Make Your Projects MUCH EASIER




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Introduction: Make Your Projects MUCH EASIER

About: I build.... stuff. Mostly useless/prop type things, but I also try to improve on all of the tools and objects in my everyday life.

 I've had a reasonably hard time sorting and finding things for projects in the past, specifically electronics projects, but recently I have found a ragtag bunch of containers and organization methods that work for me. I will add to this Instructable as new things come up.

Below is some scattered stuff from around my work area. Many of the large objects just go in bins or in a drawer, but the smaller ones are perfect for this system.

Step 1: Paper Clips As Wire Holders

Un-bending paperclips and wrapping them around wires holds them in place. You could use a zip-tie, but you have to cut them off and thus, not reusable. 

Step 2: Yogurt Cups

 Make good use of those empty yogurt cups. They're great for screws, springs, and other stuff.

Step 3: Cheese Containers

 The containers that cheese sometimes come in make great trays to use to help you keep parts separate, or so you do not lose parts when disassembling something.



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    My go to container now is sliced up gallon plastic jugs. Like the kind milk and water come in. I cut them just below the handle all around the bottle and get a nice useful container out of that. I don't like yogurt so I don't have any of those containers around.

    For tie wire I either use tie wire, or bell wire. I use a lot of tie wire. Paper clips wouldn't cut it.

    If you happen to have small children those empty baby food jars make excellent storage as well.... Attach the lids to the bottom of a shelf or cabinet and you have an instant storage system. Great idea on the paperclip wire holder. I always use those twist ties that come with trash bags but they tend to break too easily.

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    LOL children are a great source for odds and ends. I save and reuse all the plastic wire ties that attach their toys to the boxes.

    I decided to use as containers for my supplies (screws, nuts, washers, cables, etc) transparent envelopes that are (or was) used to cover photographs. They have some advantages: 1) are fully transparent, so one do not have to guess the content, 2) are lightweight and inexpensive 3) does not occupy space when empty, 4) can be changed in shape and size easily with the soldering gun, cutting and welding at the same time; 5) are readily available in various sizes; 6) they can either be hung or stacked.

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     If you can tell me where to get those, I could probably try that

    I live in Argentina, so that the trading environment is a bit different.

    I have bought them in a
    general packaging store, but maybe you can get them at a photo house, or a library (stationery? I speak Spanish, I don't know the word for the shop that sells papers, envelopes, etc).

     I could try that.
    I think you mean page protectors/picture protectors

    Yes, that is. They are envelopes totally transparent. I don't know what plastic is, maybe polypropylene, acetate or so. It is not polyethylene, surely.

    I've got some super containers from Canon inkjet fax-cartridges.

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    I think I have some of those...
    If I find them I will add a step