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LEGO organization and storage…finally!

So, there are three boys in our family.  That means we have legos.  🙂 Lots and lots and lots of Legos.  My almost 10 year old twin boys have been avid Lego builders and collectors since they were 5 and have received Lego sets as gifts for just about every holiday/birthday/special occasion since.  Those tiny bricks are piling up!  For the past several years we’ve stored all the unused Legos in 2 under bed storage bins.  This worked really well because the bins are shallow enough that they can sort through them to find the piece they want but can also be slid out of sight when they aren’t being used.  However, the collection kept growing and the boys were  having to dig deeper and deeper to find the piece they wanted.  (which meant they were more likely to dump them out on the floor to find something!)  It was time for a change!  IMG_9242e

We decided to sort them by color.  This way if they are rebuilding a set from instructions (we keep all the instructions in a box together!), they only need to sort through a much smaller set of bricks to find what they need.  Plus it makes it easier to see the pieces they have if they are creating something from their imagination.  It was a very large task to sort them all…I won’t lie!  It actually took us a couple months…working on it in little chunks of time here and there.  And I wondered if it was worth it several times!  But now that it’s done, we love it!  The shelving units are from Target and the white bins are from the Dollar Tree.  I originally wanted to use the IKEA shelves with the little pull out bins I’ve seen used a lot on Pinterest.  But I like that they don’t have to pull these bins out to get what they want.  They are open enough that they can just reach in.  I may add some velcro to the bottoms though so they can’t be knocked out accidentally!  Each bins holds a different color.  Black and grey bricks needed a few bins of their own…there’s just so many of those!  Lego men and accessories are in one bin together and we have a “to be sorted” bin that holds random stuff we need to sort through.  (for those quick clean ups when we don’t take the time to color sort back into the right bins!)

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So far it’s working out really well.  Our next plan is to add some wall shelves about the storage unit so they have more room to display their creations. Do you have any recommendations for wall shelves?  What’s your Lego organization system?

Merry Christmas!

A belated Merry Christmas to all my blog readers.  🙂  I hope you enjoyed the day with loved ones.  Here’s a photo of my precious loved ones I spent the holiday with… love them so!

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Mom and Daughter Pen Pals

I found this idea on Pinterest a while ago and knew right away it was something I’d love to start with my daughter.  She and I have had an interesting relationship lately… hot and cold to put it nicely.  🙂  I’m hoping it’s just normal 7 year old angst (is there such a thing?!) but I thought that communicating together in a fun way might help bridge the gap.  It’s a simple concept… get a notebook of some kind (I used a composition book that I had altered earlier but never used.  See the tutorial I did here.) and make it pretty.  It could be plain too, but I think dressing it up a little helps it seem more special.  🙂  On the first page write a note inviting your daughter to be your pen pal.  Instead of mailing letters back and forth, you just keep them all in this notebook.  Then leave it on her bed for her to find.  When she writes back, she’ll leave it on your bed.  I used the opening letter found on this site:

Dear ,

Would you like to be pen pals? I thought it would be fun to be pen pals, but instead of sending letters through the mail, we’ll keep them in this notebook. I will write to you, and leave the notebook on your bed. Then, when you want to write me back, you write on the next page and leave the notebook on my bed.

You can write anything you like. It can be funny or serious or anything you want to write. Sound like fun?

Love,

Mom

P.S. Write back soon! XOXOX!

It’s only been a few weeks since we started our notebook and it’s such a sweet treat when I see she’s left it on my bed.  Her little notes are cute and heartwarming…and it helps her practice writing, which is always good!  Here’s her latest response to my letter asking her about the first week of second grade….

I hope this is a tradition we continue for a long time.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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