In the world of LEGO collectors, the storage of your LEGO is a hotly debated topic. Well, not really. But there are a lot of different approaches and methodologies and it depends mostly on how you interact with your LEGO - as collector, a MOC builder etc.
For the most part, we just build the official sets or from instructions on line. So, for the sets we know we're going to rebuild, we package them individually in plastic bags, label them and then store them in Sterilite 6 quart containers. We bought most of these from either the Dollar Store or Walmart, all for $1 or less. Although they do tend to add up after you've bought 70+ ...
The plastic bags might seem like an unnecessary step but it allows us to store multiple sets in a container. Plus the lids pop off quite easily so this prevents spillage disasters. For the larger sets, we store those in different containers. Photos to be posted at a later date.
Love these labels. Oooh, right! That's what a Droid Tri Fighter looks like. Got it.
Our loose LEGO is stored in 4 different types of containers. One is the above mentioned Sterilite container - we use those primarily for large bricks and any element we have in large quantities.
Plano Clear - Large. Bought at Lowes in the tool section (a DIY store in the US) for around $8-9 each. They're good for most medium sized bricks in small to moderate quantities. The dividers go in easily and securely and it's fairly deep - this container is holding all of our 4x6 plates.
Again, everything is labeled.
Plano Clear - Small. Bought at Home Depot (a DIY store in the US) for around $7 each. They're good for most small elements. Our 1x1 and 1x2 plates, tiles etc go in theses. Really happy with these containers although the lids can crack if you ummm... step on them.
This container is Rimax and it's the same size as the Plano Clear Small containers but more shallow so it only holds limited quantities. The best thing about this brand is that the dividers snap off easily (you don't need scissors) and they lock into place - best and most secure divider fit. If we could find larger sizes of this container, it's the only one we'd use.
Next up is also a Plano container. This is the first container we bought once we started sorting our LEGO individually. Can't remember which home improvement store but they were around $8 a piece.
I hate them. They're shit. Oh my!! So much hatred for a plastic container?! Seriously though, the dividers slide out very easily and if you're storing small elements, they can move in between compartments. Plus, the red makes it hard to see what you're looking for unless you're in a bright lit room. I had to jack up the exposure on this shot so you could see the different slopes.
I would highly recommend staying clear of any containers with colors, especially red and black. Clear is the best way to go.
Lastly, these containers are from Joanns, a US fabric/hobby store. These are jewelry/bead containers that I re-purposed to hold minifigures and other LEGO that I have in small quantities. The dividers are molded into the container so you can't move them.
I guess you could say that I'm fairly obsessive about how I store my LEGO. Which might explain why we were at Home Depot last night buying wall mounting shelving to customize the closet. Today's project! Can't wait for the finished results.