Reuse an Rx Bottle
Use old prescription bottles to hold nuts and bolts, screws, nails, etc., on a shelf by your workbench. Remove the original label, so you can easily see the contents inside.
You can also make a simple customized shelf for your fastener storage bottles by using a 2-in. hole saw (or one that is just larger than the diameter of your bottles yet just smaller than the lids) to drill a few holes in a shelf. Then the bottles will fit through the holes, keeping the bottles and your fasteners easily visible and organized. — Mike Yavorski. Plus: Learn how to choose and use concrete fasteners here.
Store and Label with Foam
When disassembling a piece of furniture that needs to be repaired or moved, thread the screws and nails into a piece of rigid foam. Group similar fasteners together or arrange them however it will be most helpful when piecing the furniture back together. You can also write on the foam with a pen or marker to label the fasteners or to make notes that will be helpful when reassembling the piece at a later time.
Don’t have a chunk of rigid foam handy? Reach into your recycling bin and tear off a piece of corrugated cardboard from a box instead. You can thread screws through the flat surfaces of the cardboard or insert them into the corrugations in the sides. And you can write labels and notes on the cardboard, too. — Jonathon Walton