This photo and storage method is from Floor Kaspers, a bead collector and frequent contributer to Bead Collector Network.
She took plastic cylinders used for buttons they have small holes in the cap of each. With wire she attached one bead to the outside end of the cap, she then filled the tubes with that particular bead.
You can also hot glue the bead on the end, this works much quicker and is great for inexpensive beads if you aren't worried about needing that last bead on the end cap.
"My collectible beads are not in there, but my more common beads are. A good thing compared to boxing them is that I can see exactly which ones I have at a glance"
She has a fair amount of her smaller beads colour coordinated in this picture with her larger focal beads in a separate spot.
She says it took quite some time but in the end the convenience was more than worth the effort. She stores the tubes in inexpensive CD shelving.
You can see some of her larger beads in this shot. What a great way to be able to quickly survey what you have to work with, especially when you have as many great beads as Floor does!
I don't know about you but I am totally rethinking my boxes of beads in little ziplock baggies...