So I've accumulated several lab kits over the past 3 years between parts for my own projects and friends who just couldn't take engineering anymore. I was tempted to throw them out, I turned it into a project instead.
I went to Lowe's and got a roll of foam insulation for the IC's. It's about an inch thick and protects the leads of the pins nicely. I cut the foam to size to fit in some plastic jewelry bags from Michael's.
Sorting the chips was a pain, it does not get any easier no matter how much you do it. I ended up having a couple hundred IC's. I made a label for each component that needed one in Word using the Avery templates. I'll put them up if anyone wants them.
I bought 3 Stack-on parts cabinets from Ace. The drawers are a bit flimsy, but they're perfect for what I need.
I wasn't sure aboutwhat to do with the resistors, I had so many it almost didn't seem worth the trouble. I ran off a label sheet with all the resistors in the E24 series and I've been sorting them since. The drawers are sorted from greatest to smallest resistance. MΩ, 100KΩ, 10KΩ etc..
I'm sort of a maniac.