Editing my fabric stash was so satisfying, I decided to tackle my yarn stash, too. Here's what I was dealing with: large Rubbermaid bin, kitty litter container, and wooden magazine rack-converted-to-yarn-bin. All stuffed very full of yarns and some spinning fiber.
Again, I'm sure many knitters out there are thinking that this stash looks meager. Everything's relative. (Also, I remind you that yarn is squishy, and a person can cram a lot of it into a space if they put their mind to it.) For me, the stash was getting out of hand, mostly because I was stumbling over the kitty litter container every time I ventured into the closet. What's in that container, anyway?
Right. All this other sock yarn that had been hiding in other bins. I'm not the first knitter to note that sock yarn seems to accumulate faster than other kinds of yarn. A lot of us buy it on our travels or whatever, somehow kidding ourselves into thinking that picking up "one souvenir skein" doesn't count toward stash. Also, five of those skeins were gifts. I'm not trying to rationalize, I'm just saying.
After spending some quality time with all this stuff, I was able to cull a bunch of oddball and what-was-I-thinking skeins to donate. Eventually, I managed to smoosh all of the sock yarn into the kitty litter container, which I then fit inside the large Rubbermaid thingie. Everything in there is now good, useful stash. The magazine rack now contains only yarn for which I have immediate plans with projects in mind, for easy access.
So. I've freed up floor space previously taken up by the kitty litter bin. I've donated yarn to people who will enjoy it. And I've been reminded of what I have so I can figure out how best to use it. All in all, very productive!