Spring is finally (and officially) here! It’s time to bask in the extended sunlight, to enjoy the delicate harmonies of chirping songbirds, and most importantly, it’s time to start spring cleaning! In case you were wondering, yes, that includes cleaning out your yarn stash! I know for some of you, the thought of trying to organize your stash is a daunting, down-right beastly task. The good news is, is that it doesn’t have to be! A couple days ago we asked a few of our fabulous Facebook fans to share some of their best tricks and tips for yarn stash storage, and they had tons of creative ideas. Together, we can all get organized!
- Keep your yarn organized by storing it in big scrap booking boxes.
- Use the nylon mesh netting that onions come in to store yarn.
- Stash your yarn in clear labeled totes, separated by color. Contrasting colors can go together, e.g., yellows and browns in one tote, black and reds in one, blues and pinks in another, etc).
- Use plastic bags to group together similar color yarn and store them in large, 35-gallon totes (like Rubbermaid). Keep any leftover yarn or scraps together in another tote, to be used for a future projects or repairs.
- Keep current projects organized by storing them in separate mesh bags (or produce bags) inside a larger basket.
- Sort by yarn type (wool, sock, cotton, etc.) and then place them in clear vacuum-sealed bags.
- To stay organized without sacrificing style, try keeping yarn stored in a woven basket. For smaller supplies and books, use a wooden keepsake box.
- Keep WIPs (works in progress) in reusable grocery totes for easy access.
- If any of your stash yarn was bought for a specific project, staple a hard copy of the pattern onto the yarn label. This way, you’ll remember why you bought the yarn.
- Clear plastic salad boxes are great for storing yarn – they stack well, are transparent, and can easily fit underneath the bed
Don’t you love these ideas? For even more inspiration, don’t miss the other 11 great organizational tips on AllFreeKnitting. You’ll find neat tricks for storing double pointed needles, crochet hooks, and more. If that’s not enough to get you excited, we also have plenty of free knitting patterns that will help you get organized. Check out a few of our favorite patterns below:
Kable Felted Needle Case – Aside from being an easy pattern to work with, this roll up case is compact and easy to store. Finally you’ll be able to keep your straight knitting needles organized and ready for use when you need them.
Zippered Pouch Tutorial – This quick and versatile project is perfect for keeping small odds and ends organized. Better yet, it’s also a great excuse to use up some of your leftover yarn!
Which tip is your favorite? Do you have any additional tips to share?