The Shady Porch: Porch Parade: Tips, Menu, Faves & Pins #11

4.22.2012

Porch Parade: Tips, Menu, Faves & Pins #11

Operation Organization - Tips

In spite of the whirlwind week of daily projects and postings for the Earth Day Challenge, I still managed to stay on task and organize one of my trouble spots, too. (Yeah, I'm reaching around to pat myself on the back a little...shameless, I am!)  I've been trying, slowly, to revamp my craft area, which means going through my various bins and trying to condense and organize. Several of the bins contained ribbons - and what a bundled mess they were! I started my search for ideas and I felt so good when I found my problem was not unique. One of my ongoing Operation Organization goals is find solutions that require no $$$, so I was thrilled to find an idea that I could adapt using something I had on hand! 
Top Photo - close up of the new system
of wrapping
the ribbons on cardboard.
Bottom Photo - This is the ribbon bin now!
Notice there's only one!!

BEFORE












The inspiration idea involved purchasing 4"x4" wood blanks - the kind often used to make mosaic coasters. I thought, "With an abundance of cardboard around here, why not just cut it to size and use it?"
I measured the inside of the ribbon bin and cut the cardboard to fit. Then I put a dot of hot glue on the cardboard and attached the ribbon. Once it cooled a little, I starting wrapping the ribbon around the cardboard and then secured it with a large paperclip or a rubber band. Sometimes, I used both. I continued this process until all of my opened and unruly ribbon was now arranged using this new system. It took much less time than I expected and I was extremely happy with the results! Not only have I condensed down to one bin of ribbon, I think it is easier to see what I have available and the ribbon will be in much better shape when I use it.

I wrapped similar colors and seasonally-themed ribbons on the same cardboard;
now my ribbons are even more organized!
You might not be a crafter, but just about every home has ribbon for occasions like Christmas and birthdays, so if you have a ribbon wad in a box, bag or bin in your house, I highly recommend this super solution!  

Dinner Menu for the Week of 4-23

  • Cheesy Ham Pasta
  • Smoked Sausage Sandwiches
  • Fish & Chips
  • BBQ Roasted Chicken & Grilled Potatoes
  • Homemade Pizza 
  • Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans
  • Chicken Alfredo
Cheesy Ham Pasta

Rock 'N Share Feature Gallery

Thanks everyone for another fun party! We had lots of great stuff like free printables, Blog Tips, furniture makeovers as well as yummy recipes like -  DIY Twix Bars, Crab Pretzel, and Sweet & Salty Brownies. There was so much more but that gives you an idea of what you might've missed. Luckily, you can still check it out HERE

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"I made the earth and created man upon it. I, with My hands, stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host."
Isaiah 45:12 (AMP)