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Hey there, dear friends, it's time for some spring cleaning! After an extremely busy season of knitting for the holidays and for quite a few new designs, my knitting area is a bit chaotic (okay, really chaotic!). It doesn't help that my little ones love to sneak into my yarn to find something for the neverending craft projects at my house! I love a little bit of chaos, but it's reaching a breaking point here.
Today, we're going to talk about how to organize your knitting supplies and create a clutter-free space. Fear not! With a few tips and tricks, you can create a space that's organized, functional, and beautiful.
First of all, let's talk about decluttering. It's important to go through your supplies and get rid of anything you no longer need or use. This can include old yarn, broken needles, or even projects that you know you'll never finish. Be honest and RUTHLESS with yourself and let go of anything that's not serving you. If you don't love it, are you ever actually going to use it? Probably not.
If you find a lot of yarn to destash, there are numerous Facebook pages, and Ravelry pages that can help you out. Here is a link to Yarn Hoarder's Destash on Facebook, and here is a Destash Forum on Ravelry.
I've also found that local art teachers love extra yarn and supplies. But, in all honesty, if it’s only a few balls of yarn that I know that I’m never going to use, it’ll go in the Goodwill box that I always have stored in the back of my trunk.
If you’ve been keeping yarn ball bands (because you might forget which yarn you were using!) you can (1) simply snap a picture and keep it in a folder on your phone, or (2) place all the ball bands with a little snippet of yarn taped to it in a file folder or pencil case. I like to use these:
Next, let's talk about storage. There are a variety of storage options available for knitting supplies, from baskets and bins to drawers and cabinets. Consider your space and your needs when choosing storage solutions. For example, if you have limited space, vertical storage options like shelves or hanging organizers might work best. Also consider if you would like your stash to be visible, or if you would prefer sealed containers to keep anything that might contaminate your yarn out (ie grubby toddler hands, dust, or even the dreaded wool moths!).
I love clear containers that stack - plus they work great to help organize my kids craft supplies and toys!
Here is what I use - they are small enough that they can fit into any closet (I don't have a dedicated craft room) and I love that I can see exactly which yarn is inside:
Another important aspect of organizing your knitting supplies is labeling. Labeling your yarn, needles, and other supplies not only helps you find what you need quickly, but it also adds a touch of organization and style to your space. Use labels that are clear and easy to read, and consider adding decorative touches like washi tape or stickers to make them more visually appealing.
And don't forget about the power of organization systems. Tools like knitting needle organizers, yarn winders, and project bags can help keep your supplies in order and make it easy to find what you need when you need it.
Lastly, creating a clutter-free knitting space is all about mindset. Approach the task of organizing your supplies with a positive attitude and a sense of excitement. Think about how much easier it will be to start new projects and how much more enjoyable it will be to work in a space that's clutter-free.
In the end, organizing your knitting supplies is all about creating a space that's functional, beautiful, and inspiring. With a little effort and a lot of determination, you can create a space that's as joyful as the act of knitting itself. Happy organizing!