How do you guys organize your stuff?

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  1. stoopkid

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    I've only really gotten interested in electrics over the last year and I already have wayyy too much stuff to keep organized. First I just spent days finding plastic organizing boxes with small enough cells to make it efficient. Soon after I found a solution I had too much for that to work so I started punching holes in the little ziplock bags that I get my parts in and put them on rings. Now I have too much for that. So how do you guys stay organized?
     
  2. strantor

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    I don't. I have boxes, totes, trash bags, shelves, all with random crap, and you can't even set a beer down on my kitchen table.
     
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  3. justtrying

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    boxes for fishing tackle (they often have nice size compartments) and other boxes as size demands
     
  4. Zazoo

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    I was using the small flip-top organizer trays you can buy for fishing gear and craft beads. This got cumbersome to work with as I added more stuff though - I ended up having tons of trays that took up half my desk and frequently got knocked over.

    Eventually, I installed a peg-board and shelving behind the desk I use. On the peg-board I attached multidrawer organizers (the kind you get at home improvement stores to store nuts, bolts, screws, etc.) I use these to hold all my components. Larger items go in a set vertical plastic drawers on the side of the desk (I bought these at Wal-Mart for like $8 each.)

    It works nicely, although it tends to just free my desk up to collect other clutter. Oh well.

    I'll throw up a picture in a bit.
     
  5. stoopkid

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    A pic would be helpful, thanks.

    The problem I had with tackle boxes is that the compartments tend to be bigger than they need to be and there ends up only being a few dozen of them.
     
  6. justtrying

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    I found a set of plastic ones where you can adjust the dividers. It works well on the go. Eventually a multi-unit organizer is in order for a workbench, but I am not there yet ;)
     
  7. Zazoo

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    This is my current setup.
     
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  8. maxpower097

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    By pile, heap, and hair color.
     
  9. Wendy

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    Bank boxes, plastic zip lock bags of all sizes, kit boxes (w/ static foam), and a few candy boxes. I also have a strong shelf that I use to hold the bank boxes. The only failing is my memory, I occasionally loose track where I put stuff.

    Resistor Parts Storage
     
  10. joeyd999

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    I have no idea...I let my technicians/engineers store the stuff.

    When I need something, I shout out, "I need a [fill in the blank]", and 2 minutes later its on my desk!
     
  11. Georacer

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    2 minutes is enogh time for a bright idea to vanish into thin air.
     
  12. joeyd999

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    Which is why I write things down.
     
  13. amilton542

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    I think I have some kind of disorder with being organised, it can make me feel ill with c*** everywhere, I mean everything just in general. All my deodrant cans will be neatly lined up, books arranged in alphabetical order, shoes lined up in pairs, I think it was from being too organised with Lego and Meccano.

    It really kicks in with groups of conductors. I have to ensure they are all parallel to one another in a rectilinear fashion with a soft right angle bend or a double set in the conductor to make it to its destination.
     
  14. nerdegutta

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    WHAT!:eek: Not by height! Oh, man.... How does that look? must be up and down and up...

    I got some drawers with small compartments, but I have not enough, so the Strantor way is growing. Until next time I clean... But now it's a new year and new possibilities...
     
  15. amilton542

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    You get used to it ;)

    If you don't put it back from where it came from your in trouble!
     
  16. nerdegutta

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  17. strantor

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    printed out, and tacked on top of a bunch of random neglected reminders on the corkboard above my desk at work.
    thanks for this gem.
     
  18. magnet18

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    That, my friend, is called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD; I have a friend with it, though it's much more selective (her rooms a mess, but she flips when the volume isn't an even number, [even after I explained that the numbers have no absolute meaning, and are relative to the TV in question])

    And +1 to the height comment, that's how mine are :D

    As to the original post, I have a bunch of shelves around my desk, and they are covered in boxes and bins and totes and organizers and such, all crammed full. Components are organized by type. Diodes in a box, resistors in a little divider thing you can get at a hobby shop, wire is all in a bin, IC's are in their tubes in a pile on a shelf above my desk, and so on

    It sounds better than it is
    And my desk generally accumulates junk until I can't see it/work on it/push the junk back any further/cant fit my laptop on it/just cant take it anymore, and I'm forced to clean it.

    If you want a cleaner hobby, switch to software ;)
     
  19. strantor

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    My problem isn't mainly that I am disorganized (which I am), it's that when I get into something, I get totally into it. to the point that nothing else comes into the equation. I will stay in this mode until something forces me to change gears, like crippling bathroom pains, or the total absence of a workspace. Once my workspace becomes so cluttered that I cannot function, I temorarily drop the project, and the new project becomes spring cleaning. I will then organize, categorize, sanitize, etceteraize, until I have a sterile workstation and the pick back up on my project if I can remember where I was. My workstation will stay sterile for about 5 minutes.
     
  20. shortbus

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    "A clean workbench is the sign of a sick mind"- unknown
     
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