As any crochet, knit, or yarn enthusiast is well aware, their stash of yarn can easily take over the entire house. My breaking point, that point at which I knew I had a problem I had to figure out how to control, was when I went looking for a particular yarn in my closet, my daughter's room, the hallway closet AND my yarn closet without finding what I was looking for. I did, however, find that the space bags I had so carefully packed with precious yarn had split open.
That experience, coupled with the decline in the economy, led to stash control rule #1:
ONLY PURCHASE YARN FOR A SPECIFIC PROJECT
Since I have so much yarn around the house already, rule #2:
LOOK THROUGH WHAT YOU HAVE ON HAND BEFORE BUYING ANYTHING! USE IT IF YOU HAVE IT!
How many times have you come across a yarn that you had purchased because it was beautiful and you would find a use for it someday? Then, when you have found that use, you realize you don't have enough of the yarn to complete the project? Thus, rule #3:
PURCHASE ENOUGH YARN TO COMPLETE THE SPECIFIC PROJECT AND LABEL IT WHEN YOU GET HOME
I use 2 1/2 gallon zip lock bags and write on them with a Sharpie what project I have in mind for it. I know I can find the pattern directions in my Crochet Calender Binder (see previous post) which I take out and place a check mark next to the materials just purchased. All of these zip lock bags are in the same location, so I know exactly where to look to find it.
Following these three rules has taken a dent out of my stash, thus making it much more manageable. It has also saved tons of time looking for yarn, giving me more time to crochet it!