I am constantly looking for great storage and organizing options. I have tried several different methods of storing my many spools of ribbon: on dowels suspended between two lengths of chain mounted on the back of my studio door (I liked this, but it wasn't portable enough); on a long dowel on two hooks hung on my wire shelves above my art desk; in Iris cart drawers (too messy); in the cardboard display racks used by the craft stores (I really liked this but just don't have much wall space to spare); and, most recently, I had them in four plastic ribbon boxes from Target (like shoeboxes with holes in side for ribbons to thread through). Again, this took up shelf space
Yesterday I found a pants hanger at Target and came home and organized my ribbons. This hanger is made for hanging 5 pairs of pants with four swing-arm bars. I was able to fit all my ribbons except the whites and metallics. As you can see, it's very compact, will take up little space on a hook or in the closet and is easily transportable. I used tiny sequin pins to secure the ends of the ribbons so they won't become a tangled mess. And, it was only $5.00! I think this is going to be a very compact and portable solution!