I had been storing my ribbon in a box from a baby shower gift I received 10 years ago. It worked, but not optimally. I kept the box closed, stored with my other craft supplies and would forget what ribbon I had. I rarely thought to dig the box of ribbon out for a project since it was "out of sight, out of mind."
My solution? Berry containers, specifically, strawberry containers.
The ribbon spools fit perfectly into the box. I simply pulled the ribbon tails through the slots at the bottom of the container and it works perfectly when you pull the ribbon out. I left the strawberry label on the box, I think it's simple and charming. But you could easily remove the label to have a clear box or even decorate the box. I just prefer the simplicity of the clear box with a small label.
The containers even stack well. Nice feature, since no crafter I know would have only one container of ribbon! These would be easy to stack and store on top of a craft table or a shelf in a craft area.
I store my favorite ribbons in strawberry boxes in a bread box on top of my craft table (my childhood desk) and the second string (not my favorite) ribbons in strawberry boxes kept in a drawer in the desk.
I'm thinking that the "temporary" strawberry box solution may become permanent. Functional AND saved from the landfill, how can I say no to that?