Organizing yarn can be daunting.
Organizing yarn can make you weary.
Organizing yarn can be exciting when you find the right items to fit your space and your needs.
There are hundreds or thousands of ways to organize yarn, from shoe boxes to closet dividers or plastic bins to space bags, but sometimes we have to go an unconventional route when you live in a tiny space that does not allow for improvements. Here are 2 small ways I was able to keep over 150 skeins- not all pictured- out of the way.
Some items, like hooks, needles and scrap yarn are stored in a large oak chest of drawers along with WIPS and specialty yarns. (I’ll share how I organized that in another post.) Of course, shelves are always nice, but not always practical. We had an empty wall and I decided to hit the gardening store for ideas and found these “iron” window boxes that typically hang over a railing or are placed hanging outside a window.
This pic is from the day I purchased them for about $25 each and my husband put them up while I went to get all that yarn for orders. Great timing! For a quick fix, we placed flattened and uncut cereal boxes in the bottom to keep the yarn from snagging. We would line it with fabric, but decided to trim back the cardboard as it was a little sturdier. Eventually, it was well organized and I was able to sit on the sofa below and pull the yarn through the cage as I worked. Once the skein dwindles down, you can slide it out of the cage.
Those skeins were going to be used immediately for my beards. Now, I still had the remainder of yarn to organize. (Mind you, this is before Christmas so the majority of my orders were already in and I was ready to hit it.)
On a regular errand out to one of those larger stores that has a bit of everything, I found these canvas bags. The best part of these is they are just as tall as the 7 to 14 ounce skeins. A bonus is they are quite thin so they breathe well, but strong enough to be dragged across the floor or stacked in the closet. Once I emptied one, it was folded away.
I recommend dividers of some sort when your stash gets low.
The big plus was the clear, zipper top and they were only $3 each. They may be some sort of under-the-bed sweater or wardrobe bag, but to me, they are life savers!
Soon, I’ll share how I organized my oak chest of drawers. Please sign up to receive my blog notice via email and visit me on Facebook.
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