It goes without saying that storage is an issue for all of us regardless of how much space we have available. I suggest that everyone develop what I call an accumulation strategy.
A different way of thinking
Marie Kondo* asks what sparks joy. I had to ask what sparks my strategy for accumulating bricks. I used to indiscriminately buy any set that was on sale which is fine when you are first building up your inventory. Now that I’m running low on space I can’t do that any longer and must ask myself where I’m going to put every set, pick a brick cup, BrickLink and LUG bulk order I consider purchasing.
“Accumulation strategy” has become my mantra out of necessity. To many AFOLs this concept is an anathema.
Always a cost
There is a cost to keeping things around, be it crowding or time in keeping track of and sorting through them. Having limited space, ask yourself how much of it you’re willing to devote to the brick and stick to it. Everyone needs to decide what level of storage density is right for their situation.
When sets come in because I really want them or during moments of weakness I have to make the hard decision about which existing sets to part out. I have decided that if I need something I’ll order it from BrickLink when I have need for it.
Decide what is right for you
“Accumulation strategy” has become my mantra out of necessity. To many AFOLs this concept is an anathema. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, the sooner you consider how you’ll accumulate bricks the easier it will be to keep up with it.
* Could you imagine Marie Kondo trying to deal with an AFOL?