masking tape along the bottom as my guide. And started with the middle letter and then worked my way out (with the trofast bins there is a little plastic piece right under the lip of the bin in the direct centre. Convenient, right? So I used that as my guide.
The mod podge dries totally clear so all you see are those beautiful letters you cut out.
I still had the Lego Man bunting from Jack’s birthday party a few weeks ago so I hung that above his Lego station. Instructions for the Lego Man Bunting found here.