Case Study

This is how I’ve applied all of the information presented in this guide to my personal living space. A lot of trial and error has gone into this which hopefully can spare you some pain points.

Motivation and situation

This is what I have to work with physically and mentally:

  • 568 sf open floorplan condo
  • 2 closets, kitchen cupboards and under/behind bed for storage
  • Type A personality
  • Clean and neat freak
  • Clutter averse
  • Fan of modern, clean design

Containers

My primary storage containers are ArtBin for loose bricks. They are relatively expensive but I find them very flexible with their movable dividers. They can be found as low as $10 at Joann Fabrics when they are having a sale.

For bulkier items like zip lock bagged sets, bulk brick, GWP boxes, etc. I use the ISIS gasket sealed bin. I have found these have the most usable space inside due to their minimum amount of tapering.

Locations

Closet
The closet adjacent to the living room where I build is my primary storage. I use two wall mounted wire shelves of equal length with the rest of the space open. The middle shelf area is kept as clear as possible to accommodate temporary storage of sets to break down, MOCs in progress, etc. It also makes me feel more calm to open the closet and at least see some empty space.

Since I use ArtBin for most of my part containers, they can be stacked high. Their low profile makes them quite stable. The obvious disadvantage with this is that inevitably the container I want is at the bottom of a stack. Given my situation I can’t get around this issue and simply must deal with it.

The ISIS gasket bins can be placed on their side in more narrow areas. These store my gift with purchase boxes and overflow brick.

Cupboards
The cupboard over my refrigerator serves as a location for smaller set boxes and larger sets in ziplock bags. I’ve taped an inventory of the bagged sets inside the door for reference.

I’ve placed disassembled sets in zip-lock bags inside a crate type container for most efficient storage utilization. The best option I’ve found is the Curver Grey Basketweave Storage Bin. These are stackable, have straight sides with no taper so there’s no lost space and they are the perfect size to hold both 2.5 and 1 gallon zip lock bags. They also work well to hold instruction manuals. Milk crates work great as well.

Bed
Under the bed is reserved as much as possible for MOC storage.

Labeling

Each container is labeled on the front and adjacent side so it can be stored in either orientation. I have a large font label of the part category (Brick, Slope, SNOT) and a smaller label of each part from Tom Alphin’s Brick Architect site. Each of his labels has the name, part number and an image which makes at-a-glance identification very easy.

Display

Displaying builds was a tricky thing to figure out. Since I prefer a minimalist design, having several long shelves on a single wall or spread out over my condo would not work. I could not dedicate floor space to a vertical display cabinet given my smaller footprint. I decided on a single long IKEA floating shelf in the living room for a maxi-minimalist effect. It is a bit crowded but only one is available so it forces me to really decide what to display.

Modular buildings are my favorite theme so most of the display space is devoted to them. A short wall above my desk allowed multiple small IKEA floating shelves, each perfect for indiviaul modulars.

There is unused space under the lip of the bar on the other side of the kitchen. A console table works perfectly for modulars and secondary storage given its shallow depth.

[NOT PICTURED – TO DO]

Folding tables (Hone Deopt) and chairs (IKEA) for building

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