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How To Declutter & Organize Hardware

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Today's mission is to declutter and organize hardware, such as nails, screws, nuts and bolts, etc., that you've got around your home.


This is the first step in the process of decluttering and organizing the tools within your home. Today we focus on hardware, and tomorrow on the rest of the contents of the tool box.

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The first step in any organization project is to gather all of the items from around your home into one place, so first gather up all of the small hardware you've got around, perhaps in a junk drawer, and other places such as your garage, basement, or tool box.

Once you've got everything together go ahead and assess quickly what you've got, and declutter any excess such as anything that's broken, rusted, or items you don't need.

To know exactly what you do need to keep and stock in your home for minor repairs and do it yourself projects you can check out my basic home tool kit list, which breaks down the essentials of both tools and hardware.

Once you've gotten everything together, stocked up on any needed supplies and gotten rid of any excess, it will be time to organize what you've got left. Below I have suggestions and ideas for you for this simple organization project.

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Next, in this mission, once you've decluttered, it is time to organize the small hardware you've got left so that when you need it you can find it.

I suggest keeping these items close to your tool box because you'll be using them together.

The amount of organization you need to do of your hardware is directly proportional to the total amount of hardware you've got, and how many types of items you've got. If you have a lot, for example, you really need to spend some time organizing everything, because otherwise you'll never be able to find what you need.

On the other hand, if you're like many people (unless this is one of your hobbies or a profession), you don't keep too much of this on hand, but instead have just a few screws, nails, etc. to use for minor home repairs, or for the occasional small DIY project.

In that case, if you don't have a lot and not too many types of hardware, I suggest a small hardware organizer, such as the small parts organizer with drawers shown above (referral link), or a similar organizer such as one of the ones shown below.

There are many types of hardware storage bins and containers available. The key is to use one that separates and compartmentalizes the various types of hardware so you can readily find the item you need relatively quickly, instead of having to hunt for a long time when you need a specific sized screw, for instance.

What you don't want is to throw everything in one large compartment and then try to sort as you need an item. Sort at the beginning, and keep them separate to save yourself lots of time later.

Here are some examples of organizers you can use. There are big and small ones available, but if you don't have much, a small organizer will be better suited to your needs than something large, unless you plan to also use the same organizer for other things as well.

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How Real People Organize Hardware Around Their Home

Below I've got pictures from several Declutter 365 participants who've done this mission, and decluttered and organized hardware in their home.

First, below is a photo from a reader, Jenny, who organized the hardware she has for her home that she uses to hang pictures.

As you can see, she's chosen a container where she can keep the pieces of hardware loosely divided to make it easier for her to find what she needs.

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In addition, here's a photo below from another Declutter 365 participant, Debbie, who said: "This is my 'utility' shelf that was cleaned and organized just after Christmas. I received these stackable containers as a gift and put them to good use. Labels let me know exactly which one to grab when I need a nail, screw, hook, etc."

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If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!


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In addition, there are even more ideas for storage and organizing on the site in the {A-Z} Storage Solutions & Ideas round up page. Go check it out if you'd like to see even more ideas.

{A-Z} Storage Solutions & Ideas


Further, here's the next Declutter 365 mission all about decluttering tools, which is the next logical step after today's hardware mission.

How to declutter tools


And finally, get ideas for the types of hardware and tools you need to stock for simple home repairs and common tasks with this basic home tool kit list.

Basic home tool kit list

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Comments for How Real People Organize Hardware Around Their Home

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I use small zip lock bags for jewelry
by: Karen

I used small zip lock bags sold for jewelry and crafting, Placed sorted hardware in the bags, then in the hardware box trays. Now if the hardware box pops open while being carried or is accidentally dropped, there isn't a huge mess. Also, individual bags of misc. wood screws can be taken to the location needed, without having to carry the entire box.

Parts sorting
by: Anonymous

Sorting small parts and hardware can take hours and scores of bins. Many parts can be left together in small sections of a tray bin, separated by use or type, where a quick visual scan will pick out the desired part. Clear flat stackable trays with lids and 25-48 adjustable compartments work well and can be checked very easily. Fixed storage drawers in grids work okay for workbench use, for items used regularly, but take up space and small parts get lost in them.

putting all screws unsorted into one bin is OK! Really!
by: Anonymous

I used to spend time carefully sorting and compartmentalizing all my screws and nails into types and lengths etc., labeling with whatever RTA kit that it came with. Then I had an organizer whose husband is a contractor, and she suggested dumping all the screws of which I had fewer of (ie not in packages) into one bin (mine is about 9x7x2 inches) and leaving them unsorted - she said that worked fine for their workmen.

I had a bit of a heart squeeze as I dumped all my carefully sorted screws into one bin, but it has been GREAT! Whenever I need a screw I rummage through the bin (using a longer nail to move things around until I find the matching or appropriate screw). It's actually a lot faster to be able to go to one container, than opening many smaller bins to find the right size. I am now a believer!

Coffee Can "organization"
by: Brenda

I laughed when I read this task as it reminded me of my Mom's great Garage Clean-out when my Dad was out of town in 1980. She was so proud of herself, and really did a great job de-cluttering and organizing. But DECADES later, my Dad still gets irritated when he talks about it, because she dumped "all those boxes of nails and stuff" into coffee cans, mixing them all up. He's replaced most of those boxes project by project, but occasionally, he still needs something that he knows is in those coffee cans. Note: this is *not* a good idea :)

Yeah, right
by: Sheree

I spent HOURS over several days sorting the boxes of nails, screws, nuts and bolts for my husband. I got pictures of the different types of nails and screws, and labeled little zip locks and jars for him. Happy birthday, honey! NOT! After two days, he’d emptied all my carefully marked containers into a big box.

The good thing is, I did learn the difference between a sheet metal screw and a wood screw, as well as drywall nails, roofing nails and framing nails.

At any rate, I keep MY supply of hardware in those Darice/Elizabeth Ward Bead Storage boxes. They come in 3-4 sizes and you can get a nice flat tray/holder for them all, or just keep the boxes side by side. You can label them or view the contents through the clear plastic. I keep the trays in my craft room, so there’s no going through my carefully organized stash!

Nuts, bolts, etc in the bottom of an egg carton
by: Ginger

I have found using the bottom part of an egg carton works wonderful for sorting little items. Nuts, bolts, screws, buttons, beads, coins, or anything small. Also, I keep one in my desk drawer for paper clips, rubber bands, award pins, etc. The top of carton is nice for stapler, staples, stamps, etc. May not be fancy, but it works well and the price is right.

Very helpful Tips
by: AppreciateU

Just a quick "thank you" for sharing this very helpful information on organizing. Now I can get started. I've been a bit overwhelmed with several sources donating the very items your page helps get organized. Thank you! It'll take some time but I'll try to check back to let cha know how it went. :-)

Organizing hardware in old peanut butter jars
by: Anonymous

I always saved peanut butter jars. Remove labels. I've spent a lot of hours sorting my husband's hardware. Built a 6x7 foot wall of shelves to fit the jars and those multi drawer cabinets on. The drawers are not so great because even though they have a clear front it is still hard to see what's in them. (Nuts and bolts). The jars are perfect. Good size and easy to see what's in it. I organized them by length. Screws on one side, nails on the other. Works well, if I can only get him to put them back!

Junk drawer
by: Teresa

I bought a few mini tackle box organizers with the removable dividers for the screws, nuts, bolts, nails, and other small items. There is a box for each type of hardware. 3 stack perfectly in my kitchen junk drawer.

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