This is my late monthly house prettifying post, to catch up from March.
I wanted to keep these all decorating-type posts, but this was sooooo needed. So, the winter I was pregnant with Bean, I crocheted him a blanket. Bear told me it was SO pretty, and that I needed to make more to sell. I laughed and said no one would pay me enough to make more.
I was wrong.
A few months after Bean was born, a friend visited me and saw the blanket and couldn't stop raving! Then I had another friend ask if I could make the hooded bear cowls that have taken over Pinterest, and my crochet business took off! I have since started making nursing necklaces, stuffed toy and dolls, and baby accessories on top of the other things. With all these projects comes buying lots of yarn. LOTS of it. I mean, this stuff was ALL. OVER. THE. PLACE.
I had boxes behind the couch, boxes and bags ON the couch, in a tote that I took everywhere with me, and usually a skein or two laying somewhere else. Poor Bear constantly had to clear a place on the couch when he would get home from work just to be able to sit down! All this yarn everywhere also made it hard for me to keep inventory. On more than one occasion I have purchased yarn I already had... oops!
Last week, I decided to do something about it.
First, I organized all of my yarn by type. Bean helped. It looked like the needle art section of Hobby Lobby puked in my living room.
Believe it or not, even with all this yarn, there was STILL a mess behind the couch!
Then Bean and I walked over to the Family Dollar and grabbed 10 shoebox-sized totes. I was able to get most of my yarn in the totes! The only ones that wouldn't fit were my acrylic yarns, and I was able to put those in a smaller box. Now I keep my current project(s) in my tote, and that is the only thing that is on the couch (because that's the only place I can put it out of Bean's reach), and everything else is behind the couch, organized in a way that I know exactly where everything is! No more digging for yarn or having to clear space to sit down!
I'm looking forward to the projects that I have to empty these totes. Of course, that will mean that I'll need to fill them again ;) If anyone asks, my birthday is in August and I love Hobby Lobby! :D
Mama Bear of one Baby Bear, Bean, who both love Papa Bear, and live in a crafty, gluten-free cozy den.