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Old 04-28-2009, 05:15 PM   #1
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DESPERATELY need some Organization
Jan's post and pics abouther well organized yarn stash really got me thinking, I NEED HELP!!

I live in a very tiny house (about 1300 square feet), my yarn room doubles as my office, computer room and storage space. It's a 10 x10 room (with no room to breathe).

Who is the guy on Oprah that goes around helping Folks organize? I wish he'd pay a visit to my house. Between work and ambulance duty I just don't seem to find the time to get it "together".

I'm very ashamed to show you these pics but here goes... (there is also yarn in the guest room in bins. I would love to find a shelving unit that would contain my stash as well as keep it from getting dusty. Right now I depend on plastic bags.
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:09 PM   #2
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Last summer I invested in some metal shelving from Target. They come disassembled, but go together easily and are very sturdy and strong. Even if the cats decide to jump up on the top (they are about 6 feet tall) the shelves don't budge.

I also invested in zip-up sweater bags and stack them on the shelves. They keep the yarn clean and I can see what's in them. I love having all my yarn in one place where I can see it.

http://www.target.com/Seville-Classi...20units&page=1
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Where did you get the sweater bags? Don't know if you can tell but alot of my yarn is stored in those plastic zip bags that blankets come in.
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I got them from Target, too. I did get some on line, but Target turned out to be cheaper. They are available in a couple of sizes, as well.
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You can also get giant ziplock bags at WalMart or Target. They're difficult to stack, though, and tend to always be spilling off the shelves.

If you want to be able to see all of your stash, clear plastic tubs are good and can be stacked quite high if you find ones with tops that are made to have the bins nested into them. (Try dollar stores first!) That means you won't need shelves so much, although eventually you'll want them, as unstacking bins starts getting to be a bit of a pain after a while. (And for some reason, the color you want is always near the bottom.)

In my studio, I have those Sterilite plastic tub storage "units" lining the walls (model 2830 are the ones I have) -- I only ever bought them on sale, or I couldn't have afforded to fill the room with them. You can usually stack one on top of the other, so long as what you put in them is fairly light. My advice is to leave the rollers off, as I found that this was where the things usually broke from the strain on the wheels.

I've seen entire walls of these Sterilite products in people's workspaces, with various products jigsawed onto the wall as needs called for.

For long term storage of fibers, though, you'll need to pick archive safe products -- storing delicate fibers in plastic long-term can be a recipe for disaster.
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:21 AM   #6
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i wish i could help with organization

but my yarn stash is litterally under 30 skeins

and 8 of those are in use right now with a blanket

so i am jealous of needing to organize it (mine all fit in a tote box)
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i have those plastic sterlite bins as well, and like them because you can get different sizes and stack them. I left off the rollers too. I have a walk in closet lined with them.
You could measure your shelves and get the drawers that fit on them, then you just stack them in there.
I buy them on sale at Target also!
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You look pretty organized to me, Ginny. I have a closet that has yarn stuffed into knitting bags, paper bags, plastic bags. My current "in use" stash is in a gigantic Christmas present box (like for a coat or something else large). When I get some time I think I'll make that whole closet into a nice storage area.
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I think the solution is to knit it all up!
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While I like the plastic bin idea, to keep the dust out. I don't want to stack and unstack to get too the yarn. So I think it's going to be some kind of shelf and bin combination.

Right now the upper half is shelves, I may remove the counter top and continue the shelves right down, spacing them to allow for bins.

I would LOVE to have a honeycomb of bins and leave the yarn right out but I don't want the yarn to get dusty, so it really needs to be in a container.
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