Lately my stash has been getting a little bit out of control. I have a daily joke with customer about this in work and even although it seems like I'm kidding, I'm really not. I'm pretty sure I have a problem but instead of going on a stash diet or promising to not buy anything new (I work in a fabric shop, that's never going to happen) I've decided to get organised and from now on only buy fabrics that are too good to pass or that I know what I'm going to do with.
So how am I getting organised? Well, a little while after I first started sewing, my dad built me shelves underneath where my sewing machine was living at the time. These shelves are now over-run with scraps of fabrics and UFO's (although I'm pretty good at not collecting UFO's and bin them on a regualr basis if I really don't see them going anywhere). I'm starting here and getting rid of, either by binning/donating/sharing these random bits of fabric. With the pieces I am keeping, they're moving to under my new(ish) desk. It's got shelving built in to it at one end perfect for fabric storing. So my to use fabric stash now looks like this.
I've rolled the fabrics to help reduce creasing and permanent lines. This is a tip I picked up years ago for traveling, apparently if you roll garments to go in your case, not only are they less likely to crease, they take up less room! This also helps fool me into thinking I have less fabric than I actually do!
I've also started labeling my fabrics. I done this prior to going on holiday so I would know what I had and didn't have. Each fabric is wrapped with parcel string and has a travel label with the type, name, price, yardage, where and when it was bought. Hopefully this will keep me on track or shame me in the future! Once each piece is labelled, I've noted it down in a notebook which I can easily refer to.