Organizing Nails, Screws, Nuts and Bolts

July 8, 2011

A tray of nuts and bolts.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

Comment Was this helpful? 5
Read More Comments

9 More Solutions

Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

February 8, 2011

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.

Comment Was this helpful? 6

November 13, 2008

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.

Comment Was this helpful? 1

November 8, 2004

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.

Comment Was this helpful? 3

Bronze Feedback Medal for All Time! 141 Feedbacks
May 10, 2012

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.

Organizing nails in recycled plastic containers.

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 2

Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 190 Posts
December 8, 2020

Ordering a treadmill in the middle of a pandemic has its own challenges. Just having to wait a month for delivery was the first. Add to that the delivery restrictions that were in place.


There was no option to have it delivered to the house or to pay to have someone assemble it.

Keeping Track of Screws When Assembling a Treadmill - closeup of button head machine screws on blue painter's tape

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes

Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 118 Posts
May 30, 2017

Tiny little bolts, screws and springs can be reused again but can be hard to find or easily lost. If they are left scattered, it could be very dangerous to your toddlers.

Hardware sealed inside a folded piece of tape.

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 1

May 20, 2013

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes


Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

September 18, 2007

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?


By jojo (Guest Post)
September 18, 20070 found this helpful

My husband saved all of our used and empty jam/sauce jars etc. He removed the labels, washed and dried them and filled them with nails/screws/nuts/washers etc.


He also screwed the lids to wooden beams in our garage then screwed the jars onto the lids. They are up out of the way. You could also write sizes on the jars with permanent marker. Hope some of this helps. :)

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By Rasta (Guest Post)
September 20, 20070 found this helpful

Go to McFeelys on the web and click on storage. There is a 1# and a 2# coffee can tray set. I have them in my craft room and my husband has them in his shop.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Silver Feedback Medal for All Time! 378 Feedbacks
September 20, 20070 found this helpful

For the ones you have the smallest quantities of, use ice cube trays that stack, and put them into an open-ended box so he can slide out whatever he needs to see into. My jewelry is all in ice cube trays, except for the big long necklaces. You can label the ends.


Or you could shove it all into a large shallow pan with sides, like a big cookie sheet, and label it "SHOP MIX".

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By Goldengirl (Guest Post)
September 20, 20070 found this helpful

Depending on how many you have you can put them into utensil trays or you can try some kind of jar like baby food jars or pickle jars.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By Cathy (Guest Post)
September 21, 20070 found this helpful

In hardware and craft shops you can buy multi-storage boxes with small drawers approximately the length of your index finger. I use this for all of my bits and pieces. The drawers are clear plastic so you can see inside, or just put a sticker in front saying what's inside.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
September 21, 20070 found this helpful

I agree with Cathy about the multi storage boxes. You can find either metal or plastic containers,both have see through drawers. I would suggest that you buy the metal ones.


I have a metal one and a plastic one. The plastic one I can only keep light things in there because the drawers will slip off the glides with heavy nails or bolts.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
September 21, 20070 found this helpful

This makes me think of a fathers day gift my daughter made in first grade. Using the cardboard holder for a six-pack of pop bottles (root beer still comes that way) and she put a soup can in each compartment to hold screws and nails, etc. They spray painted the cardboard holder, and painted the cans different colors.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By Christine IN (Guest Post)
September 21, 20070 found this helpful

Use baby jars & then glue the item on the top or outside. Larger items can be put into instant iced tea holders. Hope this helps.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By Claudia-MD (Guest Post)
September 26, 20070 found this helpful

I bought inexpensive clear plastic fishing tackle boxes for pierced earrings. I think they would also work well for keeping different sizes of nuts, bolts, screws separated and easy to see.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
October 10, 20070 found this helpful

I don't know if this will work, but cream cheese containers and small plastic containers (recycle) could be glued to a strong magnet on their bottom side. Then if he has a magnetic surface, just label the lid with the screw type/size and there you go. If no magnet surface, go to a thrift store and get one of those big old cookie sheets and hang it up on the wall. Put the magnetic containers on it.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By lilredex (Guest Post)
October 16, 20070 found this helpful

Have used Smucker's jam jars, baby food jars and others, all about the same size, shown in the sample wall rack in the attached photo.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 104 Posts
January 10, 2012

I'm always hanging something that requires a molly bolt. I have a tray with all types and sizes of screws, nails, molly bolts, etc. that I've collected over the years. Every time I get ready to hang something I end up going to the hardware store and buying a pack of molly bolts with screws because I can't figure out which screw fits which molly bolt. Is there a simple solution to this?

By Betty from Lubbock, TX

Read More Answers
Organizing WorkshopNovember 11, 2011
Thanksgiving Ideas!
Halloween Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2022-10-18 15:30:31 in 3 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2022 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.