My personal lab at home is a total mess!
I was keeping my inventory items in small storage cabinets like below:
But as my inventory expanded in time, they became inadequate to hold all of my items neatly. My work space at home is limited, so I don't want to fill up my room with more cabinets.
I filled 100, 1k, 10k, 100k,... resistors to a cabinet. 47, 470, 4.7k,... resistors to another. This way, all similar resistors to one separate cabinet. All capacitors to another. Transistors, voltage regulators, inductors, ICs, connectors, etc to separate cabinets. For example, when I need a specific BJT in TO-92 package, I have to search among all those TO-92 transistors for minutes with a magnifier in my hand.
The ones in the cabinet are the most frequently used ones. There are much more items stuffed in packs, waiting to be organized someday...
Is this mess normal for someone working at small space like me?
Also, how do I keep stock control of my equipment? Should I prefer a computer software for this?