10 Ways to Get Rid of your Unwanted Yarn

How to Declutter your Yarn Stash in 16 Ways

If you feel overwhelmed when you look at your yarn stash, then you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we are going to talk about how and why to purge and declutter your yarn stash, so that you can fall back in love with your craft and be inspired to create.

Feeling Overwhelmed by your Yarn Stash is Normal:

In the crochet and knitting community, big yarn stashes are normalized and seen as “the dream”. If you’re on social media, you’ll see thousands of posts about yarn hauls, both free and purchased.

How to Free up Space in Your Yarn Stash

There is nothing wrong with buying yarn or having a large stash. However, the problem with this normalization is that you might think there’s something wrong with you, if you don’t feel happy with your big stash.

You are not alone in feeling overwhelmed by your yarn stash. I’ve felt this way and do a purge at least 1-2 times a year. There is also a great reddit post here, where hundreds of people feel similarly.

At the end of the day, the size of your stash doesn’t matter. The important thing is that it makes you happy and excited to create. If it doesn’t do that, then it’s time to make a change.

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16 Ways to Declutter and Pass on your Unwanted Yarn

First Step: Go through your Yarn Stash

Before you can give your yarn away, you have to go through it one skein at a time. Depending on the size of your stash, this process could take a few days or even a few months to complete. Go at your own pace and take breaks if you need to.

Yes, Maybe or No Pile:

Start by emptying out the contents of one bin or box. Look through each skein and put it in a “Yes”, “Maybe” or “No” pile. If the yarn is unusable (tangled mess, moldy, too small for any project), then skip over the “No” pile, and throw it away.

Declutter and Purge your Yarn Stash with a Yes No Maybe Pile

Questions to ask:

  • How long has it been sitting unused?

  • Do I like the colour, fiber, or texture?

  • Can I see myself using this yarn within the next year?

  • Do I want to use it?

  • Why haven’t I used it?

Be honest with yourself and go with your first instinct. You’ll know deep down if it’s a clear yes or no. If you’re on the fence, put it in the “Maybe” pile, and keep going. You can come back to this pile later and sort through it.

When you’re finished with the first box, put the yarn from the “Yes” pile back in the box.

Pick up a new box/bin and repeat the process until you sort through your entire yarn stash.

Don’t Let Guilt Hold You Back:

Feelings of guilt tend to come up when we declutter and get rid of things.

I am giving you permission to declutter your yarn stash. And if you’re feeling guilty about throwing away perfectly good yarn that you spent money on, then I’m here to tell you that there are so many more ways that you can get rid of your yarn, without it going to a landfill – see the list below.

By decluttering your stash, you’re freeing up space, both physically and mentally, and you’re giving the yarn a second life. Someone else will get a chance to use it, so you’re spreading joy.

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The Maybe Pile:

Once you’ve finished sorting through your yarn stash, it’s time to tackle the “maybe” pile. This pile might seem intimidating, but you’ve made great decluttering progress so far, so trust yourself.

Ask yourself the same questions from before, and if you’re still unsure, then there is no harm in keeping it. Make a pact with yourself to keep this yarn for a certain period of time (a month, a year), and check to see if you’ve used it. If you haven’t, then it’s time to ask yourself again if you want to keep it or pass it on.

Ways to Pass on your Yarn:

Now that the “Yes” and “Maybe” pile are complete, it’s time to decide what to do with the “No” pile. You can do one or a combination of the things listed below, to pass on your yarn:

#1: Donate or Gift it:

People love free things, and getting free yarn is no exception. Here are a few places that you can gift or donate your yarn:

  • Buy Nothing Group: This is a Facebook group that is unique to each city. If you have a Facebook account, search for “Buy Nothing Group (Insert name of your city here), to see if there is a group in your area. This group gives and accepts free gifts from community members. To gift your yarn, make a post in the group, and wait for people to comment. If more than one person comments on the post, then you can choose who you’d like to gift the yarn to and make arrangements for pickup.

  • Local libraries: A lot of libraries hold crafting events to bring people together. They are always happy to accept craft supplies!

  • Activity Community Centers or Senior Homes: Just like libraries, senior homes and community centers, like the YMCA, would love to receive yarn.

  • Any crocheters, knitters, or fiber artists in your life!

  • Facebook Marketplace: You can give away things for free on Facebook Marketplace, by creating a listing and setting the price to $0. Wait for someone to message you, then set up a time and place for pickup.

  • Goodwill or another thrift store: A lot of thrift stores sell yarn and knitting/crochet supplies.
8 Places to Donate or Gift your Unwanted Yarn

#2: Sell it:

Put some money back in your pocket, by selling your yarn. You can sell new or partially used skeins in the following places. Keep in mind that some of these platforms have fees and shipping.

  • Garage/Yard Sale: Host a yard sale to sell your yarn and craft supplies. This option is great for people who want to get rid of their yarn quickly and at a heavily discounted price.

  • Facebook Marketplace: If you want to sell your yarn quickly, then Facebook Marketplace is the way to do it. I can usually sell my yarn within 1-2 days. Facebook Marketplace is free to use, you just need a Facebook account to get started. If you’re new to selling on Marketplace, or you’d like some tips, I put together a list of 10 tips that have worked well for me.

  • Kijiji/Craigslist: This is a free-to-use site that doesn’t charge any fees or shipping. You sell to people within your area and arrange a pickup.

  • Instagram Stories: If you have a lot of fellow yarn lovers following you on Instagram, then you can create a yarn sale in your Instagram stories. Take a picture, set the price, and add in any shipping costs. Wait for people to send you a DM, and then handle the shipping. There are no fees associated with this selling platform.

  • Etsy: To sell on Etsy, you need to create an Etsy shop and handle shipping. When an item sells, Etsy charges a listing fee of $0.20, a processing fee of $0.25 + 3% of the total, and a transaction fee of 6.5% of the total.

  • Ebay: To sell on Ebay, you need to create a seller’s account and handle shipping. When an item sells, Ebay charges you a percentage based on the type of item – see fees here – plus $0.30.
8 Places to Sell Your Unwanted Yarn

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I hope this post gave you some ideas for how to declutter your yarn stash and give your unwanted yarn a new life. Have a wonderful day, and happy crocheting/knitting!

Love, Dayna

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