Don’t lose your screws!

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!

1 Comment

  1. Stephen Monel on August 12, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Good advice.

    Too true – the amount of times I’ve taken things apart and lost the screws…specifically PCs – and I work for a fastener company!

    I have all my PC screws in one bag now, and all my random fasteners in a huge jar. Mind you, I can still hardly ever find the one I want!