Organize your Yarn Stash In a Small Area

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We all love yarn, right? We love the way it feels and how it looks and all the wonderful colors that the dyers come up with. So, why does it usually end up stuffed in plastic grocery bags or piled in baskets and crates? We have a problem…a yarn mess problem. Let’s organize your yarn stash!

My Yarn Before

Yarn mess

Yarn Mess!

I am almost a little embarrassed to show these pictures, but the first step to getting better is admitting I have a problem! Now, you won’t hear me say that anyone has too much yarn. There really is no such thing. So, what I had was a problem of storage and organization. My other problem was space. I don’t have a whole room that I can devote to my yarn and I don’t have a huge cabinet that I can organize and make Instagram-worthy. I do have a small area in my master bedroom that I can devote to storing my yarn and tools.

Assess What You Have

The first step in organizing your yarn stash is to gather all your yarn, tools, and projects and put them in one space. This is important because you can see if there is anything you need more of or you might find a project that you haven’t finished yet! You can also sometimes find a hidden gem and think of a new project. It is also a good time to look at your tools and how you have them stored.

Organize Your Yarn and Tools in Piles

Once you have everything in one spot, go through and organize it. There are so many ways to organize your yarn. You need to pick the one that makes sense to you. I chose to organize my yarns by type of yarn first and then size. So, all my cotton yarns went into one pile. All my bulky yarns in another pile. Do the same with your tools.

Now, look at these piles and think about the space you have for yarn and ask yourself a few questions
Do I want it to be open so that I can see it?
Would I want it to be covered from dust or pet hair?
Do I want it to look cute or will it be in a closet or away and I really just need function?

Once you have determined these things, you can choose the storage options that are right for you. I wanted mine to be open storage where I could see it and I wasn’t worried about dust or pet hair. Since it was going to be visible in my bedroom, I wanted it to look cute, but not overwhelm the room. So, I took a look at how much yarn I had and what I needed and I started researching some options for this area.

What I Did

Organize your yarn

Organize Your Yarn

I ended up purchasing a cube organizer. It has 8 sections. I like these because they are not super expensive, they hold up well to light use, and they look good either open or with storage baskets. Then I decided to put my bulky yarns on the bottom row and my thinner yarns in the top row. This shelving unit has a nice top, so I was able to get a basket to hold my tools and put that on top. I put my blocking boards to the left side where they are not standing out. Then I put a WIP on the top of those, so it is still usable space. I put a lamp and some finished projects on the top of the shelf too. My project bags are off to the right.

What is Working

I still love the shelving and the flat top to put things that I need quick access to. In the time since doing this, I have gone on to organize my tools in a small plastic pencil box. Having everything organized and in one place has been so amazing for me and my creativity. It is also just lovely to walk into the room and see all my yarn displayed.

Virtual Stash

Okay, now that you have have your yarn stash organized, are you ready to go digital? Did you know that has a great option to organize your stash online? Did you know there are apps to connect to Ravelry so that you can update your stash on the go?

Stash2Go Lite

Stash2Go Lite

Stash2Go LiteAlong with Ravelry, I use a free app called Stash2Go Lite. There are several apps that integrate with Ravelry, but this one was the one that got the most reviews and seemed to work well with Ravelry. It is not fancy and the interface is pretty basic, but it works. You can also use it to upload pictures or check on your friends or forums. Until Ravelry comes out with their own app, this one works for me on my iPhone.


Here is a list of apps that are compatible with Ravelry. Pick one and organize your stash online too!


Do you use any of these apps?
Do you have a yarn mess too?
Have you organized your yarn stash?

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  1. Katie on August 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Great job with organizing! I can relate to trying to organize craft supplies. I am lucky to have a room for my scrapbook supplies, but it has taken years to get it organized just right.

    • Lisa on August 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Rose will be sharing a post soon about how to organize when you have a whole room!

  2. Kamie Berry on August 10, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I think I will use some of these ideas to organize my daughter’s craft supplies. They’re taking over the house!

  3. Kelly on August 10, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I love how organized it is but the part I really can’t get over is that there is an app for that! How wonderful to be able to virtually take your stash with you every time you hit up a yarn store – even if you’re far from home. That’s a great recommendation!

    • Lisa on August 10, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Yes! The app is wonderful for yarn store visits.

  4. whitneythill on August 10, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I don’t have yarn but this gave me a good idea how I could organize an area in my house!!!

  5. Emily on August 10, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    This is a great way to organize yarn. I only have a few skeins of yarn, but fabric is another story. I have yards and yards of fabric on hand. Right now I have scraps piled in crates, but folded would probably look better.

    • Lisa on August 10, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      I love seeing folded fabric too. So colorful!

  6. Cerin on August 10, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    So organized! My OCD is happy!

    • Lisa on August 10, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Mine too!

  7. Stacey Billingsley on August 10, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    This is inspiring me to get more organized in my house. I have some areas I could definitely improve. I also had no idea there were apps for yarn! How cool!

  8. switchj1 on August 10, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Your before and after pictures are impressive. I wish I could do that with everything in my life!

  9. shelbrown on August 11, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Every time I read your articles, I want to pick back up my crochet needle. I forgot how much I loved crocheting.

    • Lisa on August 11, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Please do! We can do a project together! 🙂

  10. Melissa on August 11, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    My yarn looks like your before picture!! ???? my husband will thank you for posting this, haha!

  11. mommabeaver3 on August 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    That looks great! MUCH better and more efficient than before. 🙂

  12. Christy on August 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I’m definitely in the same ‘before’ camp with sewing supplies. The crates look great, thanks for the inspiration to finally get organized!

  13. Christine on August 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Inspiring! I’m not every organized but great ideas.

  14. waneklychaoticlife on August 11, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    That looks amazing! I seriously need to send this to my MIL 🙂

  15. Kourtney on August 11, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    I love good organization!! Looks so beautiful.:)

  16. Joanne on August 12, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Wow, great idea! Thanks!

  17. Carmen on August 12, 2017 at 3:18 am

    What a great way to organize the yarn! It’s so easy for it to become a tangled mess!

  18. Bola Adesanya on August 12, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Wow! This is amazing.

  19. Lisa on August 12, 2017 at 5:36 am

    What a great way to store your yarn! My pile is much smaller, but it is either is a bag (yikes!) or a nice leather bag that I designated as my yarn bag.

  20. Lila on August 12, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Your stuff looks great! I don’t have as much space as you, so it’s all crammed in two big plastic containers. Which brings me to something you might want to consider–mothproofing your stash. You may want to keep your yarn in closeable containers or at least ziplock bags. You don’t want to lose it all to moths or carpet beetles!

    • Lisa on August 12, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Great point!

  21. Nicole Cruze on August 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Great job getting organized!

  22. Barb on September 1, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    My yarn is in huge flat plastic tubs in my craft/guest room closet. There is no room for guests to hang up anything because of the stacking drawers with craft stuff and bags Top shelf has tubs of fabric for quilting, I would love to be able to see what I have so I do not rebuy, I do this a lot! Still the closet is so full I cannot find things, my glue gun and ergo shears have been missing for 2 months. Maybe I need to limit the number of crafts I do? I will try anything and I love tools and gadgets.

    I need to watch, organizing the room!

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