Originally Posted by HuffinandPuffin
There is no one solution but one I find very useful is to acquire a good supply of ziplock bags. My favorite is 4”x 6”. This allows you to keep like items together yet takes little more space than throwing everything in a box.
That is such a good point. I was on a sailboat (so granted, fewer square spaces), and as much as I wanted to have a box or bin for everything, Zip-Loc bags made so much sense, and such a superior use of space (I hated to admit it but finally had to).
There are more spaces where you can efficiently use a box shape on a trawler, but still not every place.
I keep my electrical crimps in Zip Locs. Each specific one in a small parts bag, and then all of the like-sized mini bags together in larger bags (pink, blue, yellow), and then all of those in a huge bag. Not quite as satisfying as a tidy box, but soo space efficient. No empty air, soft, and conformable.