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10 Amazing, Affordable Hardware Storage Containers for Your Workshop

Getting organized in the new year is a goal for many, but it can be overwhelming if you don't know where to start. When it comes to organizing your hardware in the workshop, garage or basement, consider these 12 hardware storage organizers that will help you get the job done.

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Split-Top Hardware Storage

Having the ultimate DIY space means being able to easily find whatever you’re looking for when you need it with these canisters. Made of durable plastic, they have a unique split-top vinyl lid to keep items inside. “These containers are a game changer,” said one Amazon buyer. “We are able to buy nails, screws, etc. in bulk then take smaller quantities to the job site. Everyone should own these!”

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Wall-Mounted Organizer Bins

Find a place for all that hardware with this wall-mount organizer. It has 30 separate storage bins for all of your hardware storage needs. Its open design makes it easy to find just what you’re looking for and helps keep your workshop tidy. Thirty-six-piece and 44-piece setups are also available.

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Military Surplus Boxes

The classic military ammo can is a great option for hardware storage. These boxes won’t rust and usually have a watertight seal. Ammo cans are so popular for storage that you don’t even have to go to a surplus store to find them anymore.

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Portable Organizer

This hardware storage organizer from Stanley is features a wide handle, so it’s easy to carry to and from the job site. It has removable cup compartments in three different sizes, perfect for all sizes of hardware.

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Plastic Drawer Hardware Storage Cabinet

This hardware storage cabinet has 24 plastic drawers to help you organize everything from screws and bolts to washers and nails. The cabinet can be wall mounted with keyhole slots on the back. Buyers note the drawers are made from sturdy plastic and hold up to daily use.

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Old Jars

Save those old peanut butter and baby food jars to use for hardware storage. You can attach the lids under a shelf with two screws. This will keep the lids in place and allow you to screw on the jar once it’s loaded with hardware pieces.

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Recycle Oil Containers

Before you toss those used motor oil containers, consider using them as a way to store hardware. Cut away one side with a utility knife, scrub out the residue and load them up with nails, screws and washers.

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Pegboard Bins

There’s a good chance you already use pegboard to organize various areas of your home. These bins attach directly to the pegboard, allowing you to get hardware off you workbench. “I have been able to nicely organize a collection of nuts, bolts, washers, drill bits and other miscellaneous items for under $10 which is the most important thing,” said one Amazon buyer.

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Muffin Tin Storage

Put those old muffin tins to good use by using them to store hardware. You can create a tote to easily transport the tins to and from various projects.

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Cocoa Containers

Repurpose cocoa containers to hold bolts, nails and screws. These containers work well since they are easy to grab and don’t take up much space on the shelf. If you’re not a cocoa drinker, don’t worry! There are ton of different plastic containers you can recycle into storage bins. Everything from an empty laundry soap container to yogurt packages can be useful and give you a variety of different sizes for different supplies.

Rachel Brougham
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