Number One Son has acquired an insane amount of Lego over the years, thanks to kind friends and relatives buying him sets for Christmas and birthdays. It got to the point where there was so much he felt intimidated about building models from instructions because it was hard to find the pieces.
We thus came up with an obvious solution: sorting all the Lego according to colour. We took a trip to IKEA and purchased a couple of basic drawer units and corresponding trays, then spent over a week separating out all the pieces.
Now, I now we're not the first people to ever do this – and there are plenty of examples out there of Lego being sorted in a far more obsessive way, not just by colour but according to type as well – but it is a very pleasing sight indeed.
Needless to say, it is now far easier and quicker to locate the relevant pieces for a model than before. The only downside is that we have lost many (mostly small) pieces over the years so a bit of improvisation is needed for some models.
All we have to do now is to find storage space for all those models that are going to be built!