Since my dreams of a yarn/craft/crochet room probably wont happen until the twins have left home (which I am hoping is at least another 18 or so years away! 😅) I will have to make do with a yarn bookcase, the #littlecosybookcase
If you have been following me on Instagram for a little while you might have seen my #littlecosytrolley (this Raskog Trolley from Ikea that I have rainbowed) & previous yarn storage; consisting of big plastic tubs from Kmart, jam packed with squished yarn & stacked in the corner of a room. Which is perfectly fine – until you need, or want, a particular yarn or colour… & then it was a nightmare of hunting through tubs, & lifting & moving said tubs… which is made harder when you have a bad back & trying not to wake sleeping twins 🤨😣
Since we moved, all those tubs & some extra boxes of yarn have been sitting in a corner, my crojo slowly being leached from me at the thought of having to sort through the boxes to find the yarn I needed. So I had enough. I started thinking about alternative yarn storage ideas.
My first idea was a beautiful old vintage/antique heavy solid wood kitchen hutch, or display cabinet. I would even make it a personal DIY project, sanding it back, repainting, sourcing new handles etc.. & so, off I searched, everywhere for one. But, the ones I found were either, dilapidated beyond repair, or ridiculously expensive. So what’s a girl who needs storage to do? Go to Ikea. Of course!
And that’s where I found these bookcases from Ikea – the Billy Bookcases from Ikea in white. I got the 2 pack of bookcases (they came together as a package) for $140. Bargain! And because the flat pack boxes are mega heavy (40kg!!!), I bought them online & had them delivered to my house. Yes, its a (really big) extra expense just for shipping, which did annoy me… but it saved me a lot of hassle & calling in favours, & a grumpy husband.. so delivery it was.
Putting them together wasn’t too complicated, just time consuming. These bookcases aren’t constructed with the traditional ikea allen key, but with 2 different screwdrivers & a hammer, argh. And after putting the first one together, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of having to do another one. But for the sake of my yarn.. I persevered 😉
Unfortunately my bookcases have a gap in the middle (see above), which is driving me a little crazy, but as I only discovered once I constructed the bookcases, the floor in the room in uneven 😐 so its either, pack it all up & move to another room (which I don’t have) or move house (which I am not doing again in a hurry). So its staying here, with the gap.. on the uneven floor. Maybe I can stuff more yarn in the gap..? 😜
As for how I have organised the items on the shelves..
While at Ikea, I also bought these 7 Korken glass jars, for $2.99 each. One for each colour of the rainbow (of course) for all my little yarn balls. I like to wind my scrap yarn into little mini balls, to use on scrap projects or for amigurumi, & these little jars look so cute on a shelf together, colour coded. The pink one is on its own shelf, with some other pink things.
My much loved collection of SunJelly bags hold more yarn, & my WIP (work in progress) projects along the bottom of both bookcases.
On the very top, are some gift bags kept from presents at parties & special occasions, that I kept & are stuffed with (yes, even more) yarn.. the rarely used stuff or the overflow, & some abandoned naughty corner projects 😨
As I use yarn, & as my projects change, so will the organisation of the bookcase. Which is fun! I mentioned on Instagram about my mental health & my OCD, so this is what I do best really, one of the times when a mental illness can also become something pretty 😊
I could fill another bookcase.. but I made a promise to myself that I will only keep the yarn that fits on the bookcases, & the yarn that I am using/will use. I have kept one tub aside with white & black yarn in it, because that will always be used. And now I have another 3 tubs with wool yarn (I tend to only use cotton), warm colours, browns & neutrals that I am looking to give away to someone or donate or sell.. if anyone is interested in it, let me know!
I will share some more detailed photos @littlecosythings in the next days/weeks of all the things I have & where to get them, as I usually do (love supporting small business & handmade!).
Just shows what years of hoarding yarn, craft supplies, an inexpensive bookcase, & a love of organising things, can become a rainbow crafty dream 🌈🌈
AND.. I almost forgot to mention, this is in my bedroom, this rainbow Narnia bookcase. So every morning, me (& my very lucky hubby) get to wake up to this view. If that doesn’t spark creativity, nothing will ❤
Ps. nothing is sponsored or endorsed, just my own collection of things