I would love to be one of those people who can just buy the yarn they need for a project and then finish that project before they buy more yarn, but I'm just too much of a shopper (and maybe a bit too impulsive...)
I need to go through my stash and get rid of some yarns. For example, I used to knit a lot more lace, and so I have a lot of lace yarns stashed, but now even when I knit lace I prefer a heavier and more durable yarn (like sock yarn). I also have a lot of yarn that I bought when it was on sale, and so it's great stuff but, for example, the colour isn't really right for me. I've also been buying way more hand-dyed yarns lately, and lately I find they're so much more inspiring to work with than the factory-dyed stuff (which has its attractions too, to be sure).
Once I've gone through and decided what I'm keeping, I need a better way to organize my stash. I looked around and found some interesting ideas.
This from Loopy Ewe is such a cool idea. I like how you can map out upcoming projects, and also how you can see them and get excited about starting them. It takes up a bit of room, but if you can do it, it's a good way for a visual learner to organize his or her yarn.
I love how neat this looks, but would probably have to modify it as I don't have multiple colourways of a few types of yarn. It would be a great way to keep a quick inventory of my yarns, especially since I like to keep the labels but: a) have them all mashed together in a bag, which takes forever to sort through, and b) have to rely on my memory since I don't have any samples of yarn attached to the labels. I know some people have been able to make a Ravelry inventory work for them, but I think that for my work style, I need something offline and more tactile.
Other than that, I have my yarns in plastic bins that stack, organized by weight, and that works as long as I don't buy more yarn than will fit in the bins. It helps to keep the WIPs to a minimum (an ongoing project for me!) and I think it will also help to know exactly what I have, so that I don't buy more of the same and have to store it.
Have you seen or implemented any good stash organization ideas lately?