Tuesday, 12 November 2013

How to Organise and Protect LEGO Instruction Manuals

If you have kids in your house, chances are you have some Lego.  And if your house is anything like mine you have an enormous amount of Lego and lots of those accompanying instruction manuals.

Lego manuals need to be kept for future reconstructions and, unfortunately, they're not particularly long-lasting (or are my boys just way too rough?) 

So, I was looking for a way to store them so that each booklet is protected, easy to locate and able to be kept out of reach of little, not-so-gentle hands and I have found a solution...
 
First up, you'll need the following items: 
* A binder with space for a cover sheet
* Sturdy, clear plastic wallets (regular plastic pockets are too flimsy)
* Filing tab stickers
* A hole punch
* A label maker (optional)
 
The second step is to organise your manuals into categories.  You can separate into each type of Lego or, if you only have a few booklets from a couple of different types of Lego, combine them.
 
I chose to separate ours into: Duplo, Creator, Ninjago, City, Harry Potter, Star Wars Episodes 1 to 3, Star Wars Episodes 4 to 6 and "Other". (Yes, we have a LOT of Star Wars Lego!)

When you have decided on your categories, print or write a label for the filing tabs and stick them on the top of the folder. 
I chose to stagger mine across the top in alternating colours.
The third step is to align your plastic wallets with the folder rings and punch holes to fit them to the folder. Then fill each wallet with the correct manuals.

Finally, I printed a cover for the front of the folder...
 And a strip for the side, to make the folder easier to identify.
So far the system is working well.  Each booklet is super easy to locate and, when my preschool can't reach them, they stay safe and secure in the folder! 

Do your kids love Lego as much as mine?  

Have you seen the new range designed for girls?  They are Amazing!  I'm putting in an order for the dream house for Christmas.

 

2 comments:

  1. This is awesome, thanks! I had to google to find a manual last week! It turned up at the bottom of a bed a few days later, this will be a great solution :)

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    1. Hope it works well for you, Shell. Thanks for commenting : )

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