Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

The proof is in the pictures - still more decluttering.

I was thinking you might not believe me when I tell you that my storage room and my sewing room are out of control because you haven't actually seen them....
cleaning kit wipes and gloves

...because I've not been brave enough to show you pictures.

I'm doing more decluttering today in the same spot I worked in yesterday. Today I stopped, took off my gloves and decided I should take a couple of pictures. So here they are. 

You see this container? This is the left over bits and bobs after I pulled out the bits that I can't bring myself to throw out.

decluttering sewing stuff

I decided it was ok to throw the leftovers out. I couldn't have done that last year (you know, because some of that stuff could be salvaged and useful), but I'm getting better at this decluttering thing and out they went.

I filled this bag with stuff like what you see in that container. Stuff that I didn't throw out yesterday when I was working in the same spot. This photo is when it was about half full, I filled it until I had to admit I couldn't fit anything else in there and I took it straight out to the wheelie bin.

bag of decluttered stuff that used be useful

The stuff that didn't get thrown out went in a box. This box full of unmade decisions. The stuff I couldn't bring myself to throw out yet. Also only half full when I took the photo, but now overflowing.

box of might be useful stuff

At least now the stuff is contained and next time I go through it I might be able to bring myself to throw out more. Or maybe I will actually be able to find what I was looking for because it's all in one spot.

declutter storage room

And here is a photo of the stage 2 section of the storage room (stage 2 being it's already been decluttered and cleaned once - that's right this is technically an 'After' picture - ughh). The stage 1 section I've been focusing on for the last 2 days is just to the left out of shot.

You can see there is just enough floor to get to the back - if you rearrange stuff on the way.

There is much less stuff in here now then there used to be. I know it seems impossible that any more stuff could have fitted in here but there was. Lots more.That wall of boxes at the back used to reach the ceiling for starters. Almost everything you see on the right hand wall has been put in this room since stage 1 decluttering made room for it. Yes that's mostly shoes I can't wear (but hope to be able to - I know, I'm delusional - yes I did declutter shoes recently), and suitcases that used to fill our hallway and be tripped over a lot.

STUFF, just too much stuff.


  1. My basement looked like this a year ago. I struggled to get it all decluttered. I have to admit it is still not done. I think it will take me years because I have books I might use to teach with, crafts and so much that I can't bring myself to get rid of. I have done well to declutter and organize our living spaces (they will always be a work in progress). I also have to admit that a lot of the things that were in the basement went to the garage for my husband to go through (may never really happen). Thanks for stopping by and reading my real life is really messy post and now I see why you said you wish your after was as good as my before. I do have to say that I didn't share pictures of my storage area or basement. Those areas are much worse than the ones I shared. Keep up the good work and I know it is hard to let go.

    1. I think it's ok for storage to be a little over crowded but I have more stuff I need to squeeze in there! It's sooo hard to let go of stuff that is useful so I totally hear you on the craft and teaching stuff. Our living spaces are getting better, yours are looking amazing and I hope to get there myself one day. Thanks for the encouragement and for coming to visit :o)


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