I rebuild/refurbish tube radios and amps and build the occasional DIY project so I'm always needing various resistor values. I finally got tired of having to go to Radio Shack or place an order online every time I got a new radio. So, I bought a resistor kit. I found one on Ebay that included 50 values of 1 watt resistors that will cover most of my needs. When combined with my original stock of resistors I now have 100-125 values of resistors to store and keep track of.
No more of this dumping them all in the bottom of a draw and searching for the needle in the haystack. I needed a system for storing my resistors by value so that I can get them instantly. What I came up with works very well for me and should work for you.
Step 1: The Parts
1 or 2 boxes of plastic zip lock SNACK bags. You'll need one bag per resistor size. Be sure to get the snack bag size. They are perfect for this use. About $1 at the $1 store.
Some card stock cut to fit inside the bags
Printed labels or sharp pointed marker
A box or container just slightly wider than the bags. I found that Michael's and other crafts stores carry a nice photo storage box that's just the right size. I got one for $3 on sale so I bought two.