Mikey’s Yarn Storage Tips

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

46 thoughts on “Mikey’s Yarn Storage Tips

  • October 2, 2014 at 10:46 am
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    I love your thoughts on this. I’ve recently been thinking about a better way to store my yarn. I thought about having it in cases similar to what you’ve shown, but I have one major problem. we have cats in the house and if it were out in the open, it would be COVERED in cat hair and they would love nothing more than to nap in/on all the yarn, so they would pull it out and make themselves a hole. I recently came across a wardrobe cabinet at Ikea that I think I’ll be using. It has a frosted glass front, so the yarn will still be semi-visible. If I can get some extra shelves for it, then I’ll be able to do almost what you’ve shown, but be able to close the door and keep the cats out. Now I just need to put my plan into action.

  • September 20, 2014 at 10:38 pm
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    I love this. I am trying to figure out how I want to store my yarn (yarn is my passion, and I’m a hooker; sometimes I knit) in my geodesic dome home. I desire to organize by type of yarn (wool, cotton, acrylic, etc), then by color, because that is what makes sense to me; I’m very visual, especially w/ memory, so having it organized as such, when I’m at a yarn store, I’ll know if I’ve already got “that color in that fiber.”
    So, Bang On! This was great. I definitely appreciated your reasoning about the totes & stuff. Yarn needs to breathe, especially in my area.

  • June 15, 2014 at 3:32 am
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    I bought 9 cubical shelving at Walmart for about forty dollars apiece and they are stack-able. I also have plastic shelving that is as tall as me and completely full of yarn in my living room. A family friend came over recently and saw the yarn wall, his comment on it was that is a very pretty yarn collage, which I happen to like better that my stash or my collection. I love all of your ideas and your videos have helped me become a better crocheter. Thank you.

  • September 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm
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    Hi Mikey, I love your storage method. I too have a collection of yarn and I organize it by brand and weight. I currently have 460 skeins of yarn. It is stored in 64 and 128 gallon totes in my walk-in closet. I also inventory my yarn so that I know what I have. I have purchased yarn in the past only to get home and realize I already have the same yarn. I inventory at least twice a year and recently sent a box of yarn that I knew I was not going to use (buyers remorse), hooks and a yarn drum tote to South Africa for my nieces housekeeper. From what I understand yarn is very pricey there. I have another box ready to ship this weekend.

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  • August 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm
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    I love your idea of storing by brand, not color. I’ve always done it by color but thinking logically about it, it makes sense to do it by brand. I like working on a project with all of the same brand yarn. Each brand have their differences and it can really show up in a project when mixing and matching. Love your yarn room, Mikey. Please adopt me!

  • August 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm
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    Wow, I wish I had a room like this. I store mine by type in Space Bags or plastic storage containers. I separate by wool, acrylic, baby, cotton-worsted weight, cotton – fine weight, and specialty. I cannot walk in my walk-in closet without moving yarn.

  • August 25, 2013 at 8:36 am
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    I store my yarn by colour. Not thought about storing in brand. I need a re-think and a junk out. I have a challenge on at the moment not to buy any more yarn without meeting the following criteria to buy one ball of yarn I need to use up minimum of 10 balls of yarn that is already being stored.

    I am an impulsive buyer and tend to buy without a purpose, convincing mysef I will use the yarn for many, many projects. I just kid myself….. So far I am hit and miss with my challenge but I am getting better; as I am using as much of my old stock yarn for charity projects or various online challenges in an attempt to reduce.

  • August 25, 2013 at 4:21 am
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    This is a great idea. I actually have 2 of the shelving from Ikea except in red. Was hoping to use to store excess kitchenware. Can’t wait to use it for my yarn now. Just wish I had a collection like yours.

  • August 25, 2013 at 2:31 am
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    i have mine on the same kind of shelf although i only take up 2 spots for skeins and one for my box of yarn balls and one for finished projects lol

  • August 25, 2013 at 1:39 am
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    I have access to lots of boxes from the recycling center where I work. I turn them open side out and stack them in rows and columns like you re shelving. Saves from spending money on shelfs and I can buy more yarn.

  • August 25, 2013 at 12:40 am
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    Thanks so much for the tip Mikey!!! I am using totes at the moment and didn’t realize there could be a problem. I do know the hassle of having to shift the totes to find/get what I’m looking for. LOVE your system!!

  • August 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm
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    I have a 24/7 webcam feed from my home office/craftroom on my webpage to help promote my work, and I use my yarn as part of my backdrop. Folks who view it are delighted by the rainbow of colors displayed on my top shelf. (Since I mostly only have redheart yarn, it makes sense to sort by color, with exceptional skeins and balls of yarn set aside for easier access.) It also just makes me happy to walk into my office and have yarn all around me, to know that whatever project I decide to attempt, I have the necessary materials to make it happen. I also share my yarn if I have someone in my life who could make better use of it than me, but I am often repaid in kind by another skein in a color I don’t have yet, so it balances out.

  • August 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm
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    If it makes you happy….It can’t be that bad, as the song says! Totally Agree.

  • August 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm
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    IKEA also sells shelves, with glass doors on them. Great for storing yarn, dust free.

  • August 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm
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    I should have said(you have organize ). Sorry, I left out (you).

  • August 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm
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    I just filled a bag for Goodwill today. I hope someone makes good use out of it.

  • August 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm
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    Well, you have quite a collection of yarn, but I do like the way to have it organize. I plan on having my craft room soon. But, I don’t think I”ll ever have that much. You love to collect yarn, that’s great. Good luck

  • August 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm
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    maybe you can set up clear shower curtains to keep the stink out and still see what you have.

  • August 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm
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    This is so cool. I don’t have the room right now….maybe when the rest of the flock flies the coop, though. I have cats as well….they would see rows upon rows of nap attack stock, and a bit of play time I suspect.

  • August 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm
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    Do you have a link to the shelves you bought? I don’t have an Ikea near me 🙂 and with my vision … it’s hard to navigate Ikea’s odd way of organizing their website… Really?! They can’t just put a “shelves” tab? >.< lol ~Taura

  • August 24, 2013 at 8:17 pm
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    I just came from ikea and bought a large bookcase to shelf all my yarn. Turns out I had more yarn and afghan kits than I thought. Not sure if I will ever finish. But now that I see what I own it makes it easier for me to pick a project to work on. Instead of spending more money on yarn.

  • August 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm
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    I had my tubs numbered, and kept inventory on my computer on an excel spreadsheet. I like this much better. I can still keep my spreadsheet, but display my yarn. The best of both worlds!

    • August 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm
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      I would love to start an inventory of mine. Can you post a copy of the spreadsheet or email me a copy as I am not sure how to go about starting one?

      • August 25, 2013 at 10:54 am
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        I don’t inventory my yarn. Unless this comment is for another person that is doing that. 😀

        • August 25, 2013 at 11:07 am
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          It was in response to Audrey above who said hers is in tubs and numbered. I have so much sometimes I buy what I already have.

          • August 25, 2013 at 11:08 am
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            Wish I could get a hold of Audrey

  • August 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm
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    What is the Ikea name and number of the units you used. I want to go in and check out them out.

  • August 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm
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    I have an Ikea unit also, I worry about moths in my wool so it is in cloth covered boxes from Ikea also. I am re-doing mine today also. Fun but messy until done.

  • August 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm
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    Looks like a dream come true for me. Walmart also carries cubes that are stackable and have a door for anyone who might be concerned with dust. I have four dogs so having something like this in a space far away from then would save my creations.

  • August 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm
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    Thanks Mikey for sharing…& I also prefer collection rather than stash 🙂

  • August 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm
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    I think it’s awesome, and very organized. love it

  • August 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm
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    Wow mikey!!! Looks awesome, I was wondering did spinrite hook you up on free yarn? I hope so….:)

  • August 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm
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    I have my yarn in totes. Keeps it safe from mice and other critters that happen to get into my basement.. I love your space..

  • August 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm
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    Love your idea. I store mine in totes for right now by brand first. I would love to be able to have a room solely devoted to my craft. Maybe when all my kids move out..

  • August 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm
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    For those concerned of “dust” collecting on their yarns, set up sheer fabric curtains over the shelves. The curtains will bock the dust circulating in the air from reaching your previous yarn, and the sheerness allows for easy sighting of a particular color.

  • August 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm
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    I just put plastic square baskets up on my wall last weekend and pulled all my yarn collection out of totes to store it better. I love the look. It’s like art on the wall but functional as well. I have a lot of yarn but I also co chair a prayer shawl group for our church so we use a lot of yarn making prayer shawls and lapghans. I end up giving some of mine away as well to other members of the group that need it. But my crochet is my life.

  • August 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm
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    I wish my husband would let me do that. Maybe when we get a bigger house!

  • August 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm
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    I use some of your ideas like winding the remainder of a ball, etc. I don’t have as much yarn as you do, but I have a double garage that’s air conditioned full of yarn and paraphernalia. I belong to a group that meets every week and we bring yarn we don’t need or want and give it (or swap it). Whatever is left after everybody takes what they need is donated to local charities.

  • August 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm
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    I have a 1- bedroom Condominium. Though it is large, space is limited. I do have a personal storage room in the Basement. My Yarn is stored in those Space Bags. I would love to display my yarn like yours in my storge room, but, possibility of flooding, and spiders, ( hate them ) has me shaking my head.Thanks for sharing your Yarn Collection.

  • August 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm
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    I absolutely LOVE this. And I really needed to hear this. I agree. And it is time that I turn my home into a space that makes me happy — not just a roof over my head! Thank you so much!

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