Introduction: Easy Electronics Organization

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Like many other electronic enthusiasts I need to have a constant supply of materials in order for us to keep building, hacking, or just playing around with electronics. However as probably any of us have come to realize we need a lot of space and storage to hold every thing. Enter the world of stack-able containers. I got one from Ikea, a "Helmer." its simple metal design fits in with my rooms decor and it had just the right amount of space. In this instructable I will show you how I actually organized my electronics "collection."

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Step 1: Tools

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We all need these of any task at had we often face. I Would suggest you keep it simple. Here is a list of suggested tools to keep in this drawer...

-Soldering Iron
-Solder
-Soldering Paste Flux
-Extra Hands tool
-Bread board
-Jumper wires
-Multi-meter and or battery tester
-Assorted Small Screw Drivers or a few big ones
-Needle Nose Pliers
-Wire Strippers
-Ruler
-Super Glue

Step 2: Components

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Here I used some "Really Useful Boxes" (that's actually their name) from staples and they let me tell you they are a life saver! You simply pack them full with stuff of the same kind, and then put them in the drawer, they are also easily stack-able! there is no limit to what you can put in them !(unless its too big of course!). Mine are all labled with what the name of the components that are in side, thus each component is very easy to locate.

Step 3: The Arduino Drawer

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Or what ever micro controller you use. I prefer Arduino for all my projects so that's why I labeled the drawer "Arduino." I even though the micro controller is technically a component I find it easier to have all of its stuff (cords, programming cable, shields, etc.) in one area for easy access. The decision is totally up to you.

Step 4: Random Parts Bin

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We all have one of these some place...mine is right under the Arduino bin. Basically anything you haven't organized yet (circuit boards from consumer electronics, plastic bits, handy little things, etc) all go in here. There is not organizational code for me here, but if you want to still keep things fairly organized go ahead!

Step 5: Ideas Bin

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Here is where you can keep all your plans, schematics, drawings, or quick notes. I keep this bin simple by just leaving my "Projects Note Book" which contains everything I have ever built or imagined.

Step 6: Other...

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Anything else? Papers? Electronic Data Sheets? Catalogs? That stuff all went in here. And that concludes my instructable on how to easily organize your electronics with low cost furniture and a little know how. Hope you have enjoyed this ible and are on your way to organizing your electronics to fit your needs!

Comments

Cambronze (author)2011-07-01

Suggestion for boxes/ containers. Take away food containers. The types that are rectangular with clip on lids nest together well. They are also often see through. Here you can buy new ones if you don't want to recycle. They cost cents each and come in a range of sizes.

jensenr30 (author)2011-03-01

I have my "workbench" organized exactly like you!

inbox.jason (author)2010-07-26

Love your idea! I'm going to be going down the exact same route, only getting a Helmer in red. I was wondering if it would be viable to fix some pegboard onto one side for tool storage? Thanks again for putting this up - I was looking everywhere for a cheap tool/component storage idea!

TXTCLA55 (author)inbox.jason2010-08-01

Thanks inbox.jason, glad to have helped! -TXTCLA55

zack247 (author)2010-04-22

what is a wii nunchuck doing with the arduino?

TXTCLA55 (author)zack2472010-04-22

LOL good question....it was part of a failed project where I would use the wii nunchuck to control a robot using the arduino as a brain. I couldnt figure out what was wrong with the source code, as all the robot did was spin in a circle regardless what the nunchuck did. Overall I learned my lesson $100+bad instructions+mistakes= a wasted $100 and a bunch of now useless parts.

Nice!!

The unit I bought started off with drawers the same size as yours and the bottom two drawers were larger, so I added a "Audio / Video Cables" drawer and finally a "Power" drawer on the bottom with extension chords, and power cables!

I like the "really useful boxes" to keep everything in its place!

godofal (author)2010-01-29

maybe add something wich organises the components more, like that "resistors mixed" cant be very usefull, u gotta get the exact right one, and if u got a couple of hundred (wich isnt uncommon!) different resistors, all off different values its pretty hard 2 find the right one...

and, thats only the resistors, im not talking (much) about the leds, diodes, microprosesors (other than arduino) and all the other stuff....

i have some boxes that have small boxes, i use those for "misc" stuff, and i got one more, and im planning on filling that with leds  and  possibly resistors for those leds and voltages and such.

Fieldownage (author)godofal2010-03-19

 Or you could just use small plastic bags with them. As the box already protects them from most of the movement and hits, plastic bags would be easy to use.

inkstainedheart (author)2009-12-27

Awesome--my boyfriend definitely needs this! Of course, several drawers would be full of pc games. Thanks for posting!

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