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.

I'm OK With Hallway Clutter

Our front entrance is a hallway.

When our hallway is clear the whole front of the house feels nicer.

My goal is to have that hallway clear.

I even achieve that goal on a fairly regular basis. The thing is that I fill it back up with stuff just as quickly. You see, the hallway is the temporary storage spot for the stuff that is leaving the house.

Right now there's another 2 bags full of stuff  to take to goodwill including curtains that my neighbour gave me. That's not even my own clutter, it's someone else's clutter. When she gave those curtains to me I thought I could do something with that fabric. And I totally could, but I've come to realise I would rather spend my sewing time making stuff I love, with materials I love.

Then there is a box full of cardboard packaging waiting to go out for recycling.  Our recycling bin is collected every other week so whenever there is a bit extra then usual, it sometimes has to wait until after the bin has been collected before we can fit the extra in.

There is the ugly lamp in the hallway that I finally deemed too old and scary to use. It is as tall as I am and will have to be taken to the waste and recycling centre.

There are fabric scraps that need to go into our regular rubbish (which only takes 80 litres) so also has to be fitted in if there is extra space each week. I do donate fabric remnants but not scraps. I keep fabric scraps until I've finished a project, but a lot of projects don't get finished. That's why UFO's have to go.

And there is a box full of miscellaneous stuff to go that just doesn't fit nicely into a bag.

That is a lot of stuff to shove into one little hallway.

Half that stuff is there because the council is strict on limiting waste disposal and the other half we have to remember to put it into the car to take to the tip or goodwill.

I can't wait for the rubbish man to come. I must be the only person who gets excited about rubbish day, rubbish collection can't come often or soon enough.

But every time my hallway fills up and it's emptied again is simplifying my life. It's making more space in our home. It's another step towards how I want my home to be.

And that's why I'm okay with hallway clutter. 

Do you have a spot for the clutter that is going? How do you keep your decluttering looking tidy until it's taken away?


  1. Ugh. Everyone has a landing zone for their crap in their house. For us, it's the kitchen. Our kitchen counter always ends up collecting stuff, and we have not one but two "junk drawers" in our house (creatively named "the junk drawer" and "the other junk drawer." By 'other' we mean the one on the right.)

    1. Now that's my kind of naming system! I've managed to stop the kitchen counter from collecting non-kitchen stuff. It took ages for me to find a way to make it work. It's the only flat surface in the house that doesn't collect stuff, but it used to topple over from junk mail and useless bits and bobs so I'm really pleased to have it conquered. Maybe I should aim to get the junk down to 2 drawers?

  2. Our landing zone seems to be the flat surfaces in the dining room. I don't know why, but I fight with those areas all the time. As for being excited about the trash man coming.... I'm always so happy to see the truck come and take away my stuff. :) Thanks for this fabulous post.

    1. Flat surfaces are a real challenge! I realised a lot of what was ending up on my benches didn't actually have a home. It took me a while to find solutions that worked. Yay for the garbage man =D

  3. Hey, glad you're okay with it. You should be! It's evidence of how far you've come! I try to put the box in the trunk of the car as soon as I fill it up. And I use small store bags for the recycling. AS soon as it's full, I take it to the can outside. It is collected once a week. I'm so happy when my recycling is full, and my trash is almost empty! Almost absurd ly so. But he, it's my accomplishment, and I want to celebrate it! Now, if I start throwing myself a party, everytime, then you probably need to schedule an intervention! lol

    1. No intervention from me. I get excited every time the rubbish man comes too!


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