I do things a lot like Nathan Wells does (except I use bags for organizing, not organizers because I keep spending my money and forgetting to buy organizers. ). When I buy a set (which it rare, because I only shop on Clearance, but can usually get good deals there), I build it by the instructions, take a few pictures of it, and set it on the shelf for a few days. Usually, I start picking so many parts off the set that it's not even recognizable as a set anymore. Just a pile of bricks. Then I sort them out by color. I never dump them into a big bucket, because cleaning up my room usually takes hours and hours after I finish a film, and that with organizing, so I'd hate to see what would happen if I had to dump a big bucket of random bricks on the desk/floor. The only set I've ever dumped into a bucket is a Chima set I got for cheap, and the only reason I haven't sorted it is because it's got a lot of light blue and purple pieces, and I have nowhere to put those colors.
But yes, I do hate taking apart sets. I finally came to taking apart the Destiny's Bounty, but since it's such a huge set, I just couldn't put it to parts, I put it back into the box (except for the minifigs and some accessories I might use) for later building. I too keep my first (and second) LEGO sets built on the shelf collecting dust because they are so small (and the first one is so broken it's useless except for being on a shelf. ).
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