I began this process of decluttering my dreams about a year ago. I had found myself completely overwhelmed by physical things and by dreams of projects and success that clouded my vision. Instead of using these dreams to motivate me, I was stuck, crippled by the sheer thought of “beginning.” I discovered A Slob Comes Clean, the Podcast, and this totally changed my life. The author of the blog and podcast is Dana K White and she is now a household name/ joke for my husband to crack whenever I take a load of junk to Goodwill. She helped me work through the process of slowly decluttering and just beginning. Once I started, it was easier to keep going because I saw the small progress and was encouraged by it. 

This yarn project was one I had been putting off for a while. Other parts of my house were slowly pared down and brought under control while my yarn room stayed cluttered and chaotic. It was then I had a major reality check. Our family began the process of becoming certified to be foster parents and we needed another room in the house to be dedicated to kiddo beds and toys. (At the time, all three of our kiddos were in one room). The only “extra” room in our small, 1900’s Portland Bungalow was my yarn room. Out it all came, in the span of one day, into the only place we could find space for it; the master bedroom. At the time, I had these two hexagon shelves, one 6 cube IKEA shelf, and 5 of those long, underbed plastic storage bins. Even then, the yarn was overflowing out of all of those containers. On top of it not actually fitting, I couldn’t see half of the yarn I owned because it was stuffed precariously and tightly under the bed. It “worked” for about a week until I accidentally purchased yarn for a project I already had proper yarn for. Because it was so disorganized and chaotic, I didn’t even realize it was there until a few weeks later when I went searching for a different type of yarn. It was at that moment I realized I needed to do something, fast, because I was about to lose it. 

From there, I buckled down hard. My goal was to make everything fit onto only the hexagon shelves. I knew I needed to move and move quickly because I had approximately 5 months before we would be adding another little life to our home and she would need space in our bedroom for both a bassinet and clothing storage. I held a destash sale on instagram and was able to sell 3 full plastic totes yarn. Then, I went all out on Christmas presents and used about 20 skeins in total for that. Finally, from Dec 26th- Dec 31st, I held the Wip Week Wipeout (WIP stands for work in progress) , which was a chance for myself and for any maker that wanted to join to declutter my project bin. I started the week with 8 wips, and then found 3 more in a different bin under my bed. I completed 5, frogged 3, and was left with 3 remaining projects. My original goal was to completely  bust the bin and begin 2021 with a clean slate, but my progress was still encouraging to me despite not completely finishing. The timelapse below is the final celebration of this process for me; the reorganization of the yarn. My goal was met in this video: fitting all the yarn onto just these two shelves. No more under-bed chaos for this lady!! 

Reorganizing my yarn:

I stick to a few main rules whenever I go to organize yarn. First off, I like to sort it mainly by weight of yarn. In the finished photo you can see that the top two shelves are chunky weight and the next three are worsted weight. The bottom shelf (from top to bottom) contains 1 shelf of DK weight, 1 shelf of fingering weight, 1 shelf of super bulky yarn (I kept this one down low since its the winter and I want to use it while its cozy season), and the very bottom shelf is cotton yarn. I kept the cotton yarn separated since its such a different fiber and I use it for completely different sorts of projects. All of the cotton yarn is organized from left to right by weight since it isn’t separated on the weight specific shelves. I like to organize yarn like this because it helps me when I’m planning projects or testing patterns for other makers. I can look in one or two specific shelves to see exactly what of that weight yarn I have. Because it is now all in one place, I can know exactly how much I have of each type, color, and weight of yarn. In addition to this, I hung the hanks of yarn I have on hooks to the left of these shelves for ease of sight. I have to lay the hanks sideways on the hexagon shelves to make them fit depth-wise and then they are always blocking other yarn behind them. These hooks provided a practical way to store them until its time to use them up! 

 

 

 

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Mickyla Jackson