Storage Locations

Other than choosing the actual storage containers, location is the most important decision and the one for which you will likely have the least amount of options. The choices made can have an effect on build spontaneity so take that into consideration.

The most common options

Closet – free standing racks/bookshelf, wall mounted wire rack/shelf, or stacked containers. 

Cupboards – Free standing wire racks from the kitchen or bathroom section of Target or Walmart can provide stable vertical storage in a cupboard. Depending on the space available you may be able to use baskets.

Under/behind bed – I try to confine this area to MOC storage. Putting parts or sets here tends to produce an “out of sight, out of mind” situation.

Out in open – If you have a dedicated room or don’t mind your storage visible this is definitely an option.

Offsite – For large collections this is certainly an option. Renting a storage container for brick storage, absent a business such as a BrickLink store, is not something I can imagine ever doing. In addition to the monthly cost, keeping track of exactly what is in the remote location is potentially problematic.

Optimize where possible

Unbuilt sets in original boxes have a lot of wasted space. Pulling out the polybags, placing them in bulk storage and breaking down the boxes can free up a lot of room.

There’s also consideration for sub-storage of active builds and projects. The location of your storage can influence your creativity and flow if you have to dig for bricks. I tend to use shallow trays to hold them.

Watch it!

If you stack containers in your closet be sure to leave room around any sprinkler heads it might contain. Blocking them is bad news and if you stack too close they can potentially be damaged when you move around containers.

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