Sunday, September 9, 2012
The eternal struggle with space - Part 1
I admit I have picked up quite a bit since coming out of my dark ages. It's something I'm sure most people have experienced after missing so many years of great sets. It's also something I need to seriously start thinking about more, as I have run out of space to display what I have built so far.
My first priority is to get more shelves up in the room. I currently have about eight foot of shelf space sitting above the theater seating in the room and a second eight foot section along another wall. I also have a few sets out randomly around the room and a tall IKEA display case I picked up so I would not have to dust sets as often. Both sets of shelves are about 10 inches deep, which is ideal for the depth of your standard baseplate on sets like the modular buildings.
My first plan is to further condense our CD collection and box it up, seeing as how most of what we listen to anymore is stored and played on a computer or mp3 player. I can use this space to add a few rows of wall mounted shelves that can display some smaller sets. Those will likely be the ones that get rotated out more often.
Eventually, I want to have a city layout on a table with a train. The room is not big enough for a very large display, but I can probably get something decent in there.
As for deconstructed sets or stuff that's still NIB...things are a bit of a mess right now. I have a pretty good sized storage area built off of the room with custom shelves and it's doing the job just fine for the time being. The problem is that I've already accumulated quite a few new sets and I can see that continuing to grow in the coming years. Easiest solution at this point - continue selling stuff that I no longer want or need in the house. At this point, that priority is going to focus in on a rather large and ill advised collection of comic books from my youth. The benefit of this plan, of course, is that I have more money to spend on new LEGO!
So, what have you done to accommodate your collecting habits? Do you have a small space or a big one to work with? Is that space dedicated to LEGO or do you share it with other items? How often do you retire sets from display to make room for new stuff? Or are there certain sets that never get packed away?