When we were just starting out our LEGO collection was sorted rather simply. All standard bricks dumped in an underbed storage box (shallowness aided in finding pieces quickly.) We then had, I think, six pencil boxes with specialty pieces. Minifigs and accessories, small plates, large plates, automobile parts, technic, and one that held all "detail" pieces.
Our current method is somewhat more cumbersome.
*Standard bricks are separated by color in blue tubs. We started out sorting by size, but then if you wanted to build anything you had to have all six boxes out. My husband hates this, but it is much easier for my five year-old.
*Larger elements (ex. arches, wheels, technic, animals, etc.) are organized in clear Sterilite boxes of various.
*Smaller elements (ex 1x1 plates, steering wheels, tiles, etc.) are in fishing tackle boxes. The compartments are adjustable and the boxes are available in various depths. I stack them without the lids so you can slide the slide the box out and easily pull out what you need.
Our entire collection is stored on 3 chrome baker's racks from Costco.
My advice to someone starting sorting from scratch:
- Use clear boxes so you can easily see what's inside.
- I've found it is nice to have matching boxes. Not only do they stack better, but it is easier to put away when the lids are all the same.
Hope this helps! Kristine Kristine