Before: I kept my spools in my hat box along with lots of ribbons, rick-rack and bias tape. (This picture was before organizing my loot!)
However, because my hat box couldn't fit near my sewing desk, I would end up hoarding spools of thread on the desk instead of putting them back in the hat box. Hmm... extra spools on the desk = clutter and clutter = dampened creativity.
Solution: a vintage colander! I found it at a cute little vintage shop in town :)