The ‘Paper’ category is next on our KonMari decluttering spree and it’s a doozy! One HUGE problem area in that category was storing my son’s LEGO manuals. True, you can find most LEGO instructions online so technically you can probably get rid of the paper version, but it’s harder to build using online instructions plus you’re at the mercy of the internet to be able to find them. Previously, I stored them in a binder with plastic pockets that open at the top, but as you all predicted, they bunched up and dumped out the manuals whenever we moved the binder. CATASTROPHE to a sensitive 5-year-old. Thankfully we solved the problem and now our LEGO manuals are super easy to use, plus I whipped up some snazzy free printable LEGO binder covers that you can download too!
Before we used the new system, the binder was overflowing and the instructions (or, ‘constructions’ as my son adorably calls them) always slid out and fell on the floor in a giant pile of fail.
Enough was enough. I decided to invest a few buckaroos and purchase plastic binder envelopes with velcro clasps instead of the flimsy paper protectors we’d used previously. We have a fair amount of manuals (enough to fill two binders!) but managed to use just 10 of the envelopes, so it was a wise investment. They fit perfectly in our three ring binders.
First, we sorted each by LEGO manual by theme. We found all our manuals fit neatly into these categories:
- Star Wars
- Movie & TV sets
- City series
- Juniors series
- Friends series
- Creators series
- Pirates set
- Train set
I used my favorite trusty label maker to label each envelope. I had to include this photo because ‘Low Battery’ was exactly how I was feeling that day (it KNOWS me!)
Now we can easily find and store our manuals.
We keep the binders either on the bookshelf or on top of our LEGO brick station. Oh yes, that beauty will be coming to a blog post near your soon. 😉
I have three different free printable covers for you to chose from! Download your favorite by clicking each image below:
LEGO border free printable binder cover
Full LEGOs free printable binder cover
Red Background free printable binder cover
Now. Who’s gonna help us sort this bucket of LEGOs? EEEEEEK!
Again, here’s what we used to organize our LEGO manuals:
If you’re following along in our Lifechanging Magic of Decluttering series, here’s the posts in order:
- START HERE! How This Little Book will Change Your Life (Plus a KonMari Method Cheat Sheet)
- Free Printable KonMari Decluttering Checklist
- 10 Steps to Declutter Your Clothing Once and For All
- How to Organize Your Underwear Drawer
- How to Declutter Books and Magazines
- How to Organize LEGO Manuals (you are here)
If you have a LEGO fan or two in the house, I’m guessing instruction manual overflow is something you deal with as well. Hopefully this solution works as well for you as it does for us!
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