As a professional organizer it has been my pleasure to work with various crafters over the years, which has taught me a slew of never heard of terms related to their particular craft. One such a term was the “yarn stash”. Avid knitters will tell you that they just love their “stash”, though will quickly admit that it can easily take over several storage areas or even entire rooms if not stored in an organized way.
Whether you are just starting your stash or own one that seems to have gotten out of hand this may be a good time to take inventory, sort and store them in such a way that you will be able to enjoy and use your yarn for years to come.
As with any organizing project you will need to start by sorting through your yarn. Separate yarn by color, weight, fiber, or whatever category makes sense to you. Now, I know that you love your yarn, but be honest with yourself and only keep what you know you will realistically use and then donate the rest. Once you have sorted the yarn you will need to decide how to store it. If you have large amounts of yarn it may be a good idea to use online tools such as the one on Ravelry , which allows you to keep an inventory list of your stash. When planning a project you can simply reference back to the list and see what you already have on hand or may need to purchase.
Your next decision will be how to store your stash. Be sure to pick a dry, dust free space and think about what method of storage would work best for your available space. Pinterest will give you great ideas if you need a little inspiration. Some of the more common storage solutions are oversized Ziploc bags that come in a variety of sizes, lidded totes that can be stacked or cubbies like this one from Ikea that can be filled with the yarn itself or with bins or baskets that hold the yarn. Whatever method of storage you choose, be sure to label everything for easier retrieval of items. Include a designated area that hold your most current projects, as well as yarn that needs to be wound – you may want to use a Yarn winder and swift*, projects that need to be “frogged” (another new term for me) and a place for your yarn scraps.
These are just a few thoughts about storing your stash; I hope that I was able to provide just a little inspiration to motivate you to get organized. Feel free to leave your comments below. Happy Knitting!
* Check out this youtube video on how to use a swift