My workshop is a 15' x 20' space with a bench and a bunch of wood tools. Over the last 25 years, I've added benches, cubbies and all little spaces to store things.. many in the rafters. But even with this, "planned storage" I find my shop has the ghost-of-projects-past laid all over the place. A scrap bit of wood here, a tool left there.
So, today, I'm cleaning up. I start on my bench... pull off a small cup with a few screws, nuts, washers.. you know, the little bits you save at the end of a job and toss in there for later. I put it on my tablesaw.
Then, I move down the bench, I find a bowl of more bits... and another and another. I found cans, jars, envelops, baggies, even a coffee cup (I wondered where that went to) all with "crap" (technical term). My bench could not hold the containers, I just started tossing all the bits into a five gallon bucket. I got it to about 1/3 full. Amazing all the little trinkets that I saved and for no good reason.
Then, I started going through it. Little baggies with two screws and a wall anchor... you know, the crappy little ones that come with a wall mounted curtain rod that are good for nothing. I had DOZENS of these... and FLAT HEAD WOOD SCREWS. I HATE flat head screws. Why I even saved them is beyond me. And bent screws... or screws that the philips bit filled in with liquid nails or some other drech. Screws that required an Allen wrench to screw in.... probably a pull out from some pre-fab shelves from the 80's.
I pulled out POUNDS of flat head screws and those worthless screws in the baggies.... threw it all out.
I live within 5 min of Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowes, Menards.
Why did I keep all this? No more... I'm done. So, who's with me! Get rid of all that useless hardware!!!
But I did find this nice brass screw... ooohhh Shinny!