Y Is For… Yarn! or, The Joy of Stash

I know, this is a topic one might think would be more suited to the Knoontime Knitting side of my website.  But yarn is an integral part of me, and I adore it so much, that it spills out into the rest of my life.  I also like the double entendre of yarn = story.  I’m an equal opportunity textile addict.

Yes, It Really Is All About the Yarn
Yes, It Really Is All About the Yarn

When we moved into our bigger flat, I had the opportunity to set up an office (which, if you have the chance to do it, take it: it’s heaven).  This, of course, meant that I had to move all the bits and pieces of my stash from one place to another.  I did have it somewhat organized, but I wanted to take the opportunity to make it Martha Stewart organized.

Best-laid plans, and all that.

I discovered something that surprised me.  I’m a right-brained thinker, which wasn’t the surprising part.  Because of that, I found that too much organization killed the fun of having the stash.  I no longer could wander into my mess and find something at random on which to work.  Now it felt like a duty:  finish this project, and then this one, and that one.

What to do?

I went to Big Lots and bought myself a three-drawer storage cart on wheels.  This now lives next to my spot on the couch and I can hide all my in-process mess in there if I need to.  The rule is strict:  no organization whatsoever in the drawers.  They’re clear plastic, so I can see what’s in them, but the drawers keep them dust and fur-free.  It’s the best of both worlds – I can have my mess, and hide it, too.

What about you, Dear Reader?
How do you organize your hobbies?

One thought on “Y Is For… Yarn! or, The Joy of Stash

  1. I think you found an excellent solution. As for me, I don’t organize my hobbies all that well, usually in bags stashed in closets. But I’m not nearly so prolific in crafting, so it’s not too bad. My X topic was xeriscaping at http://darlamsands.blogspot.com/ (number 1179 on the A to Z challenge list today) and I’m focusing on a flower for the letter Y. So I guess that tells you about one hobby – gardening is easy to organize! Best wishes, my dear

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