They were stored in plastic bags, some on cards, in bottles or sewn together & many were just loose.
The other day while out shopping, I spied a set of coloured containers which immediately my brain turned into button containers. They even had lid colours the same as the buttons I had loose.
So from that mess... to this... How good do they look NoW... & so easy to find.
And as a bonus...all 5 new containers fit into the original tub on the shelf again.
... & I think I'll go purchase another set...