I admit, this is a little bit of a silly one, but something that I’ve been needing to do for literally years. I’ve done it. I’ve officially organized my DPNs! *Applause please.*
For a long time, I tried to keep my DPNs in their original packaging, but that was a mess. It looked awful. I had packs of needles stashed everywhere, and I could never find the ones I needed.
Then several years ago, I put all my needles in one big ceramic jar. I figured they’d at least be all in the same place. I didn’t have to go rummaging through thirty-seven different project bags, or digging in my desk, or looking through my various pencil cases and backpacks.
And they looked cute! Bonus!
But that was quite a while ago, and in the interim, I’ve acquired *ahem* quite a few more needles. (I don’t have a problem, you have a problem.)
I was digging through them the other day, looking for some US6’s, and I ended up so frustrated that my husband offered to help (looking through probably 100+ nearly identical needles will do that to you). He immediately said “There must be a better way.” Which made me realize that there must be a better way.
Why had it never occurred to me!? I like to think that I’m pretty smart, but sometimes I question my own intelligence.
Anyway, I was thinking of what I wanted, and I knew I still wanted my needles out on display, and I wanted to be able to grab the size I needed at a moment’s notice (or at least without a half-hour long search and a lot of swearing).
Long story short, I ended up at Target, and found a “lipstick organizer” (Who’d have thought that was a thing?!). It’s a short-ish organizer with 16 little spaces, plenty for each size of needle to have its own spot.
So far, it’s working great! It still looks a little messy, but it gets the job done. I think I might add little stickers or something to label the sizes, but for now, it’s working out OK.
I can’t believe I wasted so much time digging through that old jar… sigh.
How do you organize your needles?