Welcome to week 3 of Let’s Get Organized in 2017. This week is part 1 of organizing our craft area. I’ve started on my yarn stash. I started here because there’s lots of it and I think I can get it organized relatively easily. LOL
What I didn’t realize is that what you see is only about 5% of my yarn stash… I kept finding Joann’s, Michael’s and Wal-Mart bags that where here, there and everywhere with yarn in them… Not to mention mailing bags & boxes of nice yarn from when I got a bit of mad money and was buying yarn from individuals who were destashing on Ravelry… Anywhoooooo.
A quick Google search or peak around Pinterest will yield lots of interesting ideas for storage. Everything from reusing cardboard boxes taped together to repurposing furniture from other rooms to use for your yarn. There is no right or wrong way as long as it works for you to keep you organized. Plus, since everyone’s stash varies from those with less than 10 skeins to those of us who have several hundred, you really need to consider your stash size before you decide on a storage solution.
I seen this photo of repurposed magazine holders being used for yarn from Laughing Purple Goldfish. And I love the idea!
But, with several hundred skeins which includes lots of Red Heart Super Savers, Big Twist Rainbow Classics, and Caron One Pound skeins, for me this is impractical. One of those larger skeins would take up an entire magazine holder – IF I could squish it into there. That’s what I mean about the storage solution has to fit your stash.
Now this idea from Knits for Life I really REALLY love!
However, I currently don’t have the wall space for it… My craft room has 1 wall that’s nothing but windows and a door; the second has windows and a fireplace; the third has about 3′ on both sides of a set of french doors that lead to the living room; and the fourth is my only real wall space and it has a door to the hallway. Maybe when we move…
If you’re interested, you can find more eye candy and ideas for yarn storage on my Pinterest board – LGO2017.
Anyhow, between the lack of wanting to do something permanent (like built-ins) since we are currently in a rental, along with the considerable size of my stash, I decided to go with simple, yet organized and easily portable. I’ve read about people on Ravelry keeping their stash in plastic totes and having them numbered so that’s what I decided to do. These are the totes that I got – 18 gallon Sterilite plastic totes with snap on lids – that I picked up from my local big box store. I didn’t want to get bigger ones because I’ll be the one to move them around and I didn’t want them to be too heavy.
Here’s my plan. I’ve already numbered the totes (yarn 1, yarn 2, etc) using sticky labels. As I put a skein into a tote, I’m entering all the information, including a photo, into my Ravelry stash. If you have any sort of yarn stash, you really should be using Ravelry to keep track of it! First off, it’s FREE; second, it’s easy as pie; and third, it keep all relevant information regarding your stash in one place that you can easily access from anywhere with an internet connection. At the craft store and debating if you have a particular skein in your stash? Check your Ravelry stash! Need to pick up another skein but forgot to note the dye lot number? Not a problem – check your Ravelry stash! Out and about and talking to a potential client about yarns and she asks about the fiber content but you can’t remember? Check your Ravelry stash! So far, I’ve only come across 1 yarn that wasn’t already in their database with all the general information (weight per skein, yards per skein, fiber content) and it was easy as pie to add it. 🙂
Anyhow, as I’m putting yarn into the numbered totes, I’m also including the tote number to the information in Ravelry. Yes, there’s even a predesignated spot for you to fill in where that particular skein is being kept.
My OCD will not let me store multiple skeins of the same yarn in different totes, so this is a process for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to say by next Friday that all my yarn is organized… But we’ll see. First I need to go buy more totes. I laughingly only purchased 2 thinking I could shove it all in those. HA! Those 2 are packed full and I’ve only put about 20% of the yarn I have lying around in bags into the totes and I’ve not even touched the skeins on top of my shelves!?!
If you’re interested in purchasing the same totes I got you can get them here
Do you have a yarn stash that needs organized? Have you decided how you’re going to organize it yet? Share with us!