Hardware as in screws and bolts and such?
(1) Limit what you have. There was a thread recently on this. You really only need a few sizes of screws in different lengths.
(2) get several of the Home Depot small parts organizer. (See below). We use these a lot. They store “hardware.” They store electrical stuff. They store pieces of versaplanetary gearboxes. They store bearings, shaft spacers and shaft collars.
(3) You don’t need very many different sizes of drill bits. Yeah, you should have one of the big harbor freight boxes with like 50 different sized bits. But, you should keep it somewhere out of the way, because you’re really only going to need a handful of different drill bit sizes. So, get a number of those drill bits.
(4) get a labeler
(5) The rule is “you don’t leave your area until you’ve cleaned it up.” Get some small bins with lids that people can put their partially-completed work into if they need a rapid clean-up.