On the right, you can see all the stacked and open containers that used to be organized in the shelving on the left. A mad rush to finish my layout before the last NILTC ( www.niltc.org ) show left me with alot of unsorted brick and open containers. However the real problem was that for the past 6 months, I've been trading for alot of used LEGO, and haven't been sorting out the new sets I've been getting.
This is one of my recent resale shop lots. The equivalent of 3 or 4 of these have entered my home recently, and not been sorted.
This situation is untenable. Over the past week, I've magaged to sort all that brick by color, and separate out all the "special pieces". It may not look like it, but what you see below is probably 8-10 thousand bricks grouped by color, with special bricks sorted by categories such as: windows and doors, round things, tiles and profiles, things that bend, minifig accessories, greenery, etc.
For some folks, that would be the end of sorting, but when you are dealing with a collection numbering in the area of 100,000 bricks, it's just not a good enough storage and sorting solution.
The purpose of this blog is to record the process of sorting, and storing 10,000 bricks into a collection of 100,000+ bricks, and to outline the method used for sorting those bricks. There have been many good threads here and elsewhere onsorting, but not too many showing the whole procedure. The goals of this project are:
1) For all LEGO to be within reach of the workspace with a roll of the chair, but without having to standing up.
2) For any LEGO piece to be locatable with one minute!
3) To make all necessary adjustments to the current sorting/storage system to achieve the above two goals.
4) To have all sorting finished in one months time (November 14th, 2008)
5) To put in place systems to help maintain an organized work, storage, and display space.
6) To record the process for the benefit of the EB community.
Hopefully this short term "Blog" will help me to stay on task and get this done well before the end of the month. I welcome suggestions, questions, comments, and encouragements along the way. If enough useful material is produced from this blog, I will turn it into a proper article at a later date.
Lastly, I'd like to give credit to Alan Bedford. The chapter on sorting in his book the "Unofficial Guide to LEGO" was invaluable for developing my sorting system until now. I have borrowed unashamedly from his suggestions, and will likely continue to do so. The whole book is great reading for any AFOL.
Let the sorting begin!
Edited by Eilif, 15 October 2008 - 03:41 AM.