Wednesday 16 February 2011

WOYWW - #89

I love to see how other crafters store their stash and some folk are incredibly lucky with HUGE rooms and every sort of storage and display unit imaginable. Space being at a premium in my little 'den' means that most of my stuff is stored behind sliding doors on shelves specially sized and at the right distance apart to take up to 4 shallow Really Useful Boxes heightwise (or a combination of deeper or mixed ones) and three across each width. I had a brilliant and very patient local carpenter to do all of this - I even thought he might take up card making once we'd finished all the planning and installation!

I don't have the luxury of ribbon reel storage so that I can just tug a bit of ribbon and snip it off a reel on a piece of dowelling or whatever - but this works for me:

Oops, the Martha Stewart Punch Around the Pages are still on my desk from last week - within stroking and sighing range!

Anyhow, this is a 9 litre Really Useful Box ( with four divided insert trays stacked on top of one another).

A bit of quick maths means there's a total of 60 compartments so I can sort through ribbons in colours and textures easily. I can get 5 metres of ribbon easily into one compartment - probably a lot more but I prefer variety to quantity.Once you hit over 1" width ribbons this stacking system isn't really viable though :(

I also store flat flowers and lots of other bits and pieces in this way. If I don't have anything more exciting to show next Wednesday then I might dig some more boxes of stash out!

Now I'm off for a nosey round what everyone else is up to on WOYWW - go to Julia's here to see!



  1. Thats a very space efficient storage system you have there. Everything at your fingertips..fantastic

  2. LOVE your storage. It's so colorful and cheery. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Now this is a fabulous idea...thanks for sharing! ribbon is my nightmare but this would even keep me organised. I hope! Thanks for the visit earlier :D

    Ali x

  4. You're my sort of crafter. :-) I have a place for everything and everything goes back in it's place [a bit OCD really ]....I have to find whatever I need without wasting time looking for it cos I have such a busy life and have to look efficient with my sewing business so it's really a need for me. I really love your ribbon store Di.
    A x

  5. I think your storage is so practical and it looks so good! I really like the plannning you put into it, it works so well.

  6. Your ribbon storage is absolutely just what i need !!!Please tell where you found it?i need one desperatly the word need not
    So compact and tidy thanks for showcasing.Have a happy WOYWWhugs judex22

  7. Di do love your system and so easy to see what colour is where well done, thanks for sharing!
    Shaz in Oz.x

  8. Thank you ladies for your lovely comments! Jude, the Really Useful boxes come from Staples as do the compartmented trays. I've left you a comment on your blog. And thanks Moira, as you well know - I learned to be a bit tidy when we were at school together living in fear of Matron tipping our clothing drawers out when she did the morning check of our rooms! As Wipso says, it made me also a bit OCD....shame I don't feel the same about dusting : Di x

  9. A very good idea for those ribbons, easy to see what you have.

  10. Very nice idea for some ribbon storage! Thanks for sharing
    Vickie #30

  11. Ooh that's fantastic ribbon storage, love the choice you have too!

    Brenda 100

  12. Love your ribbon storage - please show more of your boxes I love seeing how everyone organised things ~ Nicky no.6

  13. Hi Di

    Love your ribbon storage - can't wait to see your other organizational ideas!

    Have a fab week and look forward to getting to know you!



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