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Organization: Ribbons

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Have you ever participated in “Tackle it Tuesday” over at 5 Minutes for Mom? It’s a fun way to motivate yourself to accomplish something and publicly commit to it (that way, you have some real pressure to get it done)!

Well, for the next two weeks, I plan to organize my “scrap space” – I’m joining Wendy Reed  in a quest for organization that she is hosting in this thread at the Scrapbook Lifestyle forums. I’ve already posted photos of my “scrap space” problem areas over there.

Before:

Ribbons Before

As for today, I am just focusing on one issue: ribbon storage! I know it sounds like a small thing, but trust me, it will take me a while to get sorted out.  I have been collecting ribbons as long as I can remember – I literally have some in my stash that I got when I was a little girl!  But they are all stuffed in a drawer, so I need to do something about it!!  

 

OK, I’m off to see what I can do about this mess!  Later I’ll post the after pics AND link you to some cool ribbon organization ideas. Wish me luck :).

After:

after2.jpg

Wow!  That DID take a long time! I was organizing on and off all day today.  I did enjoy myself though. I love looking at all my ribbons, many of which are vintage. I still have fond memories of discovering some of these in the attic of my childhood neighbor, Lucille.

Anyway, I started out trying one method, but it wasn’t working, so I ended up scratching that idea and doing something else.  The idea that didn’t work was to wrap the ribbons around empty wrapping paper tubes. The ribbons kept sliding around and getting all jumbled up, so they still looked messy to me.  And it was actually pretty hard to wrap them around the tubes.  The next idea I tried worked much better.  I just cut pieces of cardboard into rectangles that fit perfectly into one of those photo storage boxes you can buy in craft stores.  

More Ribbons

Then I wrapped the ribbons around the cardboard pieces and stood them up vertically in the photo storage box. They take up very little space, and I can glance through and easily see all the ribbons at once. There was even room left in the box to store ribbons on spools and a couple of small boxes of ribbon and lace scraps. I’m quite pleased :).

Great Ribbon Storage Ideas:

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t my top choice for storing my ribbons. The reason I did it this way is because I wanted to only use supplies I had on hand and also take up the least amount of space possible.  If money were no object I would definitely have gone with glass jars for storage.  I love that look! Angela, one of the Scrapbook Lifestyle gals, pointed out in the comments that Ikea has some glass jars that work great for this. Thanks for the tip Angela! I googled it and found this Scrapjazz article with pics of the glass jars in action. Beautiful! I also saw mason jars being used on Carolyn’s blog (April 19th), they sure look great, don’t they? Oh, and check out this fun idea from Donna, another of the Scrapbook Lifestyle designers! Wow, you’re really coming through for me today ladies :). I also had seen some neat ideas in the Scrapbooks Etc. forum in this thread.  And I think the Melissa Frances ribbon storage boxes are so pretty too! OK, that’s enough for now, I think :).  If you have more tips, please share!

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6 responses to “Organization: Ribbons

  1. Jennifer April 24, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    Can’t wait to see what you decide to do with them. I’m constantly reorganizing mine, as my collection is ever growing!

  2. Angela Daniels April 24, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    I really can’t say enough about the glass jars at Ikea for ribbon storage. They’re inexpensive and make pretty and practical displays in a craft area if you have the room for them. Good luck tackling your drawer!

  3. Donna Salazar April 24, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Hey Jess… Check out my blog from a couple weeks ago. I had the same problem but a girlie that I see at my LSS regularly pulled out her ribbon and gave me this idea. She safety pinned them together, put them on a ring and hung them on her wall. It’s pretty and functional!

  4. Jennifer April 25, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    That’s a great solution for limited space! I know that took a long time to do all that – and you did it all so nice and neat! Great job!

  5. Scrapping Servnat April 26, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks for mentioning me my friend.

  6. preci28 April 27, 2007 at 10:40 am

    I love this idea, I have a ton of those clothes clips laying around at home and I think I need to go find some wire hangers now!! Great idea!!

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