Yikes, right? No wonder the poor kid didn't want to play with his Lego's. It was an absolute mess in there!!! Absolutely zero organization to the Lego's not to mention just looking at this makes me over stimulated and I can't focus on ANYTHING (much like how I feel when I go to Michael's, Hobby Lobby or TJ Max - EEK!). So, I set to work on organizing the Lego's within the drawer unit:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40198396/#/00198402) for $29.99 (and put it together myself...thank you), I had purchased the handled containers from The Container Store (http://www.containerstore.com/shop?productId=10022155&N=&Ntt=baskets+with+handles) online for $4.99 each, and then I purchased 8 Sterilite containers with lids for $2.99 each at Walmart.
It took me 2 hours total to complete this project. I separated the Lego's by color rather than size/shape, put the instruction manuals in a container, and an entire container is dedicated to Lego people and their many outfits and accessories. The baskets with handles home the Lego sets that are already built, just not being played with at the moment. The top of the table has his police station (took Santa 3 hours to build that sucker...at least that's what he told me) and a large base for his imagination to go nuts. I did use some ticky-tack, tacky-tape, sticky-tack (no idea what you call it, but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about) under both the bases on the top to keep them from sliding all over the place.
Peanutty now spends a lot more time in his room building away. We have also found it much easier to find pieces when rebuilding a set by the instruction manual. All around, this was a great investment. I wanted something a little smaller (Peanutty's room isn't huge) and to serve a dual purpose. The table is square and smaller than the coffee table we were previously using, and the containers fit perfectly under it so it's nice and contained in a smaller area. I also like that he has freedom to move all around the table since it's in the middle of his room.
- Hy-Vee and Fareway have boneless-skinless chicken breast on sale for $1.88/lb. this week...so you bet your sweet booty I'll be "that" woman with a cart full of chicken tomorrow.
- Remember my freezer basket full of cheese? Well, this week at Hy-Vee they have it on sale 2 for $5. I purchased ours for $1/bag. That's a whole $1.50/bag of savings. Keep your eyes peeled people, those ads will save you money!!!
- As a Valentine's Day gift, hubby and the littles bought me Washi tape, including yellow! I had to upgrade to a larger container...which looks half empty...which means, I'll be hitting up www.cutetape.com. Yikes! I may need to get a second job for this addiction.
- I just realized that I didn't label the Lego instruction manual container OR the Lego people container...I will be fixing that right after I publish this!