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Published on March 5th, 2018 | by Mara


7 Ways You can Organize Your Stash!

There’s no doubt how much us knitters and crafters love our yarn! However, we do seem to have drastically different methods when it comes to storing our prized fibres! Whether you’re a yarn hoarder or prefer a neat and tidy collection, here are 7 ways you can organize your stash!

Neat and Tidy

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Some people have a neat and tidy system to organize their stash! Whether it’s in a cupboard, labeled in boxes or on shelves – an organized stash is a thing of beauty and definitely worth showing off!

The Cave

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Ever get that feeling that you should look into that one drawer/cupboard/room that you always throw your yarn into? The cave storing system is definitely a common one for knitters. Even though it’s not the prettiest, at least you’re sure your yarn is safe and sound (somewhere)!

Pet Owner Special

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Pet owners have their own set of challenges to deal with! We think our feline housemates love our yarn as much as we do! We advise either investing in paw proof storage or just surrender to your fluffy apprentice!

Small and Simple

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Small. Simple. And a great conversation starter! You might not go large with your stash, but your yarn collection certainly gets people talking! Perfect for knitters who prefer to knit-as-you-go, storing just enough for your next project means you are never inundated with unnecessary balls! And as your yarn doesn’t take up too much space (and looks oh so pretty!), you can easily display in your bedroom or living space as a decorative feature!


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The dream! Your own local yarn store. Let’s just say, resisting a good yarn sale is not your forte. Of course, a well organized stash needs 10 different shades of blue! Whether it’s wool, cotton or acrylic, you have it all!

The Leftover Collection

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Waste not, want not! The ‘Leftover Collection’ consists of treasured yarn scraps from earlier projects! After all, there’s no point throwing away good yarn with so many fabulous patterns to choose from!

Stash, What Stash?

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New yarn, new project! You might be one of those rare knitters who prefer not to stash at all! Equipped with resourcefulness and excellent planning skills, your nimble knitting abilities means you’ve always got the perfect amount for your current project. And if there ever should be small amounts left you immediately start a scrap blanket, which is both efficient and pretty.

How do you organize your yarn? Let us know in the comments below!

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Last updated: March 5th, 2018.

45 Responses to 7 Ways You can Organize Your Stash!

  1. miss agnes says:

    I’m from the neat and tidy school, a nice stash packed in plastic boxes, away from dust and sunshine. I would love to get down to the nice and small stash though, actively working on it.

  2. Christine Reffet says:

    I put the yarn balls I’m not using in plastic containers and those I’m using in knitted and felted baskets.

  3. Diane says:

    I have a mixture of approaches, projects on the go and just about to be started, about 4 or 5, are in colourful jute bags around the room with pattern and needles. Yarn for warmer weather projects are in the craft cupboard awaiting their turn.

  4. Pauline Roberts says:

    Yarn awaiting projects can be condensed right down by lining plastic boxes with vacuum storage bags…..still easy to view and access!

  5. Jan says:

    Beware of moths. I found out they prefer the finest yarns in my collection. So no more storing of animal fibers in beautiful baskets.

  6. Donna says:

    I have my extra wool in large holdall bags with pattern in with it kept forgetting what I was going to knit with it (had it so longkept buying more) so organised at the moment

  7. Psycowitch says:

    I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my Yarns, I’m in the middle of packing to move house at the moment so I have no up to date photos. I have two huge white cube units with fabric drawers and they’re organised by weight. Then I have some drawers dedicated to my favourite indie dyers. That gives me a total of 32 boxes in the white units. I also have smaller black cube units, these are dedicated to spinning fibre, adding another 20 boxes. Then there’s the Acrylic stash which is kept in large storage crates. I love my stash and the new house we’re moving to is going to give me a much larger dedicated craft room filled with natural light.

  8. Gail Rollo says:

    Eight 50 litre storage trunks. Four 20 litre plastic boxes. Three cardboard boxes. One hold-all and a partridge in a knitted pear tree. Too much?

    • Gudrun Dockstader says:


    • Sarah-Jane says:

      I’m with you, Gail!! Way to go, and never too much! My elderly Dad came to live with us for a couple of years so I even had to move some of the said stash to my daughter’s (who fortunately had just purchased a 4 bedroom house and they were only using 2 bedrooms!) – enjoy!

  9. Isla says:

    I bought two 4 drawer plastic storage units with see through drawers on wheels. Each drawer filled with a specific yarn eg, one drawer 4 ply, the next double knit etc. I can wheel these about depending where I want to be but they normally stay in a cupboard. Desperately trying not to buy any more and use up what I have, but cannot resist sales and the charity shops, as well as your amazing site.

  10. Gudrun Dockstader says:

    I don’t have my LYS but I use all the rest of the methods. Well except the last one. Though I did think she was hiding her stash behind the blanket. The method I use if my daughter’s coming over.

    • Sue says:

      I heartily endorse this method!

    • Jeannie Carle says:

      Oh me too – don’t I WISH I had my LYS LOL I have to hide mine from my youngest son — “You have too much yarn, Mom”. Hmmmph. doesn’t know any knitters, does he? HA – my grand-daughter AND my DIL have begun their own stashes since I taught them to knit now heeheeheehee!

  11. Kees says:

    Hoarding yarn does not automatically imply that it is unorganized. Just saying. . .

  12. Linda says:

    I store mine in an old freezer. I had quite a moth problem, hence from the working freezer to kill and larvae to the yarn freezer. I have the yarn organized in tubs, vacuumed bags and loose by weights in the freezer and more yarn in tubs in the house.
    My name is Linda, I’m a yarn and sugar-aholic.

  13. Kriss says:

    Love the pictures.
    My acrylic stach resembles the organized dream in Ikea shelves separated according to weight. Animal fibers in drawers and bins. Having the yarn on display is like art on the wall, an inspiration for my next project.
    However, while working on the inspired project the area looks more like “waste not” with yarn laying out in a jumble.
    Then the small leftovers are stored in the much appreciated mesh bags from my favorite yarn website, Loveknitting!!
    Your service and dedication to quality and value are apparent.
    Thanks for everything thing you do!

    • Carol Zalek says:

      Ditto, except I use the clear zippered bags for storage by weight – the ones my large bedspread or quilts are in when they come back from the laundromat. (They don’t wash well in my appliances.) Then there are the clear zippered clothes storage bags on clothing racks in the basement . . . I need to be able to see the color, amount and weight.

    • Leomargaritka says:

      How an acrylic stash could be someone’ s dream?!

  14. Joan Jenkins says:

    Well, it’s good to see I’m not the only Knitting wool hoarder. My husband thinks I’m barmy on buying wool with no definite pattern to follow. But it’s almost addictive with me, I see lovely colours and yarn mix that I must have. Then I think about the project after!!! I have 14 plastic storage boxes full and still some extra balls in the lovely net bags received from loveknitting.
    So like Linda, I’m a ‘woolshoperholic’!!! Long may the pennies flow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Jude B says:

    And there I was worried that my 2 large plastic containers and several WIP bags, that seem to multiply every time I look at them, was bad!!! Seems I’m lagging behind…..

  16. Deborah Rolen says:

    I put my yarn by weight in cardboard boxes. But as I read about moths I think I will plastic container everything. I’m a sucker for wool blends, any type of wool blend.

    • Carol Zalek says:

      I had alpaca in a cardboard box and I never saw what ate it, but something did. Switched to clear plastic with zippers. Besides… outta sight…outta mind!

  17. Christine Such says:

    So many good ideas here.It seems every room I go in I’m confronted by bags of yarn,since my kids have left home I have two spare rooms so I need to organise them in one room,I will take on board all the good suggestions. Thank you.

  18. Catherine says:

    The yarn I bought before I learned to control myself is in plastic bins waiting for the perfect pattern or the perfect time. I have about 6 of those full of wonderful yarn that was on sale for a too-good-to-pass-up price. After I realized the extent of my hoarding, I started limiting, sort of. I decided I must have a project with pattern in mind, and someone to give it to, before I buy. I put the new yarn and pattern in one of those wonderful reusable totes they sell at JoAnns or Michaels – and then I had to start using my grocery totes. Now my entire guest room is covered with these totes and they’re starting to show up in the rest of the house. There are too many, way too many, projects I haven’t started. And I have about 14 WIPs surrounding my bed, and my sofa. I work on them as the mood strikes me and, surprisingly enough, I really have made a lot of great stuff in the last few years. But I have to stop, really, just stop buying. Seriously, I need to stop.

    • Carol Zalek says:

      Yay, Catherine! Me, too! So many WIP but I get them needed. Just now 5 pr of socks after two afghans for nephews headed to college. I always have socks on the needles and a sweater or two going for me, and charity caps, scarves and mitts out of leftovers that wont work in an afghan.

  19. Anne says:

    I have a craft room that contains a huge ‘L’ shaped desk, four drawer file cabinet, bookcase and closet. The closet has plastic storage bins with yarn and fabric. The yarn is sorted by weight and then color. I add to the stash frequently which requires the bins to come out about every six months for reorg. I value this time because it keeps the creative juices flowing. Revisiting all the colors and textures and creating combos for new projects. Yarn is a habit I have no desire to break

  20. Marian Neil says:

    The stash has taken over my boxroom!

  21. Virginia Navaroli says:

    Had a couple little moth issues. Then heard that Irish spring soap deters the little guys. I now have Irish spring in all containers. Just discover I should have put a bar in my sock drawer. My most fiddle sock too

  22. Julie Flack says:

    My stash/collection is LYS (not that I own a wool shop), I just have enough wool to stock a shop. I have a lovely set of cubed shelves that contains every colour in the rainbow. I just feel that you can never risk running out!
    Some people love shoes/bags, but I would rather have something that I can make into a gift for a new baby or friend.

  23. Katie Lind says:

    Tubs. Pink tubs for warm colors. Blue for cool. Gray for neutral. Labelled with exact color. Clear for multicolored. That is my medium 4 weight acrylic system. I have two other green bins for yarn that don’t fit in that category. That is at Mom’s house. In my 504 sq. ft. apartment (with no storage), I have several pretty bags.

  24. Diana says:

    I use a combination also. I have 2 large under-bed plastic containers with lid — one for crochet thread, the other for acrylic worsted weight. Also in office closet, 3 hanging, 4-shelf, zip-front sweater units holding yarn sorted by color. Then leftovers, wound in balls and stored in several baskets and, finally several bags of WIP with patterns. I also have several large plastic bins of completed items to be sold and/or donated. I’m also a knitting needle and notion addict – 2 sets of Hiya interchangeables, wooden and metal DPNs, and crochet hooks. And I have 2 full shelves of knitting books and a binder of downloaded/printed patterns.

  25. Dana says:

    LYS…yup, that’s totally my style! (with little packets of moth balls, cedar shavings, or Irish Spring to deter the fiber munchkins!) And fabrics…and paints and brushes…and beads and semi-precious stones for jewelry making…I think you get the picture. I never met a creative art I couldn’t get addicted to!!!!! I’m 70 years old, but I want to be Kaffe Fassett when I grow up!

  26. Audrey hodge says:

    I think mine beats all of yours. I have two8ft x8ftx2ft cupboards completely full of large crates of is mostly natural fibres and the other room acrylic novelty, cotton and oddments. I also have 3 very large drawers full of baby acrilic. As for patterns I have 12 v large files of single patterns organised of course. Then I have well over 50 pattern books and about 30 magasines

  27. Janice Cascio says:

    When I either order it online or go to the store, as soon as I get home I organize the colors, seal them in 2 1/2 gallon ziplock storage bags, which holds three skeins. I have large storage shelves my hub built for me and two built in large closets with all deep shelving they all go in. No dust, bugs, no fading and clean ready to use.

  28. Mary Bradt says:

    Thanks to everyone for the inspiration. I’m recently retired and joined a group making items for our NICU – caps, bonding blankets, etc. I’m glad that I remember knit and crochet basics from 40+ years ago when my kids were young. I’m watching videos to learn new tricks and thanks to you I have a wealth of suggestions for organizing my growing stash. But first – I must finish an afghan that I began knitting when I was a newlywed! I still love the acrylic yarn and pattern. It’s a little musty but no worries about moths!

  29. Nancy P. says:

    I have several (or many) storage bins, organized by colors. Then I also have current projects in canvas bags (for portablity) with the yarns and pattern in the same bag. Depending on the project, I have bigger and smaller bags. I even have a couple of small bags with projects in my car for when I have to go somewhere and wait.
    What I would like is the LYS set up with a wall of cubbies to store the yarn out where I can get to it, rather than moving bins out of the way to get to the one(s) I want to take yarn out of for the next project.

  30. Nina says:

    I honestly thaught I was a hoarder of all things fabric and fiber and no one else does this,well now I know better,I will stop trying to hide my indulgences and learn to enjoy my hobby! Im comming out of the closet loud and off to get more zipup plastic bags, yey!!!!

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