Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Death by Legos


So, I'm pretty sure I'll be preaching to the choir if you're the mom of a grade-school aged boy (or Heaven help you, more than one grade-school aged boy), but I'm pretty sure that Legos are going to be the end of me fairly soon.

If I don't bleed out from the gaping foot wounds they inflict at night, I will definitely succumb from mental anguish over the sheer volume of the little beasts! The rate at which they are consuming our available remaining floor space is shocking. They're like block-shaped carpet-locusts.

When we first remodeled our boys' room in 2013 PB (that's "pre-blog"), I thought that a few wall shelves and a dresser top would be plenty of storage and display space for a Lego collection. Ha. Silly Laura. 2016 laughs at you.

My breaking point came this weekend. As I stood in the doorway to the room and surveyed the landscape, there was no end in sight. Piles, stacks, battles, bases, lost Chi, dismembered Kai, X-wings with broken wings, Emmett missing his pants. And it's not fair, really, for the boys to have nowhere to put these creations they spend so much time on. Elaborate sets are left to the perils of the carpet, where they are stepped on and crushed, never to be resurrected (see previous note about my foot wounds). The Lego population had to be dealt with.

These photos only scratch the surface- they were snapped after we cleaned half of them up...





Shudder. In totally uncharacteristic fashion, I did a quick online search for a bookcase, barely measured, called the store and held it, drove over, didn't see it in person, bought it for a whopping $330 (which I NEVER spend, and especially not on a whim), and wrestled it back in the house all in the span of a couple hours.


Much to Ryan's delight, he got to spend the remainder of his weekend assembling it and rearranging wall shelves (with the ensuing patching & repainting of NINE holes in the wall) to accommodate it. I spent the remainder of my weekend organizing the entire boys' room, cleaning it top to bottom, and sorting my little locust-nemeses with glee.


I could NOT be more pleased. This bookcase is a monster size, but it looks just right in the room. It has deep, wide shelves, perfect for showing off the Kylo Ren Command Shuttle and keeping it not-decimated. The wood is beautiful, the metal perfectly coordinates with the grey on the beadboard, and it is such a cool design for kids because-- get this-- foot rail and handles! They are actually allowed to climb the furniture to reach the top shelf (thank you, industrial-strength wall anchors). And it's manly enough to make the transition into the teen years.

For a brief moment I entertained fantasies that the bookcase would be styled just so...


...buuuut it basically just looks like the mess has migrated.


Still, I'm declaring victory because at least they're not on the floor. And I took the opportunity to photograph the room for posterity, since I've never done it, and since for this one brief moment it is free and clear of debris!













Ahhhh. Look at that glorious expanse of carpet. SANITY RESTORED. I WIN LEGOS!!!

10 comments :

  1. I hope you get a chance to read this...it might save your life. My two boys were Lego junkies for years. I realized near the end of their run that if I put a sheet down first, they could play all they wanted and then when time came to clean up...we picked up the sheet and used it as a chute to easily drop them back in their bin. For years I helped pick up (and step on) Legos galore. Wish I had thought of it sooner. Btw...my sons are now 27 and 28 years old! Saved the Legos for my future grandbabies.

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    1. Hi Lisa! Oh my, that is genius! Thank you!! I will definitely have to try that. And aww, so sweet that you saved the Legos! After all of this, I am definitely planning to do the same. How could I bear to part with them?? They'll always remind me of this crazy wonderful season of life. Thanks again for the idea and all the best! ~L

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  2. I am assuming you bought two of those shelves and one is outside my lego infested basement as I type. (running to go look outside....) xx j

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  3. what I meant to say...this is fantastic. I love the shelves. I love the room.

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  4. Very attractive post. Your ideas is good and very imaginative one. I will follow you while I using legos in my home.Thank you.

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