Last time, I shared the purchasing and unloading of those LEGO® sets. Today, I’m going to share the initial sorting of all those pieces.
With this many sets, initially it was 100 sets but we’ve added 20 since, assembly line style works well. We had 4 workers, so we divided and conquered. Yes, even the toddler helped!
Division of Labor
The Professor cut seals on boxes, removed plastic handles and collapsed the boxes for storage. These will all be recycled. Little Man, age 7, dumped the contents of the boxes on the floor and put all the instruction manuals in one pile. Mr Wigglesworth, age 2, and I started sorting bags by color. All green in a bin, all purple in a bin, etc. Once all the boxes were emptied, Little Man helped sort into bins.
The Professor got the boxes nicely stacked, plastic handles all in one bag, all the instruction manuals in a bag and all these items into a temporary storage location until we take them for recycling.
Bags of Bags of LEGO®
In the end, we had 8 30 gallon trash bags full of the LEGO® bags, all sorted by color. The next step in terms of pieces is to part each color set by piece and color (since the green bags have green, lime, light green, etc) and get them up for sale. All those plastic bags are also recyclable, so we gather them and take them to the recycling center.
Enjoying the results
Did you know a key part of developing a habit is to just take a quick moment to enjoy the results? I suspect this plays into teaching kids a good work ethic, as well. So, we took a moment to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Is there a particular piece or color you are interested in? Something you need in large quantities? Please ask! We’ve got plenty of LEGO® waiting to be parted out and if we know what our customers want, we can prioritize those pieces.