To keep screws from getting lost when putting toys together, it helps to have some kind of magnet. It could be a refrigerator magnet, turned upside down, with the magnetic part facing upward. When you take out a screw, you can put it on the magnet. This keeps them from rolling around and getting lost.
By Robyn from TN
You are very welcome!
thank you for helping me organise my nuts and bolts i was really frustrated
I was helping my husband organize his new tool shed, and just didn't know where to put all the different sizes of nuts, bolts, screws, etc. I figured it was time for another plastic container, but they just get overlooked and purchased again. Instead, I used an old spice rack I bought for a dollar at a yard sale. He loved the idea. It spins, everything is visible, and I didn't have to label more plastic containers. I am always looking for old spice racks now, they came in handy for all my daughter's beads for her crafts as well.
I just love that idea I have a 3 tier one that goes around in a circle that I was going to sent to the thrift store, it's going in the garage.
I make jewelry and I used my old spice rack for my beads they are easy to organize and find what i need quickly.
I like fresh vegetables, but live alone so I buy the vegetable tray from the super market that has celery, tomatoes, broccoli, etc. and it has a little cup of dip in the middle. When empty, I use it to store nuts, screws, and other small hardware items.
I would like to organize my husband's nails, screws, nuts and bolts. There are so many of them we're overwhelmed. Any suggestions for us to get started?
I see there are many Ideas to work with here but you may want an Idea of how to catagorize the items. I find if I try to divide them too perfectly it bcomes dificult. Try this, small nails, lrg. nails, small screws, lrg. screws, electrical stuff, fasteners, misc. plastic, misc. metal, Nuts, bolts, nut bolt sets,
bulbs, razorblades, matches. Other things to put into individual containers are glues, cemicals, paints. Buy him some extention cord holders too. Be careful as we men get touchy about someone else messing with our stuff. Maybe buy him the containers and premark them for a gift? My wife is in the back ground saying Batteries, String, Wire, staples. Don't put batteries with anything else as they can short out an start fires.
I've got a "Sorta-Neat" - (5) ~8oz plastic cups under a hinged tray and after sorting thru the fasteners in the tray, the flanged cup is slipped into grooves at the open end of the tray and then the fasteners are returned to the cup by tilting the tray. Slick for a decent amount of fasteners and if I can find another, I'm going to get one for my son-in-law.
I've got 3 "Sorta-Neat" - (5) ~8oz plastic cups under a hinged tray and after sorting thru the fasteners in the tray, the flanged cup is slipped into grooves at the open end of the tray and then the fasteners are returned to the cup by tilting the tray.
I can not locate on line - does anyone know where to buy?
"Sorta-Neat" containers. As far as I know, the Sorta-Neat product is not available anymore. A good friend of mine - Bob - is the actual inventor (mid-80's) but the product never really took off. Shame, I thought the NAME should be worth a million! He has several other variations of the product, not on the market though. I CAN tell you that the plastic cups (that "bayonet" on the end of the tray) are actually Betty-Crocker pudding cups. They could (did!) pop those things out like jellybeans!
I foolishly gave away several of them and use my last two (nuts & bolts) almost daily in my shop.
I am so jealous that you have more than one "sorta-neat parts organizer". I have only one and i regret not buying ten of them when i found mine at ace hardware. I have been looking for more all over the internet and nothing. Someone should buy the rights to this great little item and start producing them again. If you have one, please remember me in your will. I am willing to wait. (Sorry for all caps, I'm getting a new keyboard soon.)
You might find Sorta-neat here
I have 3 SORTA-NEATS. I also discovered that Duncan Heinz frosting has the same container and it has a lid...very handy.
I found a great new use for the sturdy plastic containers that our dog treats come in from Costco. I use them to store large nails and screws that I buy in quantity for various projects.
Find a piece of square timber just larger than your jar diameter and however long you want it. Nail the lids onto all four sides of the timber. Screw in a thick screw on either end of the timber.
I keep a jar handy to place all those extra screws, nails, etc. that came with the put-it-together yourself items that you buy. When my husband has only a nail, screw, nut, washer, or wall anchor or two left in what he is doing, I take them to place in my jar.