May 1st, 2014
Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo shares tips for keeping your yarn organized and accessible even when you’re living/ working in a small space. Read Kathryn’s previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.
It’s always a challenge for crafters to keep their yarn organized. If you’re working with limited space, the challenge gets even tougher. Tough, but certainly not impossible. With a little bit of creativity, your yarn stash can be easily organized and accessible even in a small home or studio.
Step One: Destash
Make sure that all of the yarn you have in your home is worth keeping. Much like when you organize your clothes closet, go through your yarn stash and ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you love it?
- Will you use it?
- Do you have a project in mind for it?
- Is there some other compelling reason why you must keep it?
Take any yarn that didn’t get a yes to at least one of those questions and de-stash it. You can donate it to charity, send it to an artist who needs yarn, sell it online or host a swap party to exchange it for yarn that you will use.
Step Two: Organize Projects to Go
Make a list of all of the projects that you are already working on or definitely want to work on. Create a pile for each list that includes the pattern, all of the yarn needed for the project and the required hooks. This helps with small space organization because each project can be stored in its own space. You can get creative with how you package it and where you store it.
Some ideas for storing each project:
- In a sealed bag (this is ideal since it protects the project)
- In small storage containers, especially stackable, modular ones
- In bins and baskets, making each project its own décor object
Some places you might want to store a project or two:
- In the car
- In a tote that always goes with you
- In bags hung on doorknobs in the home
- On unused shelves or in unused drawers
- Beneath furniture
Step Three: Sorting Through The Rest of the Yarn
Once you have only yarn you love and your projects are separated out, it’s time to organize the rest of your stash. First you should decide on a sorting method that works for you. Some of the most popular choices include:
- Sorting by color
- Sorting by yarn weight
- Sorting by fiber type
- Sorting by brand
- Sorting by likeliness of using it soon
Select your sorting method and sort all of your yarn into manageable piles.
Step Four: Storing Yarn in a Small Space
You can now divvy up the yarn that you’ve sorted into different spots throughout your small space. Here are our top ideas for storage spaces in small homes:
- On bookshelves, especially hanging shelves
- In stackable containers, including vintage suitcases and plastic bins
- On the fireplace mantle
- On the wall, like art (or similarly, on a peg board)
- Under stairways, beneath tables, under the bed, in nooks and crannies
- In a large, decorative wine rack
- In baskets, bowls and large vases
- In shoe organizers or magazine racks; think vertical organization!
- In laundry hampers
- Inside storage furniture, such as chests, toyboxes and cabinets
- In an overhead hanging storage system like this one
- In the closet … doesn’t sound novel but if you dedicate one single closet to all of your yarn storage and organize it properly it can be the best space.
Think creatively when storing yarn in a small space. Don’t just consider out-of-sight spots. Think of ways to make the yarn storage part of your home décor. You can enjoy it before it’s used and access it easily when it’s ready for use.
Still need more yarn organization tips? See our previous articles on yarn stash organization, spring cleaning your yarn and getting your crafting organized. Also be sure to check out our Craft Spaces and Storage Ideas Pinterest board.