I labelled each drawer with size and color cards, so this compensates for the loss of the transparency of the plastic bins.
Now I just have to figure out what to do with all of my extra tilt bins I have... though moving them away will certainly be easier then the task of moving in the cabinets (each of which weighed about 200 pounds even after all of the drawers had been removed).
After finishing the model of Bart Simpson I decided to designate a single room in my home as a 'LEGO room'... recently the various tubs and storage bins and tackle boxes were scattered about various rooms.
There are some updated pictures of the room reclamation.
Ahh... sorting... what fun.
Initially I sorted my bricks by size alone, not by color. Why not by color (which to many is the immediate instinct)? Well, suppose you have to find a 1x4 red brick. Would you rather search through a bunch of red bricks of all sizes or through a bunch of 1x4 bricks of various colors? It's easier to spot a color among colors rather than a size among sizes. At least it is for me.
This point became moot though after my collection reached a certain size. Eventually I found that I had so many bricks that I needed to sort by size AND color.
But with 6 basic colors (plus gray as a 7th, less common color) and 10 basic sizes, that's a lot of blue tubs. I had sixty blue tubs (more than that, actually), but did I have the room in my house?
Well, actually, I did. See, you'll remember, I have very little furniture... so it was quite easy to stack up various tubs along the wall of my living room.
That was well and good, but then I really took some initiative and installed some florescent lights in my attic. After that, I had a well-lit space up above where all of my tubs could be spread out, lids off, awaiting the arrival of more recently sorted bricks. I even have pictures of this.
Now, with all of the surplus LEGO in the attic, visitors to my home will have no idea of my weakness for plastic bricks (oh, I guess they might notice all the sculptures about the house... hmmm).
And I do plan to get furniture next week... really.
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