Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Embroidery Floss Organization - My Perfect Solution At Last!

I was in dire need of a way to organize all my embroidery floss.  I had tons of floss and no good way to store it.
This is how I was storing my embroidery floss.  Not too convenient; definitely not attractive.
I had some of it divided out by number, but this really did me no good as I'm more interested in the color than I am in matching the number to a chart.  Most of it was just thrown in the basket.  It was, frankly a mess.

Then last week, I was walking through Target minding my own business when I came across these boxes.
Great stacking boxes found at my local Target.
Bingo!  Guess what they are sized perfectly to hold?  And they stack to boot!
Exactly the right size for a skein of embroidery floss.
I couldn't wait to get home and start sorting out my collection.  I did hit one snag.  I have such a vast collection of floss that it didn't all fit in the four boxes I bought.  Where did I get it all?  Goodwill, of course!  It's where I get most everything.
Oops!  My floss collections won't fit in the four boxes I bought.  I'll need one more.  By the way, you can see the blanket on the floor.  I don't usually throw the blanket on the floor.  The cat had pulled it down there to sleep on...  you just can't see him.  I swear it's true.
Oh well, I'd have to make another trip to Target to pick up a fifth box.  I can deal with it!  Look at how beautiful it looks:
I redistributed the overflowing colors with the greens waiting for me to purchase a fifth box.  Doesn't it look pretty?  Am I a dork for thinking that?
I stacked the boxes one on top of the other and they hardly take up any room on the shelf at all.  I love it when storage can be vertical and not horizontal, know what I mean?  Neat, orderly, and easy to get at.
I'm still in my "it's New Year's so I need to organize" mood.  Do you have any storage tips for craft supplies?

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6 comments:

Terry said...

I love organizing too! Those boxes are really cute, I've always taken my floss and wound it on the little cardboard things but that looks great! And you can't beat that collection for so cheap I bet! Do we like organizing cuz we hoard things? Its surely collecting isn't it!

Terri said...

Good Job! Cute boxes.
Hugs!

Dani said...

you certainly have lots of floss...I have two divided boxes that I keep mine in..and wind them on little spindles with the numbers written on the edge...works ok for me...but I don't have as much as you do.......when I'm working on a project, I remove the correct color spindles and keep them separate, ready to go......

jennipher said...

I went to Target to try to find this for my daughter's friendship bracelet floss, but I could not find. Do you know how many places they have storage bins at Target? Also living in Maine, they may not have in our store. Could you let me know? Thanks

Sara vs. Sarah said...

Jennipher--Try going to the product on Target online (http://www.target.com/p/Itso-Narrow-Fabric-Tray-Black/-/A-13475842?reco=Rec|pdp|13475842|ClickCP|item_page.adjacency&lnk=Rec|pdp|ClickCP|item_page.adjacency) and then searching for in the a store near you. You might be able to find it that way. Good luck! --Sarah

jennipher said...

Thanks so much, is out of stock at my local store, will try another!

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