That seems a problem for all of us. I have a box for thin ribbons that lets me put spools on a rod and feed the ribbon through a series of holes in front. I've never seen anything like it in this country though. Most of my ribbons are in a draw, some in small clear plastic boxes (I think they had ice cream in originally!) and some on spools. It isn't totally mess free but at least I don't have to empty the whole drawer to find what I want. The boxes are in the drawer. I have a few I got at a discount store but they have solid colour tops - the icre cream boxes are semi clear so I can see what sorts of ribbon are in them. I've also tried winding ribbon round pieces of card and this helps keep them tidy but I prefer something round as flat things tend to leave fold creases in the ribbon.