Garage Storage From the Laundry Room

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About: ...after 30 years of becoming corporately numb, my dreams of not working (for pay) and instead creating with my hands has become a reality. Life is grand!

Organize small garage hardware by using empty laundry detergent bottles. The sturdy handle and solid construction makes an ideal storage container!

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Step 1: Rinse Out a Detergent Bottle and Trim Off Spout

Step 2: Identify Contents

Step 3: Fill and Arrange on a Shelf

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    graydog111

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I use a lot of oil, so I made these bolt and screw containers out of 1 qt. oil containers. I also use the lid end for handle. On the right side is hanging a pan I made to pour the parts into to find the one I am looking for.

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    kcligraydog111

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Very smart! The 1 qt size containers are ideal for the small items and the sorting pan makes it so much easier to pick thru and find what you need

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    graydog111kcli

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks kcli, it would look nicer if all were the same like gurobuzz's. I washed out the containers, then cut the sides off of them with a radial arm saw so they would all be the same size. It's 20 years old, but still very handy and useful. At 76, I am too old to make another for an instructable.

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    gurobuzz

    7 years ago on Introduction

    My garage is color themed red and black so I used Folgers coffee cans to solve my nuts and bolts problem and it accentuates the garage colors 

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    gurobuzz

    7 years ago on Introduction

    My garage is color themed red and black so I used Folgers coffee cans to solve my nuts and bolts problem and it accentuates the garage colors 

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    gaprilday

    9 years ago on Introduction

    To get your collection started - go to a recycling center and snag a bunch in your desired colors. Since it was soap, you don't really need to worry about them being 'clean.' A quick rinse and you are ready to organize. What a capital idea, by the way, I will use it this summer. Thanks!

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    DIYDragon

    10 years ago on Introduction

    haha At least you have your re-use containers labeled! My grandma used to do the same thing with 'I can't believe it's not butter' containers. I loving called this 'butterware'. The only problem is that you could never find the real butter in the fridge. You'd spend 10 minutes opening different containers to find the right one. : p

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    Meier

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Smart idea....I've always hated throwing those away.

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    kolowinter

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Oh, one more comment ... I really appreciate how your green idea promotes even MORE green: 1) Reuse of things that would otherwise get tossed into landfill (note the scraps of cording/wire) 2) Saving $$$ by not having to buy a scrap of cording/wire since it's easy to find and very accessible 3) Minimizing contribution to greenhouse gases by not reving up the car to run to Home Depot for that scrap of cording/wire needed to assist in completing a project Congrats on being so organized and sharing with an EFFECTIVE visual!