Are you drowning in yarn? If you are like most knitters and crocheters (and those that live with them), I bet you are. This is something several of my readers have mentioned as their biggest organizing problem, so today I’d like to share 16 clever yarn storage ideas that are easy to make, take up little space, and help you keep your yarn neatly organized!
Now, I must admit, I have crocheted a few pot holders and knitted a scarf or two in my time, but that is the extent of my talents.
See? Here is my poor son enveloped in a scarf I made for him for Christmas. He did love it, though!
My husband, on the other hand, is a wonderful knitter and makes gorgeous sweaters with intricate patterns and warm woolly socks for our whole family. I am very envious! 😉 Look at this sweater he made.
He, as well as other enthusiastic knitters and crocheters, has tried to show me how to knit several times over the last 20 years, but I really think the problem is that I am left-handed and all those who try to teach me have been right-handed. I don’t think my brain works that way! At least, that’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it! 🙂 I just get to enjoy the fruits of others’ labors instead. And I am perfectly happy with that.
Having said that, though, even though I’m not a knitter or crocheter, I do live with one! (He also does very elaborate cross stitches, too, but that’s for another post.) So, I do understand the need for ways to store yarn. Lots of yarn…
So, here are 16 clever yarn storage ideas that are easy to make, take up little space, and help you keep your yarn neatly organized!
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These first yarn storage ideas are perfect if you have the floor space.
Get an inexpensive cube shelving unit and stack the skeins in.
You can see all the colors at a glance. If you have smaller balls of left-over yarn, get one basket or box that fits in one of the cubbies and store all of those little balls in there.
Another way to store those little balls of yarn? Use an egg carton.
It’s easy to store all of the smaller balls and the cartons can just be stacked with the rest of your yarn.
(Or you can wrap them around clothes pins.)
Purchase a dresser new or from a garage sale with deep enough drawers for skeins to stand upright.
This is also a great way to store all your needles and other supplies, too.
Along the same lines, you can get very inexpensive plastic drawers.
This drawer tower can be tucked into a closet, and they can be stacked, so they add a lot of storage in a small space.
If even that takes up too much space, use CLEAR plastic storage bins.
They come in sizes from shoe box to quite large. So use what works for your space. These take up even less space in the corner of a closet, and can be stacked neatly, so they don’t topple. I recommend storing your yarn by color so it’s easy to see what you have at a glance.
Re-purpose an old hutch.
I like how this one is used for many types of craft items.
Re-purpose an old desk.
Awesome that they also included lights, too!
An Ikea rolling cart.
I just love these RASKOG carts! They are useful in so many ways, but this is so simple to park right next to your knitting chair and it really doesn’t take up much room. But it is easily moved when you need to.
If you don’t have a lot of floor space, use the walls for yarn storage!
Use a wine rack.
They come in all kinds of styles, are easy to hang, and pretty inexpensive. Here’s the link to a wooden one you can purchase through Amazon.
And here’s a wire one for a different look. But they would be a simple build, too.
Mount boxes on the wall.
Look at how gorgeous this is! And they are simply square boxes mounted to the wall. You could also use crates for a more rustic feel.
You can also use pretty woven baskets.
Use Command or Velcro hooks or strips for easy mounting and without having to hammer lots of holes in your walls.
Another fun idea is to use an expanding wooden rack.
A fun look and easy to hang. And depending on how large of a rack you get, you can hold a lot of yarn this way.
Other ideas for yarn storage.
Use a shoe bag.
Another great idea is to use a hanging closet cubby.
Yarn can easily be stacked in the cubbies. This is also a great storage idea if you have lots of fabric.
Under bed storage bags are also a great way to store yarn out of sight.
And usually it’s just wasted space under the bed. I really like using the zippered, clear plastic storage bags to help keep dust and other things that lurk under the bed away. And they hold a lot of yarn!
Carrier for skeins needed for a single project.
Plastic tray with high sides and empty disinfectant wipes canisters. An inexpensive and easy way to keep all of your yarn together yet separate and untangled.
A bonus way to do this is to purchase a plastic storage bin with a tight-fitting lid.
Drill holes in the lid to thread the yarn through as another inexpensive way to keep your yarn together yet untangled!
So there you go! Lots of inexpensive, totally easy ways to keep your yarn neat and organized. Do you have a way that works for you that I missed? Please share in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!
P.S. Want some other organizing ideas? Here are ways to organize and store your gift wrap supplies.
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