Hi i luvemusic 2,
I too, store my tubes in shoe boxes which are marked with a sticker as to content:
Most octals I buy come without boxes (I guess since they are used). In order to remember how they sound I put a little paper with the designation, manufacturer and date and my rating of the tube (OK, VG, Excellent, Superb or NG) on the tube itself with small rubber bands. When I use the tube I pull off the paper and put it back on when switching tubes.
A large rubber band is used to hold the box together with the top. If the tubes have boxes, I store them in the boxes, again with the little paper stuck on with rubber bands.
If there are just a few tubes in a box I put in a piece of bubble wrap or similar to prevent the tubes from rattling around. If I need to remember a matched or near pair, I put a rubber band around both together.
This system is unsophisticated but cheap, and it works. Sometimes the markings on the tube wear off, or they are very hard to read, and then the little paper comes in extra handy.
Presently I am using a Dutch 1975 6DJ8/ECC88 Tektronix Amperex A-frame tube as driver and a near pair of Sylvania 6SL7GTW as power tubes. This is a very nice and sweet sounding combination.