Knitting & Crocheting Blog Week: Day Three – Tidy Mind, Tidy Stitches

It’s Day Three!

Here’s today’s prompt:

How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised?

Ah, funny you should ask this today! Tomorrow the Knit and Crochet Show will release the info about the classes for the summer show before registration opens on April 7th. Why am I mentioning this? Because, I’m teaching a class on organizing your space at the summer show! I hope you’ll come out and take the class, we’re going to have lots of fun. I’ve been gathering all kinds of cool info to share.

Anyway, how do I organize my yarn?

As you may have read back in my designing series, I live in a 225 square foot room in my parents’ home. It was the old family room, so it does not have closets. Let me go fix a cup of coffee while that sinks in for you: I live in a tiny room with no closets and I’m a designer.

Ok, I’m back, have you processed that? Yeah. I won’t even discuss the fact that this house was built in the 70s so I only have one outlet on each wall. 🙂

Anyway, for new readers, in this tiny little room I have bedroom stuff, living room stuff, and a full studio. 225 square feet. I’m not a math person by any means, but I can tell you that’s too much stuff and not a lot of room.

However, I have gut checks with everyone who comes in my room and other than a tiny little spot against the wall that holds luggage totes, nothing looks too cluttered. I also declutter every week because I’ve watched too many episodes of Hoarders. If you can watch that show and not go and declutter something in your house, you’re a stronger person than me.

My room is divided into zones. Unfortunately, when I got my comfy chair I had to move my zones around a bit. So, my divider wall that I used to have by my table is now against the wall by my bed. It works there, I use the top half for a bookcase and the bins for holding swatches and projects.

My yarn, though, my yarn lives under my table. Here, let me show you it:

This is an older photo, and I’ve added a few since then (but there’s not a lot of light in here right now, so no new photos). I use plastic bins and at some point I will buy all matching ones (since it will make it easier to stack them). My yarn is divided mostly by fiber:

Big plastic bin: Acrylic (mostly Red Heart, TLC, etc)
Skinny plastic bin: Simply Soft & other Caron yarns (I’ve just always kept them separate)
Brown bin: Cottons
Green bin: Misc yarns I either need soon for swatching or yarns I can’t figure out where to put them (this bin doesn’t have a lid, so it becomes my “Gotta refile that yarn” bin and every week or so I go through and put yarn away)
Big clear bin: Thread….holy cow do I have a lot of thread
Skinny plastic bin: Wools
Little plastic bin: Lace weight yarns

Over in my storage unit there is a special cloth bin for sock yarn because that is holy and should be treated with respect. Amen.

Every few months I go through and take a hard look at my yarn and destash a lot of it. Last time I did this I gave away a huge black garbage bag full of yarn. And I’m still left with bins that are stuffed full. And it just keeps coming in (as I stare at a stack of yarn I just got for a project).

Organizing is an ongoing process. It’s not something you do and then you’re done. Unless you don’t interact with the stuff you’ve just organized. Otherwise, you have to constantly go back through things and see what’s working and what’s not. The reason my yarn got reorganized was because it wasn’t working for me anymore. It’ll probably get reorganized again once I go through to destash a second time.

So, a bit of a shorter post today (I can’t give away all my secrets that I’ll be teaching about!), but I hope it helped you. Until tomorrow!

Stay tuned, I’ll have a post each day through Sunday, answering the prompts given at Eskimimi Knits’ site. If you want to read the rest of the blogs that are also posting, you can do a google search on this term: 2KCBWDAY3. Everyone participating will have that term in their post and you can follow along that way. 🙂