I’m always trying to figure out how to use the many things we throw out in our day to day lives. In no way can I be considered a fanatic about this, but I try to consider any containers we put out for recycling. I use our Nestle Quick canisters to store the standard screws and finish nails in my shop. They are a good size, they are sturdy plastic and they are oblong, which allows the smaller of the two available sizes to be carried in a normal cloth nail apron!
Originally the canisters had wraparound labels which were easily removed, but now they have painted-on labeling. So to mark the canisters easily I just slap on a piece of duct tape and write the contents description with a Sharpie marker. Non permanent markers will rub off. Alternatively you could spray paint the canisters, but I took the simpler/shorter route.
You can see I use gray/silver tape for deck screws and white tape for finish nails. That way I have an easy reference for what I’m reaching for. Other colors are possible for more organization.
[Above] I keep my often used nails and screws in the canisters on a few shelves I put between the studs in my shop. The top shelf has some hardware items in the larger canisters.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!