I use Excel for organizing stuff with computers. It doesn’t scale, but I haven’t made the time to learn SQL. All our part numbers and bills of materials are in a massive spreadsheet I started in 2003. We outgrew the spreadsheet years ago, but I don’t have an alternative now. We tried a software-based inventory management system; it was a disaster.

Once I clean up all the shit on my desk, it gets filed:


All the file tabs are printed in 10 point Arial Bold. I have files at home going back to the 1980s. Nothing gets thrown away.

I can’t stand sorting through boxes of fasteners looking for screws or whatever. Each separate fastener gets a labeled drawer in the parts organizers:


They don’t make those steel walled parts organizers anymore, but I can find them on eBay.