Organize Your Screws

Written by Andrew Morrison

screw collectionIt’s not as hard as you think to organize your screws in your shop. If you are like me, you want to keep a large assortment of screws around the house for all kinds of uses. Keeping them organized can become more of a challenge than not having screws though if you don’t have a solid plan and place to store them all. I tried the expensive “screw bags” for a while but didn’t like them.

I find the easiest and least expensive/most enjoyable way to organize your screws is in small glass (or plastic if you prefer) containers with screw on lids. Simply label the glass with what’s inside (tape works well for this and then screw the lids to the bottom of a shelf. Use two screws so the lid won’t turn when you twist the jar. The cool thing is that you can still use the shelf since the jars are suspended.

You can take the jars to the site of the work and return them to the shelf when you are done. It’s super easy and organized. It’s the most enjoyable way to store screws (and other items) because you get to eat the food that comes in the jars! The more screw sizes you have, the more you need to snack on that favorite food item. I hope your perfect jar size isn’t mayonnaise as that might be a bit sickening.

5 Responses

  1. I love this site. I’ve had straw bale house fantasies for almost a decade now; they may finally happen, and this site is just such a wonderful source of information. Thank you so much!!!

  2. my late father who was in the RAF in the war was storing screws, tacks and nails, also washers etc this way back in the 1930s……..a good idea lasts forever

  3. for years, I’ve kept screws in a large plastic tackle box — two series of trays that open from the middle. Straight slot one side, phillips on the larger side, and oddball ones like square drives and torx, in the trays on top. Bottom compartment is undivided, so smaller boxes of screws can go there. If you drop it, though, everything gets scrambled and you have a pretty significant sorting task at hand!

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