Ahhh, there is nothing better than seeing small things organized in clear containers with dividers. It is positively yummy, so when one of my fav organizers Alejandra Costello shared how she organizes her nails and batteries, I thought “oh duhh, why haven’t I already done that?”. Sometimes, it’s the obvious that eludes me *airhead moment?*.
Purchasing Plano Boxes
A couple quick tips when purchasing plano boxes:
1. Search different departments of the store for the best plano storage. Sometimes the bead & sewing department will have what you are looking for, but the fishing and tackle department will have something cheaper. The hardware department will often have better adjustable plano options, and occasionally I’ll find something in the office supply department! Scour the store before choosing.
Again, not having to run back to the garage to find a different size nail for my projects is…well, just plain old smart! It saves time and money, and although I salvage everything I can, it is important to be able to see just what I have at a glance so I’m not wasting money buying things twice over.
I organize my screws, nuts, bolts, and washers in separate storage boxes as well. It is helpful to keep them organized by size and type when you use them frequently or salvage them.
Organizing Miscellaneous Bits
You know all those miscellaneous little parts you’re not sure where to put, or there is only a few (if not one) of a kind? Yep! Create a “hardware junkie” plano box storage! I am creative, which means that not all of these parts will be used as intended but will solve some problem, and I am always happy I kept it!
Buy A Carrier
You can usually buy plano boxes + carrier in the hardware or fishing section of your store, and it is worth the extra couple bucks if you have lots of planos!
Keeping your plano boxes containing companion materials together is helpful! If I store my nuts, bolts, and washers separately, then I will need to carry them all together when tackling a project that requires all parts.
The handle folds down flush with the box when sitting sideways, then can easily be swung out when carried upright.
So go, take a moment to organize your little things that are easily lost. Those beads and crafty bits, your screws and hardware, batteries, a junk drawer! Any and every thing you can think of!