- Find your storage solution. We have pinned several images of great ways to store yarn, I strongly urge you to take some time and peek at what people have done on Pinterest. It is a wealth of ideas! There is truly no end to the ways you store your yarn from having a craft closet, storing it under the bed, on a book shelf or even have an entire room dedicated to yarn. The key is to make sure it is accessible. I have found these handy carousel closet organizers at Wal-Mart for just under $15. Unlike normal closet organizers they have side pockets and the hook is on a swivel so it can spin around making it easy to access all of your stored items. Target has these great under bed organizers with dividers for $11. You can choose to store your yarn in anything from plastic drawers to reused vinyl packaging from your sheets and pillow cases. If you choose to use cube style shelves, you can purchase them from both Wal-Mart and Target for a good price, but I have found that IKEA's Expedit shelves are great quality, very sturdy, versatile & attractive. Take your time in choosing an idea you like most and go for it (make sure it will contain all of your yarn before you go and buy anything)!
- Sorting your yarn. Now that you know where to store your yarn think of the best way to sort it. Will you have it sorted by color, fiber content, yarn weight, by project, etc.? Is your yarn going to be out on a shelf in your room, if so you may want to think about how it looks as well. Will you have it displayed in a rainbow or by contrasting colors? Here is a great article on how to choose to sort your yarn. (Side note: the link was part of the inspiration behind our little challenge.)
- Track your yarn. Wouldn't it be nice to have the ability to not only know what yarn you have on hand, but be able to locate it in no time at all? Before you begin putting your beautifully sorted yarn into it's new (or re-organized) home take the following steps and you will be able to do just that!
- Decide on a tracking system. Non-techies: Handwritten- Journal, notebook or note cards. Semi-techies: Spreadsheets such as Excel or Google Drive. Full on techies: Ravelry is awesome for tracking yarn, there are also a ton of apps available for smart devices.
- What to track? You should keep it simple by tracking: Brand Name, color name and number & dye lot, amount including weight and yardage, type of fiber, recommended hook or needle size, stitches per inch, care instructions, where you have it stored, when/where you purchased it and how much you paid, take a picture or small clipping and attach to the document as well.
- Back up your information. Every once in a while you should make back up copies of your electronic files. You never know when your hard drive will give out or you have a crazy power surge hit your house and everything is gone.
- Put yarn away. As you put your yarn away take pictures and make notes of where you have stored each skein for your tracking system. This is not the most exciting thing, but you will be so glad when it is all finished!
- Take an After picture. Now you have made it! Your yarn is nice, neat and where it belongs! Take a picture and email both the before and after photo to us so we can begin figuring out who our winner is! As I've said before, if you wish your stash to stay anonymous please let us know in the email and we will make sure no one knows who that stash pic belongs to.
How do you feel now that the challenge is complete? Do you feel better about your stash? Now the trick is keeping it this way! I'll do a post next week on tips to keeping your yarn, patterns and tools all as organized as they are now.
In the comments, let us know which storage method you will be using and how you plan on sorting your yarn.