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My husbands boss was doing some decluttering and decided to pass on an enormous collection of legos on to us. It is a seriously HUGE box filled with trillions of tiny legos. My son loves them but obviously can only play with about 20 at any one time. I have his room is a disaster all the time now, covered with legos.<br>
Anyone have any ideas about how to deal? I often "accidently" vaccum some of them up. We have tried smuggling some out in gallon size ziploc bags, but I think they are breeding, it never seems to make a difference!<br><br>
I have suggested that we get rid of half of them and its a huge deal, lots of crying and general freaking out about the idea.<br>
Would you just insist, or let your kid keep all of them?<br>
I hate clutter and his room gives me the heebie geebies<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> No advice but I have to sympathize with you except we have littlest pet shop all over dds room! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: Erin
 

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We have ds's legos in 2 under-the-bed storage containers. Because these are not too deep, he can push the legos around inside the box to find what he is looking for without dumping out the whole box. This is by no means a perfect solution - we still have many legos laying around - but at least the majority stay in the box.<br><br>
Another idea I have seen is to make a big drawstring bag - you could use a round tablecloth and add a drawstring around the perimeter. Open the bag flat and let the child play with legos on it, then draw the string when he's done and the legos will stay inside the bag.
 

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We have one of these Lego cases. I found it at the thrift store for $5.WE went through the legos and kept only what fit in the case.<br><br><br><a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/2-LEGO-STORAGE-CASES-Red-Blue-Containers-HTF_W0QQitemZ190178143453QQihZ009QQcategoryZ1186QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">Lego case</a>
 

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How old is your son? The number he can play with at one time will easily increase to several hundred as he gets older and his attention span lengthens. DH and his younger brother played with legos for years and learned to build elaborate robots, structures, etc.<br><br>
For now, what about putting a reasonable number in a small plastic storage bin. The drawstring bag/round table cloth idea is fantastic.<br><br>
As he grows older and begins to play with a larger portion of the collection, a tarp, table cloth, shower curtain, sheet, etc can be used to spread out and play with the legos on and then easily scoop them all up for storage in a large box.
 

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We had the Lego cases and got rid of them, they were opaque and not nearly big enough. We went to the shallow, transparent underbed containers and it is WONDERFUL.<br><br>
As for picking the bricks up, I remember seeing a Duplo alligator that swept up bricks, but I don't don't if it would work on Lego size bricks.
 

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I think my kids have millions, but they use them all the freaking time. So long as they follow the rules, I don't care.<br><br>
We have them in two shallow clear underbed boxes. If they're using them, they can't be on the carpet - they must be on large placemats. That way, when they're done they can just dump all the little pieces back in the bins.<br><br>
It was hard for them to use the placemats when they were dark colored or patterned. But I had an epiphany and brought them bright white ones, and now they actually prefer building on the placemats because they can see what they're doing more easily against the white background.<br><br>
The only other rule is they don't leave their bedroom with them, because I have nightmares of baby choking. And they must put them all away before bed so I don't step on them in bare feet coming in to kiss them goodnight and tuck them in.
 

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I would love to get hand me down legos. They are one of the few toys my ds will actualy play with. Don't throw them out! They go for quite a bit on Ebay. I love the under the bed box idea, btw.
 

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When I was a kid, my brothers and I would play with legos all the time and we had a ton of them. My mom bought a big blue plastic bin shaped like a treasure chest for storage. Whenever we played with them we had to keep them on a blanket. Then, when we were done all we had to do was fold up the corners of the blanket and funnel the legos back into the bin.<br><br>
I really like the under-the-bed bin idea, though!
 

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I have 3 boys and 15 years of legos the rubbermaid drawers are a life saver. We have 2 sets each has 3 drawers. this saved their legos. oh and a little lego vacume for clean up
 

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We keep them in several large rubbermaid containers. They stay either in the front room or in the garage. I don't let them take them upstairs. We keep a queen sized sheet with the bins, and dump them onto the sheet.
 

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I was thinking the same thing. The underbed containers are wonderful for legos.
 

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definatly look into the underbed boxes. We have the boys legos/bionicles in four underbed boxes -- it completely fills the space under their bunkbed!!<br><br>
having lots available really helps there creativity soar when they are older enough to handle it (problaly ages 6 and up)
 

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My mom still has a big suitcase from when we were kids full of legos. Stores pretty easily and keeps a bunch of them together for easy sorting. I agree with pp's - as they get older can't have too many!
 

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Another idea would be to get a lego table, something that stores lego inside and provides a green play area on top. Then when the children play and leave their creations out, they won't be on the floor (in theory) and they can still be left for a future play session.<br><br>
Here is a list of some tables:<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%2Fref%3Dnb_ss_gw%2F103-5632241-4417427%3Furl%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps%26field-keywords%3Dlego%2Btable%26x%3D16%26y%3D26" target="_blank">list</a>
 

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The lego box I had as a small kid had all sorts of compartments in it; maybe a small stacked drawer unit could organize it all? I had separate sections for the 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 blocks, as well as the various accessories. I was an anal child. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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