Organize And Care For A Large Amount Of Lego's

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 One day I realized I have more Lego's than the normal human usually has. Also I realized how unorganized and unsanitary they were. With that said, I decided it was time I should clean and organize them, So I did.
  In this instructable I will teach you how to clean, organize, and care for these wonderful bricks.
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Step 1: What Is Needed

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 What you need to find or buy are in the following list.

1.  two Whitmor Kids' 12-bin Organizer( one mattering on how much Lego's you have )
2.  A large sink or bath tub
3.  One or two large tables
4.  Some time( it took me a day )
5.  a radio or ipod. ( optional )

Step 2: Cleaning

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 First of all, in these Lego's condition's they would not be very good for building right now, so here is what you have to do. First off run some soapy water in the bath or sink. once the bath is ready put all the Lego's in small open topped containers. put them in the bath and stir every once and a while. When you are ready to take them out, shake them in the container  to get any extra junk that might be on them.  Dry with a hair dryer or by towel if you prefer.




Step 3: The Tags

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Before you start to organize them you need to tag your buckets to make sure you know which is which. my handwriting is atrocious, but only because I was in a big hurry. I tagged by color and also small pieces like "Studs" were tagged. The other colors bucket were for anything out of the ordinary.

Step 4: Organizing The Bricks

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 Start by dumping all the Lego's out on the table ( or bed in my case ) and then choose a color you think you have the most of. next find as many of that color in bricks as you can. once you have gotten all of those move to the second most color. I got done with my first 3 colors in about  an hour and a half.
fritsie1235 years ago
You seem to have sorted them by color. Seems to me it isn't very practical to find a certain piece when you need it. Have you considered doing it precisely opposite, i.e. sorting by bricktype and lumping all the colors together?

Washing the bricks is good advice though, but don't use hot water as the bricks will deform. Handwarm water and soft soap work pretty good.
What if he sorted them by shape and color?
iyoni322 years ago

tip for large quantity of tiny bricks, put them in a pillowcase, close it thightly and throw it in the washingmachine on low temp.
LEGO bath hehe :)
chris761084 years ago
Great job!
Did you do that?!
I know that this is late in coming, but as far as washing Lego, I've put them into a lingerie bag and spread them in a layer, 1-2 bricks deep in the top level of my dishwasher without any ill effects. I remove them before the drying cycle, give the bag a good shake over the sink, pour them into a clean towel and let them air dry. I do hand wash any bricks with graphics on them.

Suzanne in Orting, WA
seabananers5 years ago
the stem should be brown ;)
piks5 years ago
You could have saved yourself some time by tying the bricks in a pillowcase and putting them through the washing machine.
vir4go piks5 years ago
What a great idea! That never would have occurred to me. Can you use bleach or will that damage them? Thanks so much!
voemaster (author)  piks5 years ago
I realized that a few minutes after washing them. thanks for telling me.
carlos66ba5 years ago
Sorting by color is not very useful.  You should sort by shape (or groups of shapes, since there are too many shapes).  After all, in most cases one does not really care if the brick is red or yellow...
Soksume5 years ago
Lego is plural for Lego there is no  's
voemaster (author)  Soksume5 years ago
Really!?! I didn't know that. I'll chance it in a day or so