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5 brilliant tricks to organize your kids' Legos, by a mom who's tried it all

My apartment, all four rooms of it, now requires night-vision goggles as a safety precaution.

Otherwise, you’re apt to step on any of the hundreds of sharp, tiny, devious Lego pieces that somehow wind up under chairs, tables, couches and beds — and all over the floor. No matter how much I vacuum or sweep, the Legos remain impervious to any attempts to clean them up.

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It’s almost as if they’re multiplying. And my son loves them. Plus, our one-eyed cat sits on my kid’s desk and, when we’re asleep, knocks all the truly minuscule Legos on the floor and then kicks them around, as though part of some sneaky feline game to make things more complicated.

Given that my son's infatuation with Legos shows no signs of ending any time soon, I’ve decided that the way forward is to figure out how to contain them. My poor bare feet can’t take much more.

Grey Lego Storage Brick 8, $29 - $44, Amazon

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They’re simple. They’re stackable. They hold a ton of swords and shields. These are my pick for the organizers that are easiest on the eyes, and most practical for little hands.

Ideapro Portable Children Convenience Large Foldable Mat (Blue) $10, Amazon

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Dump all your Legos inside this sack, and when your kiddos are ready to play, simply pull it apart and it turns into a play mat. When they’re done, close it shut. It’s pretty magical, but not particularly pretty.

IRIS Medium Modular Latching Box, 8 Pack, $32, Amazon

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The plus: This stackable box is clear, so you can always see what’s inside. The minus: This stackable box is clear, so the mess is right in front of you. But they are durable and the handles are a nice touch.

Lego Man Shelf, $35, Etsy

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My son's room is crammed with every iteration of a Lego figurine, from Iron Man to hologram Iron Man to Batman to Wonder Woman to anything else the company manufactures. Inevitably, they disappear. This is an elegant and practical way of keeping those plastic people contained.

Sterilite 60 Quart ClearView Latch Wheeled Underbed Box, 4-Pack, $61, Amazon

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These are my go-to for hiding toys. My son has all four under his bed, and they're crammed with Legos, various costumes, action figures, and more Legos. They're fairly indestructible and, as they say, out of sight, out of mind.

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