How To Organize LEGOs For Boys The Kid Approved Way

Karen Patten

LEGOs. I tried everything to organize them and to get my son to organize them. I searched Pinterest for tips, tricks, and hacks to organize LEGOs for boys. The LEGO head that sorts them. Under the bed boxes that spread them out for easy viewing. IKEA storage drawers. Organize LEGOs by color, size, or project. I even arranged “special” display space LEGOs that had been built. I was going about this all wrong and I’ll tell you why.

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Your feet have been brutally assaulted by them, you break out in a cold sweat just thinking about the room that’s covered in them, you made yourself hoarse to force encourage your children to clean up their LEGOs, spent countless hours helping to search for that one super special piece. That can’t be found. You’ve looked on the floor, under the bed, and even in the dog’s fur – well, ya’ never know…

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My Son Explained How He Likes to Organize LEGOs For Boys

So here’s the lead in to my ah-ha moment: I asked my son “If you explain to all the parents out there why you have so many LEGOs out at the same time, what would you say?” This was his answer:

My game doesn’t really have a name yet. But I’m hoping to think of one. One of my favorite characters is the leader who I have named after myself. He is still training. He likes fighting. His soldiers are pretty strong. I have to upgrade some of them. I’ve just picked up a random one right now – and all he has is a sword – so I’ll really have to upgrade that! He has a bunch of helmets and I haven’t even put all of them on him yet!

Right now he has on a LEGO Nindroid helmet, a Mr. Freeze face, a Star Wars Clone body and some legs that are white in the middle and the leg part is gray. I’m not sure which set those came from but he looks pretty cool.

He’s holding a weapon I’ve made out of a LEGO Ninjago ghost blade, a black handle piece, and a long golden stick. I’ve called this weapon the staff of elements because you can add different things onto the top like lightning, water, ice, and fire. And I also chose 4 different swords. These are all theme swords that the ninja would use from the Ninjago set except for one that a Screamer used in the Titan Mech battle set.

Have you looked for the very best tips to get the clutter of kids rooms under control and to organize LEGOs for boys? I spent forever looking for storage solutions that were fun, awesome, and creative. But then I figured out why so many of the organization ideas we tried never worked. Here's what you really need to know about those LEGOs on the floor. #LEGO #organize www.themidlifemamas.com

He has six pets: a robotic dragon, a bear, a spider, 2 sharks, and a dog.

I’ve been working on this game for a long time. I really like all the characters I’ve made. The last time my mom cleaned up I even found some of my characters in the bin where I keep all my LEGOs that I’m not using. One of the pieces on the floor is a really cool piece. I might want to build something with it; I could also easily add it to one of the pieces that I’m playing with now.

If it’s cleaned up I’m going to forget where I last was in the story. If I forget where I am in the story – I don’t know what I’ll have to do. That hasn’t happened yet, but I don’t want it to. I would like to be in charge of what goes away and what stays. The last time, I found some of my  guys in the bin and I am still missing some and have no idea where they are.

Have you looked for the very best tips to get the clutter of kids rooms under control and to organize LEGOs for boys? I spent forever looking for storage solutions that were fun, awesome, and creative. But then I figured out why so many of the organization ideas we tried never worked. Here's what you really need to know about those LEGOs on the floor. #LEGO #organize www.themidlifemamas.com

I’ve turned this into Steve’s garage. It has traps everywhere. If you go in there’s water. So he has to have lots of potions so that he can breathe under water. If he forgets to take them – he’s dead. 

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My Secret: Organizing LEGOs Isn’t As Important As My Son’s Play

And I learned so much from his answer. It was a lightbulb moment – an ah-ha moment. The moment has forced me to put my actual parenting where my parenting theory is – so to speak.

So here’s the thing. To my son – his LEGOs are organized. They are beautifully, perfectly, meticulously, and creatively organized. In the midst of what I perceive as crazy clutter lies his story, his play, his work, and his imagination. Imagination!

Pretend play with these tiny plastic beasts that batter adult feet leads to development of integration of separate content, divergent thinking, “self-regulation, reduced aggression, delay of gratification, civility, and empathy. When children use toys to introduce possible scenarios or friends, the representation of multiple perspectives occurs naturally. Taking on different roles allows children the unique opportunity to learn social skills such as communication, problem solving, and empathy.” (source)

I desperately believe that it is a child’s job to play for as long and as hard as possible. It’s beautiful to watch! And it’s how they learn some of the very most important skills that they will ever need! It may all look like chaos and clutter to us, but it comprises an entire world of play for them with stories, characters, friends, activities, conflict resolution, empathy, and so much more. The fact that it looks like clutter to us may just be our failing – not theirs. Join in their imaginary worlds with their imaginary guys, if you’re lucky enough to be invited in.

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I confess, there are times when we do organize LEGOS and other toys – but we very carefully preserve the story. We preserve his imagination, his play, his work, his game, and his development. And that’s worth all the chaos.


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Have you looked for the very best tips to get the clutter of kids rooms under control and to organize LEGOs for boys? I spent forever looking for storage solutions that were fun, awesome, and creative. But then I figured out why so many of the organization ideas we tried never worked. Here's what you really need to know about those LEGOs on the floor. #LEGO #organize www.themidlifemamas.com

9 Comments

  1. Robyn on December 29, 2015 at 2:12 am

    This is really lovely, I’m so glad you took the time to listen to your son’s story about his Lego and appreciate what he was trying to achieve. I hope I will be so open-minded when my boy is old enough to be picking up after himself. Thanks for the great read!



  2. Erin @Nourishing My Scholar on April 21, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Love! We have a designated space for Legos and in that space they can be wherever and however our son wants them. Before we moved it was a room. Now that we are on the farm, our son is building a club house just for his Legos. ?



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  4. Courtney on January 4, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    My son is 14 and this still describes his room and his play (and my struggle to have a clean house). I love your perspective and love that you have reminded me his room will be free from hazardous obstacles – probably when he is in college. Let them play. Let them build. Let them be creative. Clean rooms are overrated



    • Karen Patten on January 5, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Oh noooooo! It lasts until 14??? Lol! I am amazed when my son explains all that he’s doing to me 🙂 There’s time for them to clean later.



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