For many years I’ve refrained from discussing the size of my yarn stash. It’s big, unwieldy, and well, my philosophy has always been:
Part of that denial was definitely related to my storage system, or lack there of. While I started valiantly with tote tubs, it quickly devolved into a chaotic jumble. Let’s just say this illustration rings particularly true, especially the last line.
Shopping bags and shipping boxes had become the default storage containers, which meant I didn’t know what I had and couldn’t find what I thought I did have. The point of having a stash is lost if you can’t use what you do have.
Clearly something had to change. I had visions of being discovered buried under an avalanche of yarn (which if you have to go would be a good way).
I’d been looking at the storage cubes from 31 Gifts for a while when they came on special in January. It seemed like the perfect time to make a resolution to improve the stash storage. I had an online party, and through the haze of flu-induced fever and associated drugs to combat other symptoms, I placed my order. Another weekend of sorting out what I ordered (there were some surprises in there) and voila: improved stash storage.
That little nook had been wasted space. The cubes fit in there perfectly with a little extra space to maneuver when needed. I thought I’d prefer the chalkboard squares, but I’m really liking the plastic fronts to be able to see what I have. It’s easier to believe I don’t need to visit the yarn aisle, store, or website when I have a clear picture of what I have (full disclosure: I still visit but I’m buying less). I’m hoping soon I’ll be able to see that I’ve managed to use some of the yarn that’s been hanging around a while. And even if I can’t, I now have a beautiful display of my yarn “collection”. 🙂