You've spent hours, days, and months of your life building the Lego kits that are displayed throughout your home. When the time comes to pack those constructed sets up and move them into storage or to a new home, there's some careful planning and actions that need to be taken. You don't want to destroy those sets while they're being transported, so it's important that you take the time to plan, prepare and pack the kits properly. Here, you'll learn a few tips that can help to protect your collection as you move it.
- Digital Camera – or smart phone
- Plastic Wrap
- Can of Compressed Air
Clean the Sets
It can be difficult to keep these sets clean after they've been displayed for years. The best you can do is to use a can of compressed air to blow the dust that has settled onto the set. Hold the can several inches away from the set so that you don't blow it apart as you blow the dust off.
Tip: You may want to do this outside so that the wind can carry the dust away as it's blown off of the sets. Just be sure to put down a drop cloth or sheet to catch any pieces that may come off while you're cleaning them.
Prepare and Pack the Sets
Some sets can be wrapped up with plastic wrap, slid into a box, and tucked in tightly with newspaper, but others will require a bit of disassembly before they can be packed up.
Look over the set and decide if there are pieces that will fall off if you wrap it up whole. For example, airplanes may need to have their wings removed, etc. – anything that hangs out and is not strongly supported.
Take lots and lots of pictures as you prepare the set for packaging. You want to be able to quickly refer to the pictures when the time comes to reassemble the set.
Make sure that the set doesn't shift around in the box when you move it. If it does, use newspaper to fill the voids in the box, tape it closed and use a marker to label the outside of the box so you know exactly what's inside.
If you don't have the time, desire or ability to get this done on your own, contact your local packing service and inquire about any services they may offer to ease your burdens.