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As a result of my family’s recent move, I have the fun (and slightly daunting) task of developing a new storage system for my yarn hoard. (I like to call it my “hoard” instead of my “stash” since hoard makes me think of a dragon’s treasure!)
I’m starting from scratch because I didn’t really have a storage system before. There was a time I was able to store most of my yarn in the dinning room credenza (some people call it a buffet), and the spare room closet, and the attic. Ok, it was spread around the house a bit!
The house we just left was an adorable farm house that dated to the early 1800s. This translated to no closets and low ceilings. As a result, most of my yarn was exiled to boxes in the attic.
I was able to keep some “active” yarn in a jumble on a table and hang others on some pegs on the wall, but it wasn’t a good system.
Our new place is modern construction, which translates to big, beautiful closets!
My first ideas was to put the low table in the closet in order to save floor space. As you can see, I’m continuing to store my magazines and books on the table shelf.
I had vague ideas of acquiring shelves or pigeon cubes that could sit on the table and hold my yarn. However, there had to be room for the swift and ball winder to operate unimpeded.
Since this closet is in my home office, the main goal was to utilize the space since nothing else would be stored in it. At the same time, since we’re renting, I wanted something I could take with me to our next residence.
Smooth surfaces that won’t snag my yarn were imperative, which meant pretty wicker baskets were out. I wanted a neutral color that wouldn’t distract from the yarn, so white or black were top of the list.
One of my friends said she uses those canvas shoe bags that attach to the closet rod. In the next breath she admitted she probably has less yarn than I do!
I considered that suggestion, but was worried about stability. However, if those canvas sorters can hold shoes long term they should be able to store yarn. In the end I rejected them as not having adequate space for my needs.
I also considered utilizing plastic storage bins. In fact, I was already using a few. They come in multiple sizes, the clear ones make it easy to see what they contain, and the lids keep the yarn clean.
These bins are actually pretty popular as a storage option and can be inexpensive as well. If you have a small living space you can get those flat ones that go under the bed.
The draw back is access can be difficult. You practically have to dump the entire bin when you are looking for something. At least, I’ve always found them difficult to paw through when I’m after a specific yarn.
I have a mix of personal yarn that is earmarked for projects and work yarn that I have to be able to quickly grab. Access is important to me.
After thinking through several options, I realized the table would have to come out of the closet and shelves and pigeon holes would have to go in.
Another friend recommended the Expedit shelves from Ikea. While they are quite attractive, they are also big and a little grand to stick in a closet! I ended up with a Mulig shelf instead, which was more affordable and rather utilitarian. Sticking it in a closet was a reasonable thing to do.
It only filled half the closet and didn’t provide quite enough storage space. After all, I don’t intend to stop acquiring yarn. (An impulse to which I’m sure you can relate.)
Getting a second shelving unit wasn’t an option because there isn’t a store near me and I didn’t want to wait for it to be shipped. I also wasn’t sure a second one would fit in the closet. Instead I went to Lowes and got a pair of ClosetMaid 9 cube units. My husband had to do some fancy maneuvering to get them into the closet for me, but he managed it.
At the moment, most of my yarn has been shoved randomly onto the shelves to get it off the floor and out of the reach of my dogs who were starting to eye the pile as a place to nap!
My next step will be sorting and organizing the yarn isn’t a sensible system. It’s another daunting task that I expect to take several days.
How are you storing your yarn? Share your solution in the comments so we can get inspired. If you’ve blogged about your storage system, post a link so we can see.
I’m also open to suggestions about how to organize my yarn.