January 6th, 2013

31 Days to Get Organized: Flash Your Stash!

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Today is Day 6 in the 31 Days to Get Organized series. As you can see, we’re going to dive into our yarn stashes. I know a lot of you have been looking forward to tackling your yarn stash. Today’s task is a simple one. I want you to collect all of your yarn and take a quick picture. There’s a few reasons why we’re starting with this task.

It’s hard to organize what you can’t see – It’s going to be much easier to come up with a way to sort your yarn if you can actually see what you have.

Finding the hidden yarn – Once you start pulling out your yarn in the open, the act of gathering it may jog your memory of other places you’ve been hiding storing yarn.

A picture is worth a thousand words – Seeing your entire stash in front of you may make you look at it in a different way. You might be thinking you’d like to start trying some new colors beyond your usual. Or you may have more or less yarn than you actually do.

A yarn time capsule – I photograph my entire stash every so often. It’s fun to have a snapshot frozen in time and to look back at what my yarn stash used to look like.

Yarn as inspiration – As you pull out the yarn, seeing it and feeling it may inspire you to start working on a project you forgot about. Or if you’ve been in a knitting and crocheting funk lately, you might get the urge to start playing with your yarn again.

As you create your wonderful pile of yarn, pay attention to what yarns you get excited about seeing again and what yarns you’re less than thrilled about having around still. If you do not already have a way of sorting your yarn that’s been working for you, start thinking about how you may want to organized your stash (by color, weight, fiber, project).

I would suggest piling your stash somewhere you can leave it for a couple of days. We’ll be working on purging, sorting, and storing our yarn stashes this week. And yes, pulling everything out into the open, it’s going to look worse before it gets better.

Feel free to post your photo of your stash in the comments, on our Facebook wall, or our Ravelry page. It’s fun to see everyone joining along.

- Dena

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Dena

Ecommerce Marketing Manager at WEBS - America’s Yarn Store
Dena started working at WEBS in 2006, shortly after she learned to knit. She also dabbles in crochet and weaving. She finds knitting complements her marathon and triathlon training really well.
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  • Debb

    This is pretty scary, but I love it!

  • chrisknitz

    I am so happy I can say that my stash is already organized, sort of. LOL. I have it in one closet, and it’s contained, but I am sure there is some tidying up I could do. Some of it is just stuffed and thrown in with other things. Plus, I do need to weed out some items that will never be used!

  • http://www.facebook.com/louise.knight.31 Louise Knight

    My yarn is also already organized but would never fit in a closet. I have my own loft space and have my yarn in a zip lock bag for each color, then sorted by weight, and then in wire basket units sold as closet organizers. On top of the basket frames, I have those 24 in wide pre-finished shelves from a home improvement store. It makes nice long work tables for sewing on one side of the “L” and knitting and other crafts on the other.

  • Judi Berkau

    Oh, yea me! I just did this recently, and I sorted them by fiber into containers. All under bed now. :)