No More Screws Loose.

After the recent revamping of my tool collection and the introduction of the BBOT, I realized that it was finally time for me to accomplish a similar feat with all of the screws, nails, wire nuts, and other fasteners that had been cluttering our lives (and cabinets) for too long. Enter Jo-Ann fabrics, where we were on a mission for some trim (to complete another one of the wife’s furniture rescue projects), when I noticed a handy little storage container that could soon transform this cluttered mess of metal shenanigans into an organized haven of fastening ease – proof that there is a reason to follow your ladies in tow after all. The bonus? The price tag was just as little. 2 bones and change, and we were out the door.

Here’s what I started with. A doughnut ring of knick knacks and a mess of boxes that cause my lady to say some very unlady like things when she’s simply searching for the hammer.

After a few minutes of organization and thinning down what we just really don’t need (heck, I didn’t even know why I bought them in the first place, honestly), I came up with this:

Not bad for $2, huh? This handy contraption, which had intentions of sorting beads, clasps, and bobbles for the crafty-in-you, actually worked out perfectly for separating screw, anchors, washers and the like. Similar containers that are specifically designed for hardware are upwards of $15 or $20, but it never hurts to think outside the box when you’re organizing. Or, in the box. You know.

Can anyone else chime in with their inexpensive, handy solutions for storing the little odds-n-ends? Or any other easy techniques you have that eliminates the junk so easily cluttering your drawers and cupboards? Sometimes the grandpa jar comes in handy when a project requires a solitary screw to wrap things up, but when you’re dealing with multiples, a little organization really helps.

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