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What do you do if you need to organize a LOT of yarn?

When you have a large collection of yarn, think about how you want to categorize them so that they’re easier to find. To keep track of all your skeins, create an inventory either on paper or by using a spread sheet. You can also use Ravelry, a free website that lets you  track of all your yarn or upload pictures of your stash to Pinterest.

Here are some categories you could use:

  • Color and patterns
  • Fiber  (e.g., silk, cotton, acrylic, wool, linen, etc.)
  • Weight (e.g., lace, bulky, worsted, etc.)
  • Discontinued
  • Care Requirements (e.g., Hand wash, dry clean, machine wash)
  • Brand (e.g., Martha Stewart Crafts)

Once you’ve decided how you will group your collection, it’s time to figure out how you want to store them. Here are a few options that you might like:

Clear Containers

Clear containers can work well because you can right through them (but add labels anyway!). The Rubbermaid Clever Store Organizing Trays are great for storing knitting needles and other tools.

Rubbermaid Clever Store Premium Latch – Clear Lid

Rubbermaid Flex Totes

Rubbermaid Clever Store Organizing Trays



Other “Containers”

Get creative and use “containers” that are typically used for other things or mount storage cubes to the wall or the inside of a closet.

Colorful storage cubes

Frosted cubby organizers













Billy Bookcase


Vintage suitcases











Deb always seemed to have a knack for putting things in order, and started re-designing her mother’s room at the age of nine. Fast forward several years later and you’ll find her helping clients get more organized and comfortable in their homes and offices. Check out her website at D. Allison!




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