Organizing My Yarn Stash

My goal for this year was to use up my yarn stash.  In order to do this I decided to start by getting my stash organized.  We have a woodstove, which creates tremendous amounts of dust, so I decided to get some clear plastic totes to store it in, as opposed to those awesome cubbies everyone else is using.

The point of clear was to be able to see the colors.  There have been so many times I don’t even look to see if I have something because I don’t want to dig through my stash.  I figured if my goal was really to try to use it up this year then I needed to be able to see what I had.

On my 1st venture to the store I picked up 3 – 56 qt. totes.  I got halfway to the registers and decided to go back and get 2 more.  I live 1/2 hour to the closest store, so it’s easier to return it than run back out if I need more.  I got them home and got right to work.

I pulled out the yarn from my walk-in closet.
I pulled out the yarn from my little yarn corner of the living room.
I pulled out totes (not clear) that I already had put in the basement.

I then started to organize by yarn weight and labeled the buckets. I put all pastels in one bucket, winter/darker colors in another, etc.

Then I ran out of buckets – oops!

So, on my next trip into town, I stopped at the store again.  Again, I was only going to get 2 more, but something told me to pick up some extras.  So I ended up getting 4.  Back home I went to work again. Then, the unthinkable happened.

I ran out of buckets again! – All I could think of was “Great, now that I have all my yarn in one spot Danny (my hubby) is going to know just how much yarn I really have.” lol – (Don’t worry, I came clean and he still loves me.)

So, I’m embarrased to say that I have 9 large buckets of yarn, and 3 small ones, and I still have 2 more boxes of yarn in the basement, yarn on my island, yarn on my computer desk… get the hint.

I’ve created a “Stash Busters” button on the sidebar.  I’m planning on putting all my free patterns here, plus adding new ones hopefully bi-weekly.  It may take me a while to add my free patterns that are already on the site, but they’ll all be there soon.  If you’d like a quick link to the patterns you’re more than welcome to grab the button code too.  Enjoy!

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