Mr. Honey walked in, looked inside, saw the bags tossed in and decided it would not do. He did his thing and in less than a day, I had a system to put my bins and bags away in an orderly fashion. The top shelf has the smaller bins across. I think there are eight of them up there. The three big bins in the middle and then there are 16 of the huge storage bags. .
I almost wish I could say that was all of it but there are 4 of the gray bins and 10 of the smaller bins that are in the studio and various bags of free range yarn.
Luckily for me, I had packed the bags by brand. The bins are just packed and it’s always a nice surprise when I have to go in there. Believe it or not, when I need a particular yarn, I have a pretty good idea if it’s in a bag or a bin and which bin it can be found. But I don’t always know how much of it I have. There have been times when I needed a full skein only to discover I have half a skein or less.
Formally organizing my stash makes sense for my Etsy shop and my business expenses.
I have more than one way to keep track of my stash. My most used way is in an Excel worksheet when I create an item. I keep track of the Company and Name, color, how much I use, how much it costs, where I got it. I also track it it’s still available and an applicable sub. This comes in very handy when needing to purchase for a specific project.
Generally, to keep track of what I have, I use the Stash Inventory Tracker. I’m not one of those who can just dump the stash in the middle of the room then sort it. It’s too overwhelming. But I can set aside an hour or maybe two during the week and take a bin or a bag and sort it.
I use the form online (the printable is free, for the fillable online version, purchase it here for $1.50)
The tracker holds all the info and includes a spot to place a yarn sample. On the fillable version, I add a link to the website where it’s purchased.
I prefer to keep my own inventory as opposed to putting it on an app or a site. It’s fewer clicks and not as distracting. And I don’t have to worry about the site crashing or the app growing obselete.
If you have tips on keeping track of the stash, by all means, share them. Feel free to download the form or purchase the printable/fillable and happy sorting!