happy family day.

in canada, today is a holiday. what do you like to do with an extra day off? seizing the moment to go on a winter hike or shoot some photos would probably be the right answer, but honestly, when i get some extra time, i try to do a bit of organization. the time i spend on it today will mean i won’t have waste time looking for things later. so i’ll happily make that trade-off.

one thing i’m not very good at and would like to do better, is organize my arts + crafts projects. i always seem to have several works in progress, and while my brain knows where everything is, my living space could use with a bit less clutter. a side table holds a stack of yarn balls on the top of the piano there is a jumble of skeins ready for another project. it’s always in grabbing distance, but it looks messy and can get dusty. not to mention cats sleep wherever it is soft and warm (hmmm…)

a few ideas i already employ

  1. a cute furry zippered pouch. i can’t resist little pouches when i see them, and they serve so many purposes. one of which is to hold the tools and pattern i’m using for a project. that way i can grab a ball of yarn and the pouch and take it with me on the train or wherever else i can grab a few moments to work. i had my eye on this plum faux fur pouch and lo and behold, it turned up on the clearance rack for $5.

  2. a big old mason jar for my needles. i think needles look nice, especially bamboo or wooden ones, so i display them in a jar and whatever size i need is at close hand. old flower pots, vases, or ice buckets work great too.

  3. a big basket for yarn. again, it’s within reach, and i usually know what yarn goes with which project. but as you can see, it’s a bit of a yarn bomb, and truth be told, the cats like to sleep in it!

that’s about the extent of my repertoire. i think its apparent, i need more ideas. how do you tackle organization at home? what’s your go-to system for taking projects on the road? please do comment below, or drop me a line and share your system. i would love to hear your tips, and devote a future post to a few folks and their crafty solutions.

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  1. Make kitty something cuddly out a favoured fibre. Anything made of warm…

    Over the door shoe organizers are on every door possible in my small apartment. A great vertical yarn stash idea away from feline eyes…..

    1. Hi Rita,

      Shoe organizers are a great idea! Accessible and visual enough to see but behind closed doors. Love it!
      Since this post I’ve actually come up with a cute idea for organizing projects on the go. Stay tuned!

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