Retro Saturday: Don’t Lose Your Screws!

Retro Saturdays are a chance for us to share a post from the past and spend some time with our families.

Dear Home-Ec 101,

It seems every time we take something apart for storage, we manage to lose any screws that go with the items. How do you manage not to lose the screws?


Not all who wander are lost, but my screws are gone forever

retrochick.JPGIvy says:

Screws are wily little buggers and will get up and leave whenever possible, I’m convinced.I think they are going somewhere with the socks that keep vanishing from my wash. You have to corral those suckers whenever you take things apart.

I take them and put them in a plastic ziplock bag and tape the bag to the item that needs screws. My pal Ginger tells me she uses the jewelry sized bags, which probably works even better, but I don’t own any jewelry, or jewelry sized bags, so I just work with what I’ve got.

Heather told me you can do the same thing with manuals for appliances. I think that’s a nifty trick. I generally file mine in a filing cabinet, but if I wasn’t such a lover of filing, I would definitely tape manuals to the backs of my appliances.

And remember, when you’re screwing things, it’s righty tighty, lefty loosey!

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  1. Vintage Metal Lunchboxes on November 23, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve generally gone with a hybrid. I place my screws between 2 pieces of clear tape, in a long strip. This then allows me to write the screw’s source in permanent marker, like a tag, and then store my strips in a bag.

    Its kind of ghetto, but its the best method I’ve found.

  2. Ceci on October 21, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    I recently moved from an apartment into my first house. I took the shelves off my furniture, put the screws in baggies, and taped them to the side of the appropriate furniture. The movers pulled the baggies off the furniture and put them in a box before they moved it (so they wouldn’t fall off). Unfortunately i didn’t find this out unitl they’d mixed all the screw bags together in one box, it took quite awhile to match the appropriate screw with the furniture.

  3. Caroline on October 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Do not tape anything inside drawers that lock! When we moved from London to Houston 5 years ago we had 3 antique dressers with locking drawers. You know the kind that you never lock, and the key just sits in the keyhole. Well before the movers came we very carefully bagged up the keys and taped them to the sides of the dressers. Apparently the movers were worried they would fall off (this was an international move after all) and taped them to the inside of one of the drawers. During the move, the drawers jiggled and managed to lock themselves. Furniture arrives in one piece, but it took 3 months to find a locksmith that could re-key antiques, only to discover they keys when we finally got the drawer open.

  4. Irish Gifts on October 18, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Duct tape on the underside of the furniture or appliance is my normal method. I’ve yet to lose one!

  5. Pam on October 18, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    I put them in a ziplock bag and tape that to whatever I have
    taken apart. If need be I will write specific instructions on
    a recipe card and put that inside. Pam, South Bend

  6. Mom of three on October 18, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Once at a home cooking party, we were told to put them under the silverware drawer. You never move that, and they are protected by the plastic of the drawer. Must work, I have manuals for appliances that I tossed years ago. 😉

  7. Jasi on October 18, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Painter’s tape. Just put the screws down at even intervals and double the tape over the top. Use a marker to label across the tape. Store them all together in a plastic bin (tupperware) in the garage. I use an index card box, personally.

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