Continuing the discussion from Lego’s egalitarian instructions from the 1970s:
So, you were a ‘sorter’… I always kept them in one big pile. As a kid I didn’t think about it, I just liked it better that way. Today, I still hold that it is not only more fun, but also more efficient - you don’t wast time with sorting the more common blocks, which you can find easily even in the pile. Every know and then, though, the big search commences for the one special piece you know you have somewhere in the pile… this can take half a day… but also gives the opportunity of coming across a different part that will enable you to do a different solution for your original build problem… a hack, if you will.
Also, I noticed that I actually dislike ‘sorters’ - no personal offence meant. When I grew out of Legos, the pile came to rest in my dad’s basement… a few years ago, the grandchild of my dad’s girlfriend started playing with them. Of course, that’s fine with me… but call me silly, I felt actual disgust when I found that my dad’s girlfriend had … sorted the whole pile… neatly, by type and color… I know it is silly, I haven’t touched the stuff in over 20 years, but it felt like a desecration.