A few months ago, Amanda of Soulemama came across a great organizational idea for storing your fabric stash. The idea is that you wrap all your fat quarters and hunks of fabric around these plastic boards so that they're all the same size thereby making everything easy to stack and see. While my stash is not enormous by any means, I still couldn't justify the cost the plastic boards.
The idea of the boards had been rolling around in my brain for a few months, when I had an epiphany in of all places, a comic book shop. The Husband and I have a deal - for every moment (or dollar) spent at the comic shop, he'll spend an equal amount of time in a yarn shop. Accordingly, this means that I never put up a fight when it comes time for him to catch up on the latest Justice League issues. So while I was standing in the shop, somewhat awkwardly with my arms at my sides, not wanting to touch anything comic-y, it hit me. Comic book boards! True comic book geeks store all their issues in a plastic bag with a board in it to keep the issues pristine. The perfect size and stiffness for organizing the stash. 100 boards for less than $7. Can't beat that.
I spent yesterday going through my fabric bin and reorganizing. I folded pieces to the right height, wrapped them around a board and held them closed with a pin. Anything that wasn't big enough to wrap around a board goes into the scrap pieces bin. I'm not quite finished, but now my fat quarters and random yardage are all colour coded and can be seen perfectly. I love it when one geeky habit feeds another.