This is embarrassing, but my method for organizing my ribbons and bows for the past several years has been to throw them into a box and hope for the best when I needed something. Clearly, this is NOT the best way to organize! While wrapping Christmas presents this year, I finally had enough of this method and finally decided to do something about it.
Here is a look at what I had before I organized my ribbons and bows. As you can see, there are miscellaneous ribbons and bows thrown carelessly into the box.
I also gathered the other ribbons I had accumulated over the years and put them in a pile.
Now that I had everything in one place, I could get a better idea of what I needed to do. The first step was to go through the bows and throw away the ones that were in bad shape. Who wants to get a gift with a smashed bow attached to it? Not me!
After I had the pile of ribbons and bows I wanted to keep, I looked for ways to group them together. I noticed I basically had three categories: 1) basic bows, 2) bows made with curly ribbon, and 3) ribbon on spools.
The next thing I did was look around the house for some containers and supplies to use to organize everything. I like to use what I already have on hand if possible.
I happened to have a pretty blue box that was the perfect size for storing some bows, so I put the basic bows into that box.
I didn’t have many of the bows made with curly ribbon, so I ended up putting those in a cute little gift bag.
The ribbons were a little more complicated to organize. The spools of ribbon took up a lot of space, so I wanted to get rid of them somehow. Since I have a LOT of cereal boxes, I decided to cut them up into little squares and wrap the ribbon around them. Then I secured the ribbon around the cardboard with a rubber band.
The cereal box and rubber band method didn’t work for all of the ribbons. I had two spools that held a bunch of different ribbons, so I kept those as is. I also thought those types of ribbons might get bent and ruined if I wrapped them like the other ribbons.
All of my ribbons ended up fitting perfectly into the plastic shoebox that I was already using to store some of my ribbons. I love it when things work out like that!
The two spools of ribbon happened to fit perfectly on one side and the other ribbons that I wrapped around the cardboard fit on the other side. It’s also really convenient that I can see all of the different ribbons I have without taking anything out of the box!
I am very happy with the results. No more digging around to find ribbons and bows out of a big disorganized box!
How do you store your ribbons and bows? Let me know in the comments.
Have a great day!