Thursday, January 22, 2009

Organizing ribbon

Remember this? I have a fair bit of ribbon, but lots of short pieces and really long rolls (like the SU grosgrain!).

I've finally come up with a way to organize my ribbon that works:(click on the photos to see a larger view)

The black "hook" things (there's two of them there) and the wood shelves are from Ikea. I bought those hooks a good 10 years ago (yowza!) and the wood shelves at least four years ago. So it pays to be a packrat!

For my shorter bits of ribbon, I used office binder clips. Of course they're in Roy G Biv (aka. rainbow) order. The last two are "misc" themes, and the very last one is all Christmas/Winter. I've also got my twine hooked on, still in the bag (it's just easier to leave it that way).
For my spools of ribbon, I was happy to discover that most fit in these shelves. The larger ones sit on top, which is good enough! I started unrolling my SU ribbon onto the smaller Michael's ribbon spools, but there's just way too much SU ribbon on a roll! So I just leave them there. (again, Roy G Biv order - I can't help it!)
I guess my advice is to look at what you have, and use it, rather than jumping right into a purchased item. We all know that I love a good reason to shop, but I'd rather spend my money on pretty paper and fun stamps, not expensive craft storage pieces. Ikea is your friend! ;)


Leanne said...

Love it, I'm going to look around the house and see what I can find!

Katarina said...

Thank you for sharing your storage tips. I luuuv your craftarea. Now I want pink walls too, lol.
At least I get inspired that maybe someday there will be a light at the end of the tunel for my craftspace too :)


Libby Hickson said...

Love how you are storing your ribbon, such a great idea!! IKEA is the best - and how cool that it's stuff you've been sitting on all these years, LOL! I really need to do something like this with my ribbon, it's in so many various places right now I never remember what I have!!