Drawer Organizing Challenge – My Yarn Stash
Welcome to Week 2 of the Drawer Organizing Challenge. Last week we kicked off the first week in the kitchen. I organized my baking tools and gadgets. This week we did drawer organization in our office, craft, and living rooms. My challenge this week is how to store my enormous yarn stash and still be able to use it.
I’m a total yarn freak. I have stashes of yarn all over the house. Some of the yarn is in bags (canvas and plastic), some in containers, but most of it is just stacked on shelves or in drawers. I have so much yarn you’ll find it in every room of my house. It covers the desk in my office, on my nightstand, the wine rack, and in the linen closet. What’s really bad is that I have to dig through it all to find what I need for my project. It’s so overwhelming that I often just buy more. It’s so much easier than figuring out where it is and digging it out. What to do? Plan, organize, and store.
Tips for organizing yarn
While I have some yarn in plastic containers, my daughter talked me into using decorative baskets. I was against the idea at first, because I felt like baskets would just replace the bags, containers, and bookshelves and take up more space. Then I thought it might actually help reduce the clutter if I organized by yarn type then by use and keep the most used yarn out where it could be easily located.
Step 1: Plan for use
Where do you want to keep your yarn? I like to have my favorite yarn readily available. I also have stashes of yarn that I rarely use. This yarn doesn’t need to be readily available. I also had yarn that was old and out of style. This is the pile to be donated or to be tossed out. I decided to keep my most used stashes of yarn out where I could easily get to it.
Step 2: Sort and organize
I grouped the yarn by fiber, yarn weight, and brand. I had a rather large group of worsted weight 4 in one brand that I often use for scarves, hats, and mittens. A second large group of worsted weight 4 in another brand is used for everyday crafts and some apparel. My third largest group is cotton yarn, my favorite for all kinds of projects. I had a couple of small groups of various trendy yarns. I generally use this yarn for special occasions.
Step 3: Categorize and store
Rarely used yarn can be put away and stored. I found plastic storage bags with zippers and divided the rarely used yarn into groups for storage and put them up in a closet. The most used yarn was stored in decorative baskets that I picked up at JoAnn—wicker, wood, and metal. These baskets are placed around the house in the rooms where I usually crochet. Some of the baskets fit nicely under the end tables while the wicker basket sits in a corner. I try to keep the yarn labels, if possible, with the yarn for easy reference. I have stashes where the labels came off, so I collect and store them in plastic Ziploc bags that I tucked inside the basket.
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