Are you curious?

As a part of my organizational and decluttering efforts I wanted to get most of the yarn bins out of my sewing room. I have a little space on the landing that I knew I could put some type of shelving or storage. I went to IKEA to look at possible options knowing if I didn’t find anything else I could put two of these with the bin inserts in the space.


I like these shelves, I have a wall of them in my sewing room for fabric but we would have to have them delivered since the boxes wouldn’t fit in our car, the red bins are nice but expensive and I’d need to fill all the cubbies unlike my fabric shelves where I have some bins for scraps but the majority of my fabric is on the open shelves. Also I just wanted something quick and easy. So for a 1/3 of the cost and about 20 minutes of my time, I have functional bins even if they aren’t particularly attractive.


Look how easy it is to find yarn for a project.


Another advantage is that I can stack another set on top of these if I anchor them to the wall. Not planning to do that now but the option is there.

12 thoughts on “Are you curious?

  1. Debbie J.

    These bins will work great and look good too! My sewing room is so packed full that I need to get rid of some stuff. I started doing some crocheting this past Fall and now have started collecting yarn, so that takes up even more space.

  2. Bunny

    I bought those bins at Lowe’s a few years ago for my fabric stash and I love them! I went back a few months later to get more, but they no longer carried them. I will look again. Be careful, everything looks nice and neat – unless you become tempted to pile stuff up on that nice flat surface on top.

  3. Vicki W

    I think that these are the best storage bins around. If you don’t like the look you can always drape a quilt over it as a tablecloth of sorts.

  4. Sara

    Looks great! I recently re-organized my yarn stash using clear tubs with locking lids. Cleaned out a closet and arranged the shelves to fit the bins……viola! Organized! I love it

    now……to get to all that fabric……sigh

  5. Marilyn

    Done is better than pretty , just my opinion. Did you find them at Ikea? Those would be just
    the ticket for my fabric,which I now have in plastic storage boxes . Happy and Healthy New Year
    to you and Keith.

  6. Ann

    I’ve used pieces of fabric just turned under at the edges to cover up bins and boxes if there’s a need to camouflage storage. A quilt is a great idea too.

  7. SaraF

    These look good. I find that the open bins (or clear ones) keep me from forgetting about what is in them. I like the looks of my solid canvas bins in my wooden cubes, but it is easy to forget what I put in them.

  8. Lynne

    My woollen yarn, like my fabric, is kept in plastic drawers — not very attractive but I can easily see what’s inside and the dust is kept out! The rest of my yarn stash is in archive boxes, labelled in pencil so that I can change the labels any time!

  9. Deb

    We found a tall, narrow tv armoire to put in our kitchen nook. It closely matches the kitchen cabinets. Two extra shelves were put inside and it now holds holds heavier kitchen items, also my iron & thread spool box. Your yarn bins were a very good idea, I would like to have some bins like that. Sometimes you just have to get creative 😉

  10. Evelyn Starfishy

    Oops – looks like you have more room for some extra yarn now, LOL! Easy enough to make a “cover” if you don’t like the look of it – I have seen covers that are attached with velcro around the top so it is easy to take on/off for access/cleaning. I have a large room in my house and I am actually thinking of building a “fake” wall and then all my storage behind the fake wall. We will see – but organization and clear looking surfaces are so nice so worth the extra effort.
    Cheers! Evelyn

  11. Joanie

    I love this idea. I just started knitting so I don’t have much of a yarn stash YET….but will file this idea away for use in the future.

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