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.

It's A New Decluttering Year!

I'm starting 2015 off with decluttering. 

I decluttered the kitchen several times last year. Today I spent about 3 minutes going through again and getting rid of things that still haven't been used and probably should have been discarded on the first round. 

kitchen clutter

The thing is the first time I decluttered the kitchen it was hard to let go of the pretty bottles and the excess cutlery, the wooden utensils that will never get used because I don't trust them after they were exposed to poisons, (don't worry I'll throw those out and donate the rest).

This time it was easy to declutter all this stuff. I'm actually pleased to get rid of it all. That's the magic of decluttering, it gets easier as you start to experience what having less stuff is like and you can truly appreciate the positive impact upon your day to day life.

We used to use the excess cutlery a lot. I got tired of there being a zillion trillion bits of cutlery to clean when I did the dishes, which wasn't as often as it should be, so we always used all of the cutlery. 

I've got the dishes mostly under control now and part of that was because I put the excess away to see if we would miss it. We didn't. We didn't miss it because doing the dishes became a focus of mine every day. I have Nony to thank for that. 

But over the crazy Christmas period a few pieces started leaking back into use. So I knew I had to get rid of it. If it's not there to be used we can't use it even if every other thing is dirty. 

There's a bottle opener there too, we don't need it, we have a few. 

There's an odd Christmas decoration. It's cute. Maybe someone else will want it. 

Those little white fish things are chopstick stands, maybe I could use them for paintbrushes or whatever, but really they're just clutter. 

Half a dozen chopsticks didn't even make the photo, they went straight into the bin. 

One of those cups is chipped (I guess that's rubbish too), the other neither of us use. Our cupboard could use the space they are taking up. 

I'd already discarded a lot of containers and lids. These are all the bits I was hanging onto to see if they had a partner somewhere. The whole lot went straight into the recycling bin.

unmatched containers and lids are clutter

Of course I couldn't leave the Christmas decorations up any longer and they came down today. The bits that didn't get used or got damaged all went as well.

broken and worn decorations are clutter

Tomorrow I hope to get some more decluttering done. Does the new year give you the urge to declutter?

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  1. I will be doing the same thing. Although I will be taking a different approach. I seen a You Tube video and liked her idea (I wish I can remember who she was) but anyway, her way to de-clutter was to remove everything from one room and put it in boxes in the basement or storage area. As you need something pull it out of the box and put it away. At the end of six months (or a time you choose) donate, sell or trash what's left in the boxes. This way you are only keeping the things you do use. My problem is I need to stop buying LOL. Good luck with your de-cluttering. Happy New Year!

    1. I don't think I could trust myself with that approach even if I had the room for it. I think I would just buy whatever I couldn't find! I totally believe that everyone needs to find the system that works for them. Happy Decluttering!

  2. Decluttering is such a freeing experience. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love the freedom of having less things, and just what we need. I love the space it creates in our home. I hate the mess it can make and how long the process can sometimes take. But, I keep at it, room by room. I hope someday to finally be finished. :) Thanks for this post. It was inspiring and fabulous. :)

    1. Love-hate is right! I love to hate it - hahaha. Seriously though, I do love the space and simplicity but I hate throwing out 'might be uesful' stuff. I don't know that decluttering is something that is ever 'finished' but I do hope that one day it won't be a big project anymore and it will just be throwing out 2 bits of whatever and I'll be able to call it done. Yeah, that's a good goal. Thanks for being inspiring right back!

  3. Thanks for sharing your awesome post on How To Get Organized At Home:)

  4. Oh my! What a great post. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for being a part of our party. We really appreciate you! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  5. Oh yeah, the kitchen clutter!! I did a massive declutter back in May, before I moved. Yet I still have a few orphan containers and lids. How does that happen? I think there's a secret time portal that only containers, lids, and socks know about! Then they teleport in and out of houses!

    1. Finally! A plausible explanation because I've never been able to figure out how there's always so many orphans.

  6. Oh, I've never thought about kitchen declutter until this post!

    1. I'm sure kitchen stuff breeds, it seems every time I turn around there is more!


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