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Since picking up the hobby of crocheting, I've accumulated quite a lot of yarn. Full skeins, half skeins, and tiny amounts left, they all need a place to stay. So I set off on a mission to organize my yarn stash.

After searching through various websites, I found two different DIY solutions that worked to organize my little yarn leftovers: close pins and old cardboard tubes.

I also discovered a new, excellent storage solution: Rubbermaid's Bento boxes. These boxes, which come in various sizes from very small cubes to large rectangles, all have snap out compartments that divide the boxes into sections. For example, you can divide the large box into five sections, four smaller squares with one large rectangle in the middle. The box is also deep enough that you can stand up unused skeins of yarn so you can see them easily. The larger of the boxes come with lids that also function as trays so you can cover the boxes or use the lids for a tray display on a coffee table.

Check out the pictures for details on the yarn organization!

Rubbermaid Bento Box
Rubbermaid Bento Box Kelsey Whing

Rubbermaid Bento Box

Here are the very small and very large bento boxes. You can also see the lid/tray on top of the larger of the two boxes. The smaller box is actually the size of one of the divided compartments inside the larger box. 

Skein Solutions
Skein Solutions Kelsey Whing

Skein Solutions

Here you can see the two solutions I mentioned to organizing your little amounts of yarn left from the skeins you've worked with. You can use a single close pin and just wrap the yarn around it, or clip two close pins together and wrap the yarn around them. I found that using flattened toilet paper/paper towel/wrapping paper rolls to wrap the yarn around worked the best to maximize your storage. 

Bento Box Left Side
Bento Box Left Side Kelsey Whing

Bento Box Left Side

Here you can see the two smaller compartments inside the bento box. If you snap the dividers back against the side, it will create a larger area for bigger items that need to be stored. You can also see how deep the box is as noted by the skeins standing up in the middle area. 

Bento Box Middle
Bento Box Middle Kelsey Whing

Bento Box Middle

Here you can see the middle area inside the bento box. If you snap the dividers back against the side, it will create a larger area for bigger items that need to be stored. You can also see how deep the box is as noted by the skeins standing up in the middle area.

Bento Box Right Side
Bento Box Right Side Kelsey Whing

Bento Box Right Side

Here you can see the two smaller compartments inside the bento box. If you snap the dividers back against the side, it will create a larger area for bigger items that need to be stored. You can also see how deep the box is as noted by the skeins standing up in the middle area.

Complete Bento Box
Complete Bento Box Kelsey Whing

Complete Bento Box

Here you can see the entire bento box with each of the compartment areas; the sides with the two smaller sections of storage and the middle with the larger, open area for storage. I would recommend these boxes to anyone who is looking for storage that looks a little nicer. 

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