Handypeople and DIYers, how do you organize all the small stuff you accumulate so that you can find it later?
I've read this thread
, but my question is more about the small stuff than actual tools. I have bowls and buckets and paint trays and toolboxes all over my house, each filled with an assortment of nails of various sizes, machine and drywall and wood screws, nuts and bolts and washers, drill bits (I don't know anymore if they are for wood or masonry or whatever), and other endless miscellaneous electrical and plumbing and carpentry ARRGH. Yet whenever I want to work on something, I have no idea where to go to find the things I need (our house has two floors plus attic, basement, and garage, which doesn't help). I end up going to the hardware store and just buying whatever I need new. Which just leaves me with more unidentified leftover dribs & drabs.
Do I need to sort all these out and organize them in one of those toolboxes with all the tiny drawers? How would I label them (I can't see opening all the drawers every time I need a certain size screw)?
In addition to wanting to be able to use the stuff we already have, I want to get rid of all the clutter, as it's depressing to live with and demoralizing when I want to do a project. I'd be so happy if we had as they say "a place for everything and everything in its place," but I guess my question is, how do I make "a place for everything"? And then how do I identify and sort everything out?