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Using Baseball Card Holders to Organize Electronic Components

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For a while, I had been having trouble organizing my stuff. I had drawers, but they didn't have enough compartments to hold all the different parts neatly. I always just ended up throwing all of my resistors in one compartment, capacitors in another, etc. However, when I saw my brother's baseball card holders, I realized that they would fit my needs almost perfectly. Because he wouldn't let me have his, I bought 75 on Ebay for around $15. In order to stop things from falling out, I covered the openings with masking tape and wrote what was contained on the tape. Because it can sometimes be hard to peel off the tape, I now leave about 2 centimeters when putting it on the baseball card holders, and the fold it in half so I have a "handle" to pull up on. See the pictures if you are confused.

Then I put them in a couple of binders I had laying around. I put the pages in order, so that it was resistors, then capacitors, then transistors, etc. I also put some helpful information in the front of the binders, like what pages capacitors or resistors or diodes were on, the color codes for resistors, and a pf to nf to uf conversion chart. It is really helpful, and pretty cheap. I only had to spend $15, because I already had the binders and masking tape.
ffcabral2 years ago
Simple but helpful, and I never thought of it. Thanks!
TampaGeek2 years ago
I've been doing this for a couple of years, and it works great. Most helpful thing is to use binders that can zip closed... that helps keep things in place a bit better. Some parts I put into small zip-lock bags first, others go straight into the pockets as is. Glad you put this up as an instructable!
This is a good one.
verence2 years ago
Good idea, cheap and easy.

Just take care with ICs, they might get damaged by static charge that builds up if the binders slide against each others.