It doesn't take long to accumulate excess yarn. It just seems to grow and those plastic shopping bags full of the leftovers from your projects or great deals you couldn't pass up just seem to multiply in the corner.
Eventually all the corners of your home are taken up with leftover yarns that still have life left in them for another project one day and you simply don't want to throw them out. You can donate them to seniors homes and to some craft stores that help supply any knitters who knit for charity. But if you want to keep what you have, then you need to get organized. Sigh!!
Take an afternoon or a day depending on whether all your yarns need to simply come out of bags or if they somehow had a square dance and all got tangled up, in which case you may need a pot of coffee to get started and roll up your sleeves!
Figure Out Just Where They will Live
Figure out their place, whether it will be a crafting room or a corner of the closet. Once you see the space you can afford, then you need to get creative with the storage. I fell in love with this idea of hanging closet storage, as this gets your yarn off the ground and you will be amazed at just how many can fit in one of these.
I love this!! If you click on it, you will see this is on Amazon, and is less than 10 dollars! It will house many balls of yarn and there is pockets for your knitting patterns and some needles. This will get them off the floor. I would personally use this yarn storage idea for the yarns you are not using at the moment. But the best thing about this unit is that you can see pretty much right away just what you have and don't have so that you don't duplicate (I am guilty of this!)
If you have a lot you could separate them by colors, or gauge, or size, and then get a second one for even more. So if you can afford some closet space, you can utilize the vertical space in the closet without taking up to much width. This is an awesome idea. So take the yarns you are not using now, and stash them in something like this to keep them clean and separated. No more bags on the floor!
This particular closet organizer is a bit more money but it can house a lot of yarn too! It also has drawers where you can stash your accessories, such as needles, sewing supplies, your patterns and more. It would definitely have a neater and organized look and not take up too much room in a closet. Using the vertical space or the height makes perfect sense when it comes to storing any craft supplies. It doesn't have to be labeled "craft storage" to be used, just get creative with clothing organizers.
If you can spare the room, or if you are blessed with a craft room, you can get these corrugated put together shelves that can house your yarn one skein deep so that you can see them all right away. If you have a lot of yarn you are not using right now, storing them is the best way to keep track. You would be surprised at just how quickly each project of yarn with accumulate and somehow tangle.
Once you have your yarn supply sorted, it is time to organize the yarns you are using for your present projects. I really love this portable case above. As you can see in the picture you separate the yarns and feed them through the hole in the top and the yarns stay clean and untangled forever! I usually work from my knitting bag or the ball rolls around on the floor and collects cat hair, lovely.
Stop Getting Pet Hair on the Yarn!
So, when you are done knitting or crocheting for the day or evening, you simply keep everything in here and stash in the closet or beside the couch without the worry of it getting dirty or tangled.
Dollar Tree Ideas
If you are on a tight budget you can head to the Dollar Tree or Dollar store and find pretty cheap baskets that you could sort your yarn between and stash. You can also get stackable baskets that would make it even easier to store smaller amounts of yarn but vertically. You can then see them and know just what you have.
Get into the Habit of Storing Yarn after Each Project is Done
As soon as you finish a knitting project, get into the habit of storing the supplies right away. If you ended up with a few straggly bits of yarn leftover, throw them out right away. Its these straggly bits that start the tangle process! Take a quick look at your leftovers and decide if they are worth keeping. If they are find them a home right away, this helps to curb the tangled mess.
If you are wondering why I suddenly showed you a picture and a link to undies storage, think outside the box! These drawers can usually fit under the bed, which is another great place to organize knitting supplies as well as crafts and even out of season clothes. If you organize it right. Purchase organizers designed for socks and undies and you can also use them for balls of yarn.
Yank them out from under the bed or open a dresser drawer and you can see right away just what you have without digging. This is just another idea for yarn organizers.
Hope this post has got you inspired to get organized. You will feel better and it will feel like Christmas when you come across supplies you didn't realize you had! Happy Knitting!
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.