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#1 of 8 Old 08-13-2008, 01:51 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Tired of stepping on Lego all day? Tired of having to pick up a zillion tiny pieces over and over and over? I have the most genius idea for Lego storage ever.

I give you- The Lego tray! See here.

Build your own for less than $20 for materials! Save toes! Save sanity! It works so well for our family and I must spread my genius to the all the poor, crazed mothers of 5-15-year-olds across the world!

Quickly, go to your nearest lumber yard, have them cut you a piece of masonite (tempered) and several lengths of 1x2s to the dimensions that will fit beneath your child's bed or your den's sofa. Glue the pieces together (slick side down), add finishing nails and a coat of paint (if you desire - top portion only) and see how easy it is to break the chains of Lego enslavement.

note - some Lego will still escape, but the addition of one child-sized dustpan will make cleanup a cinch!

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: I love, love love it!!!! I think I can make one for the billion hot wheels too! Thank you for sharing!
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What a great idea! Thanks

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The final solution!!! hahaha

Actually, that would not work for us unfortunately. The lip would not be tall enough for us. Also, legos seriously travel in this house. My boys build a lot of Bionicles and other creatures and they are mobile.
Here is what works for us:
We have banned legos for their bedroom. That only works for awhile, but we keep reinforcing it. I have now told them they can have Bionicles in their room. We keep the bulk of the Legos in a big (30 gallon) sterilite bin that stays in the garage (in rainy winter) or outside during summer. There is a huge sheet with it and they can dump their legos onto the sheet and return them to the bin when they are done. Inside, there are a few well placed smaller lego bins that satisfy them for day to day use.
I am glad you have found a solution that works for you though!
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Not for the faint of heart:

Just as a warning, the lego/bionicle building obsession doesn't end...my ds1 is 13 and STILL building strong. The entire floor of his room is covered with bionicle body parts and legoes.

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The final solution!!! hahaha

Actually, that would not work for us unfortunately. The lip would not be tall enough for us. Also, legos seriously travel in this house. My boys build a lot of Bionicles and other creatures and they are mobile.
Here is what works for us:
We have banned legos for their bedroom. That only works for awhile, but we keep reinforcing it. I have now told them they can have Bionicles in their room. We keep the bulk of the Legos in a big (30 gallon) sterilite bin that stays in the garage (in rainy winter) or outside during summer. There is a huge sheet with it and they can dump their legos onto the sheet and return them to the bin when they are done. Inside, there are a few well placed smaller lego bins that satisfy them for day to day use.
I am glad you have found a solution that works for you though!
Because this is where the Lego are, the idea of them belonging (and staying) there has grown steadily. We had a few instances where the boys worked in unison to dump the whole tray, but they only did it three times (twice very close together), and have now really given it up. Keeping them in the tray helps to reinforce the notion of them belonging there.

It's not a perfect system - it involves children, after all - but it does work much nicer than trying to control bins. Plus I don't have to make up a bunch of rules. The structure itself imposes the control. I only occasionally have to reiterate it verbally. Much less frustrating overall than when we used a sheet or bins or any other solution I'd tried.

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Fabulous! DH and I are always in search of the better mouse trap, so to speak.

Now to convince DD that she doesn't need her trundle bed to actually slide back under DS'...(we need that space for LEGOs, little mama!! )

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Not for the faint of heart:

Just as a warning, the lego/bionicle building obsession doesn't end...my ds1 is 13 and STILL building strong. The entire floor of his room is covered with bionicle body parts and legoes.
This actually makes me smile. I'd be happier if my kid were building Lego than performing Jackassian stunts or whatever other nonsense 13-yos get into before they're ready.

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