We’ve covered LEGO storage ideas (including our easy DIY Lego travel case), but now I have an easy solution for all those LEGO instruction manuals! When we get a set, my son first builds the set, using the instruction manual. Of course, over time, the pieces all migrate to our general collection. But he still goes back to the manuals, looking over the steps, and reading how the sets come together, brick by brick.
Our manual storage idea is seriously so simple that I hesitated to write a post about it. But we went through years of instruction manuals floating around the house before I was walking around an office supply store and inspiration struck!
I told my son that I thought we could organize the manuals into the plastic sheets, and he ran with the idea! He placed the manual for each set in its own sheet, and then put them into the binder in groupings by LEGO theme (we have LEGO City, LEGO Castle, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Creator…).
We put the manuals for each set in one sleeve together. For some sets, especially big scenes, the picture on the cover is different for each book. So we looked at the set numbers (usually on the top left of the manual, but I’ve also seen them on the bottom left). We also made sure we had the books in the right order.
Depending on how many different sets you have, you could use dividers for each theme…or even whole binders!
And that’s it! LEGO instruction manuals no longer litter our house!