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 Author: swimboy09 View Messages Posted By swimboy09
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swimboy09 (0)

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Apologies for asking an old question....but have a massive lego collection in
boxes that needs sorting out before I start having fun again.
I have read options for storage and sorting , but really need the up to date
on how best to get ready eg by colour then shape ,leaving the larger plates in
boxes, mini figures on boards, specialised pieces in individual boxes......but
how many dividers should each box be to house each colour.

Any other advice would be gratefully appreciated

Swimboy09
 Author: BrainOfTheBrick View Messages Posted By BrainOfTheBrick
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In Announce, swimboy09 writes:
  Apologies for asking an old question....but have a massive lego collection in
boxes that needs sorting out before I start having fun again.
I have read options for storage and sorting , but really need the up to date
on how best to get ready eg by colour then shape ,leaving the larger plates in
boxes, mini figures on boards, specialised pieces in individual boxes......but
how many dividers should each box be to house each colour.

Any other advice would be gratefully appreciated

Swimboy09

For sorting a large personal collection I would recommend using Teup's 9
basic category's, but I don't remember them. Maybe he can tune in sometime.

I think it was something like this:

1. Technic
2. Minifigures
3. Tiles/Panels
4. Brick modified
5. Bricks/Arches
6. Plate
7. Plate Modified
8. Slopes
9. Other

They are roughly the same size. Since I don't have tons of those tiny drawer
sets (nor do I have wall space for them), I prefer sorting my personal collection
by these category's or similar category's (personally I like to add
a category for tiny parts 1x1 and under). I don't even sort by color. Besides,
I kind of like having to dig through some other parts to get the parts you need,
because then sometimes you run into a part you weren't thinking of that works
better then the one you were thinking of. That's me though, I know many builders
who spend half the value of their collection on buying drawer sets and the like.
 Author: SylvainLS View Messages Posted By SylvainLS
 Posted: Sep 11, 2019 20:00
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In Announce, BrainOfTheBrick writes:
  In Announce, swimboy09 writes:
  Apologies for asking an old question....but have a massive lego collection in
boxes that needs sorting out before I start having fun again.
I have read options for storage and sorting , but really need the up to date
on how best to get ready eg by colour then shape ,leaving the larger plates in
boxes, mini figures on boards, specialised pieces in individual boxes......but
how many dividers should each box be to house each colour.

Any other advice would be gratefully appreciated

Swimboy09

For sorting a large personal collection I would recommend using Teup's 9
basic category's, but I don't remember them. Maybe he can tune in sometime.

I think it was something like this:

1. Technic
2. Minifigures
3. Tiles/Panels
4. Brick modified
5. Bricks/Arches
6. Plate
7. Plate Modified
8. Slopes
9. Other

Teup’s:

1. Bricks & Arches
2. Brick Modified & Round
3. Plate
4. Plate Modified
5. Slopes
6. Technic
7. Tile + Panel
8. Minifig
9. Other


  They are roughly the same size. Since I don't have tons of those tiny drawer
sets (nor do I have wall space for them), I prefer sorting my personal collection
by these category's or similar category's (personally I like to add
a category for tiny parts 1x1 and under). I don't even sort by color. Besides,
I kind of like having to dig through some other parts to get the parts you need,
because then sometimes you run into a part you weren't thinking of that works
better then the one you were thinking of. That's me though, I know many builders
who spend half the value of their collection on buying drawer sets and the like.

Yep, you start with a couple 40-little-drawers and a few bigger ones. “It will
be plenty.”
Then you sort your parts and begin filling them. “Oh, seems I’ll need one more
of this and two more of that and it’ll be all.”
… and then you buy a few new parts or break down a model and you need more drawers
(for new types or because they’re overflowing).
… rince and repeat and then you have dozens of them


Some people (mainly sellers I guess) prefer bigger drawers and little baggies.
I use paper boxes.¹

¹ That is, simple folded open boxex: a cross with flaps, not even glued. They
can be moved easily. Different sizes. They help sort little thingies or colours
in bigger drawers. They can be used for sorting in the living room and then
emptied in their siblings in the workroom.
 Author: randyipp View Messages Posted By randyipp
 Posted: Sep 11, 2019 20:53
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In Announce, SylvainLS writes:
  Teup’s:

1. Bricks & Arches
2. Brick Modified & Round
3. Plate
4. Plate Modified
5. Slopes
6. Technic
7. Tile + Panel
8. Minifig
9. Other


This looks like a solid place to start. I would suggest starting with a very
inexpensive method of bagging them in large zip bags. If you have a fixed amount
of lego you can do this pre-sort, see what you have, and then decide on storage
afterwards. This way you don't end up with too small and constrictive of
a storage system, or too large.
 Author: Brickitty View Messages Posted By Brickitty
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In Announce, SylvainLS writes:
  Teup’s:

1. Bricks & Arches
2. Brick Modified & Round
3. Plate
4. Plate Modified
5. Slopes
6. Technic
7. Tile + Panel
8. Minifig
9. Other

Those 9 categories are very useful. My first-step organization includes a little
more than twice as many categories, which might be useful if someone wants a
bit more organization. I use these categories as my first step, and then I take
each of these bins and organize down to individual part type.

My categories are based on the distribution of parts in a typical large Lego
lot, so that none of them are filled too quickly or too slowly. Here are my categories,
and the size of the bins I put them in:

1. Bricks (large)
2. Modified Bricks, Arch Bricks, Round Bricks, and Cones (large)
3. Plates (large)
4. Modified Plates (large)
5. Slope Bricks (large)
6. Wedge Bricks and Wedge Plates (large)
7. Technic (large)
8. Tires, Wheels, Windscreens, and Vehicle Parts (large)
9. Bionicle, Hero Factory, and Large Figure Parts (large)
10. Tiles (medium)
11. Panels and Cylinders (medium)
12. Brackets (medium)
13. Hinges (medium)
14. Minifigures (medium)
15. Minifigure Accessories and Modified Fig Parts (Droids, Skeletons, etc.) (medium)
16. Animals and Animal Accessories (medium)
17. Doors, Windows, and Glass (medium)
18. Plants and Propellers (small)
19. Bars, Antennas, Levers, and Arms (small)
20. Dishes (small)
21. Chains, Containers, Fences, Flags, and Rocks (small)
22. Other (large)
 Author: Teup View Messages Posted By Teup
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In Announce, SylvainLS writes:
  In Announce, BrainOfTheBrick writes:
  In Announce, swimboy09 writes:
  Apologies for asking an old question....but have a massive lego collection in
boxes that needs sorting out before I start having fun again.
I have read options for storage and sorting , but really need the up to date
on how best to get ready eg by colour then shape ,leaving the larger plates in
boxes, mini figures on boards, specialised pieces in individual boxes......but
how many dividers should each box be to house each colour.

Any other advice would be gratefully appreciated

Swimboy09

For sorting a large personal collection I would recommend using Teup's 9
basic category's, but I don't remember them. Maybe he can tune in sometime.

I think it was something like this:

1. Technic
2. Minifigures
3. Tiles/Panels
4. Brick modified
5. Bricks/Arches
6. Plate
7. Plate Modified
8. Slopes
9. Other

Teup’s:

1. Bricks & Arches
2. Brick Modified & Round
3. Plate
4. Plate Modified
5. Slopes
6. Technic
7. Tile + Panel
8. Minifig
9. Other


Well remembered guys So just to clarify, yes, it's just a method of temporarily
cutting a large heap of completely mixed parts into 9 managable chunks before
sorting them further. I've only done this 3 times so far, so I don't
have enough experience with it to say if fewer or more categories would be
better as a first step. But I do know 9 has the convenience of putting 3 containers
(I use icecream containers) on the left, 3 on the right, and 3 at the top (to
empty into large zip bags every time they're full) so it's a quick way
of making something like that less daunting without needing a whole lot of organisation
yet.
"Other" is slightly bigger, but also due to it containing most of the large parts.
(Plate Round with Plate Modified by the way)
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In Announce, Teup writes:
In Announce, SylvainLS writes:
  
  In Announce, BrainOfTheBrick writes:
[…]
  
  I think it was something like this:

1. Technic
2. Minifigures
3. Tiles/Panels
4. Brick modified
5. Bricks/Arches
6. Plate
7. Plate Modified
8. Slopes
9. Other

Teup’s:

1. Bricks & Arches
2. Brick Modified & Round
3. Plate
4. Plate Modified
5. Slopes
6. Technic
7. Tile + Panel
8. Minifig
9. Other


Well remembered guys

I managed to not realize they were the same in a different order


  So just to clarify, yes, it's just a method of temporarily
cutting a large heap of completely mixed parts into 9 managable chunks before
sorting them further. I've only done this 3 times so far, so I don't
have enough experience with it to say if fewer or more categories would be
better as a first step. But I do know 9 has the convenience of putting 3 containers
(I use icecream containers) on the left, 3 on the right, and 3 at the top (to
empty into large zip bags every time they're full) so it's a quick way
of making something like that less daunting without needing a whole lot of organisation
yet.
"Other" is slightly bigger, but also due to it containing most of the large parts.
(Plate Round with Plate Modified by the way)

I think 9 is a good number for our little brains too

There’s always the nagging idea that tier-sorting means you manipulate each part
several times, that it would be more efficient to just pick one part and store
it correctly in one go. But then, even the smaller sets have dozens of types
of parts.
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In Announce, SylvainLS writes:
  There’s always the nagging idea that tier-sorting means you manipulate each part
several times, that it would be more efficient to just pick one part and store
it correctly in one go. But then, even the smaller sets have dozens of types
of parts.

Yeah, giving in to that feeling is exactly how I started out The whole livingroom
floor littered with little containers. Every time I've checked the whole
pile 3 times and was absolutely sure there wouldn't be any more of a particular
part and it's safe to tidy it up, I'd go upstairs and empty the container,
only to come back spotting another three of those parts one minute back into
sorting It's really amazing how blind we are
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I thought the best way to sort your personal collection was to keep it all mixed
and piled up. Once you look at the huge mess of Lego, you'll throw your
hands in the air, and just buy what you need from BL.

That's my method. It works well.

  
Well remembered guys So just to clarify, yes, it's just a method of temporarily
cutting a large heap of completely mixed parts into 9 managable chunks before
sorting them further. I've only done this 3 times so far, so I don't
have enough experience with it to say if fewer or more categories would be
better as a first step. But I do know 9 has the convenience of putting 3 containers
(I use icecream containers) on the left, 3 on the right, and 3 at the top (to
empty into large zip bags every time they're full) so it's a quick way
of making something like that less daunting without needing a whole lot of organisation
yet.
"Other" is slightly bigger, but also due to it containing most of the large parts.
(Plate Round with Plate Modified by the way)
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  In Announce, Teup writes:
Teup’s:

  1. Bricks & Arches
2. Brick Modified & Round
3. Plate
4. Plate Modified & Round
5. Slopes
6. Technic
7. Tile + Panel
8. Minifig
9. Other


  it's just a method of temporarily cutting a large heap of completely mixed parts into 9 managable chunks before sorting them further. I've only done this 3 times so far, so I don't
have enough experience with it to say if fewer or more categories would be
better as a first step. But I do know 9 has the convenience of putting 3 containers
(I use icecream containers) on the left, 3 on the right, and 3 at the top (to
empty into large zip bags every time they're full) so it's a quick way
of making something like that less daunting without needing a whole lot of organisation

I do like your method of keeping everything in similar sized/ containers.
So right about the daunting effect.

The method I employed of 4 groups leaves a very large variance of container sizes.

A) 1x1 footprint (bricks, plates, tiles, modified & Technic pins up to 2L)
B) 1x2, 1x3, & 2x2 footprint (plates, tiles, mods, dishes, rounds, technic pins
up to 3L; flat pieces only, brick height pieces aren't in this category)
C) General "medium sized" pieces. (subjective)
D) Large pieces (plates over 4x8/ 6x8, and other large / rare parts)

Current collection sorting method takes up the following space.

A) In two 6qt containers
B) In four 6qt containers
C) In 3 large 17 gallon totes going to be daunting to sort, if I ever do
D) In one large 17 gallon tote

*note, all figure parts/accessories go in the store so that's not included.
*i also added an E) category for base-plates since those do not play friendly
with mixed piles if not stacked neatly.

Also, be sure to check out the methods of some valued forum members from the
replies to this message;
https://www.bricklink.com/message.asp?ID=1123681
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In Announce, swimboy09 writes:
  Apologies for asking an old question....but have a massive lego collection in
boxes that needs sorting out before I start having fun again.
I have read options for storage and sorting , but really need the up to date
on how best to get ready eg by colour then shape ,leaving the larger plates in
boxes, mini figures on boards, specialised pieces in individual boxes......but
how many dividers should each box be to house each colour.

Any other advice would be gratefully appreciated

Swimboy09

That is quite a question. Usually I am starting with someone elses mixed up box
of lego so the first thing is to remove all the large parts. I separate anything
partially built so I can see if the rest of that model is present. Then I separate
bricks 2 x X and then bricks 1 x X. Straight slopes go in one box and multi faceted
straight slopes in another.
Curves and curved slopes go together. Round pieces go together. Decorated pieces;
plates 1 x X; plates 2 x X; 1 x 1 plates square go together. 1 x 2 plates go
together included modified ones. Technic has its own category, cogs and wheels,
axles, liftarms, bushes and pins all get separated.
It is important to have storeage that is not deep but wide so you can see what
you have.
The Really Useful box range is very good. And also I use zippy bags for sub set
separation. Vileda are the strongest, cheaper makes are rubbish I find.