I’m looking for yarn storage ideas. How do you store yarn?

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So, part of dealing with bedbugs is having to wash/dry all your clothes & linens (and in my case yarn, fabric, and fiber) on hot, before sealing them all away in plastic bags.

The heat kills any bugs that might be living in the fabrics, and once they’re washed you seal them away so they can’t get reinfected before the apartment is treated.

In the endless cleaning and packing, I’ve realized a couple things,

: You can fit an amazing amount of crap in an apartment.

: I have a lot of shoes. And shoes are very hard to pack.

: This whole thing is a giant pain in the ass.

: And it gives me the chance to reorganize my yarn & fabric.

All my yarn and fabric used to live in bins under my bed, but that wasn’t very accessible. Plus now the idea of storing things under my bed creeps me out a bit.

Of course since this is an apartment, with somewhat limited storage, I just might end up going back to bins under the bed, with everything individually ziplocked.

But I wanted to ask, how do you store your yarn?

Maybe you have a system I can draw some much needed inspiration from.

So, how do you store your yarn?

Leave a comment and let me know!

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8 Responses

  1. Ann Hedington

    I keep “projects” (yarn + pattern) or (quilt fabric + pattern (or note about which pattern)) in zipper bags from sheet sets or huge ziplock backs. Misc. fabric is in plastic lidded bins (that probably aren’t bug proof!). Misc. yarn is stored, theoretically with a system in a 6 drawer dresser (sock yarn is separate, in a lidded basket – also not bug proof). Good luck!

    1. Holly

      Thanks Ann!
      Your system sounds a lot like my current (old?) system, the problem with the plastic lidded bins (at least the ones I have), is they aren’t actually airtight, and so, not bug proof.

  2. Fiona

    I’m dealing with moths as well at the moment. Yarn was in crates; I’m still using them but I’m putting every yarn in a ziplock bag, putting that in the freezer for a week, then putting the ziploc bags back in the crates. I’ve also got some of the vaccum storage bags – the kind you roll up to squish the air out of. My larger “almost finished” projects are going in those before their time in the freezer. Freezing should kill any eggs that are hiding inside a skein. And if it doesn’t then the worst that can happen is that I’ve created a gated community inside each bag, that can’t be infected by its neighbour. Provided the bag is sealed when it comes out of the freezer there won’t be any condensation problems inside the bag.

    1. Holly

      Oh no! I’m so sorry about your moth problem. Good luck getting rid of them!
      It looks like I too will be going the many, many ziploc bag route.

  3. I have a shelving/basket system from the Container Store devoted to my yarn storage. I have individual baskets for discrete categories of yarn by weight, a couple of shallow baskets for notions and tools, and two deep baskets for spinning fiber. I try to keep all my fiber stored in zip top plastic bags to fend off the moths. I haven’t had any issues yet, but there’s always a first time. And now I’m worried about tempting fate, so I’m going to have to turn around three times and spit, or something like that.

    1. Holly

      ooooooh! I like the shelving/stacking basket idea!
      I use ceder balls and lavender pouches to keep away the moths, and I think they work on a couple other types of bugs too, but unfortunately they don’t work on bedbugs.

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