Have you ever been watching a YouTube video and seen someone show off their box full of LEGO instructions? This makes me cringe! They get all beat up, crinkled or maybe even torn! I shudder at the thought.
So what do I do? I use binders. I know a lot of LEGO fans store their instructions in the same manner, but for those of you that don't, please reconsider. Think of your poor instructions that just want to be taken care of.
I have a lot binders because, well let's face it, I have some LEGO OCD. Some of these binders are not very full, but I like to be able to find something when I am looking for it. My trusty label maker (I suggest every LEGO fan get one) has made it easy for me to determine which binder is which, and with a uniformity that I love.
|My LEGO instruction binders. As my LEGO collection grows, so does the amount of binders.|
My favorite binder is my Friends binder. I was, thankfully, not in my dark ages when this theme started. I have been able to get every regular set that's been released in the US, (this does not include polybags, calendars, other gear, etc.) therefore it is the most organized binder.
|This is the largest binder I have right now|
I like to use dividers to break up different categories. I currently have Polybags, Animal Packs, 1st 2012 Release, 2nd 2012 Release, and 1st 2013 Release. I also have one ready for 2nd 2013 Release.
|I keep the polybags up front because they are the smallest instructions and more likely to get damaged.|
Sheet protectors are awesome because you don't have to punch holes in your booklets. You can easily see each set, and don't run the risk of tearing the booklet. A good idea is to stock up during back to school sales.
|Sheet protectors keep the booklets so nice|
One of the main reasons I love my binders-o-booklets is they really help with keeping them flat. I get so peeved when my booklet comes out like a curly fry. Even though I keep my binders upright, you can see from the picture that the booklet isn't really curling anymore. Just being in the binder helps.
|Only a little bit of a curl left|
I even keep my printable instructions in here. It's really worth it in the end.
|Great inspiration for free!|
I highly recommend storing your instructions in some manner that does not involve just a box. You also run less of a risk of losing those instructions that just may inspire you in your own MOCs. I know I use mine as a reference all the time.
How do you organize your LEGO instruction booklets?