I have been organising yarn into colour-specific paper bags, acquired while shopping at my favourite local yarn shop. It has been working really well. I have a mad idea - I need bright pink yarn - I go to the bag containing "pink yarn" - and there are my choices! I also bought a yarn winder - it's a fabulous thing. The advantage is that I can wind the floppy skeins into nice yarn cakes that fit together perfectly. The downside is, because the cakes aren't squishy, you can't stuff them into an odd tiny space in the cupboard! However, I would really recommend getting one. It's extremely therapeutic!
I am beginning to realise that my untidiness is probably not to do with organisation. I am a Data Analyst by trade, so making sense out of chaos and putting things into spreadsheet boxes is what I do. The problem is that I don't put anything back. One idea leads to another. leads to another. Replacing something once I've finished with it is just a pain. However, if I'm ever going to have a house that would grace the cover of House Beautiful magazine, or at least be tidy enough to allow me not panic when someone knocks at the door, is probably going to be my life's mission.
Tell me I'm not the only one who has this craft problem?!