I figured out a very inexpensive way to store them all in one place! I know, I know. You're wondering, "How?" Look at this:
It's a 7-Day Pill "Cabinet" from a store called The Dollar Tree, where everything is $1. They come in different colors, too. Purple, Blue,
I know, I know. You're thinking, "Great. But who wants all that writing on there? We're storing beads." OK, so maybe you weren't thinking it, but I was! Well...
First, I tried Goo Gone to get the lettering off. No dice. Then I tried nail polish remover. No dice.
Guess what? A COMBINATION of them both took the lettering off! Amazing. It came off pretty easy, too. Fifteen minutes and a few dirty q-tips later...
A compact, 28-compartment bead storage system is born. One package of regular (or 3 packages of petite) Mill Hill beads will fit in a compartment. (Incidentally, I used my label maker to label each compartment with the type and stock number of the beads.)
How can you go wrong with that?
P.S. The Dollar Tree also sells little bottles of Goo Gone (in the automotive aisle) and nail polish remover for $1 each, so if you had to buy those your total cost would only be $3.
REVISED: Per Carol's request, I'm adding information about my label maker. I think it retails for around $50. I got this one several years ago during one of the Black Friday sales (back when they had *good* sales) for the low, low price of FREE after rebate. It works great!