As I’ve mentioned a few times this year, I’m working on clearing out my office and decluttering, organizing and getting rid of some things I don’t need or won’t use.
I have focused a lot on getting rid of books and magazines so far (and I definitely want to write about how to do that) but a post by Clara Parkes at Mason-Dixon Knitting got me thinking about the other kind of “stuff” knitters have: yarn.
I haven’t actually gotten rid of any yarn yet, but I know I will need to and I want to. I have a closet (OK, it’s actually the washroom of a Jack and Jill bathroom, but I call it the yarn closet) that’s stacked pretty high with yarn and knit objects, and it’s the last part of my office that will get sorted/cleared. It should get started today, actually.
I feel like I have too much yarn. From years of writing about knitting and getting free stuff I haven’t used. From buying more than I could knit up. From buying things and then wondering why in the world I picked that color or that kind of yarn.
But, as Clara says, stash is really personal. It depends on what fits comfortably in your home, how much excess you are comfortable with having, if you’re blowing your budget or it feels out of control.
If you’re happy with the yarn you have and it fits in the storage you have in your home, that’s probably fine. If you’re not, or it doesn’t, it might be time to pare down.
There are probably some easy things to get rid of (for me that’s acrylics in colors I don’t love) and some things that will take more thought. It’s a process that requires time and energy. The KonMari method might be helpful here: what sparks joy? Do you love the color, the fiber? Do you already have a project in mind?
The yarn I have already sorted has gone into bags: things I really want to use and maybe already have for a specific project, and things I don’t care as much about using. These will probably get donated to my daughter’s school or used in a class.
The next step: finishing all those projects I started. There are a shameful number.
Then: get started on using the stash I love. Preferably one project (or two, I’m not that crazy) at a time.
Have you ever had the feeling you had too much yarn? Have you destashed? I’d love to hear about it!
[Photo via Inspiration & Realisation.]