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.
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:
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.
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:
Some places you might want to store a project or two:
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:
Select your sorting method and sort all of your yarn into manageable piles.
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:
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.