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.

What Is A Good Day to Declutter?

I'd lost the Urge to Purge.

It felt like I had gotten through all the clutter that was easy to let go of and I had gotten to the hard stuff.

The emotional stuff full of memories. 

The stuff that is 'too good to throw away'. 

The 'useful' stuff. 

The stuff that I didn't want to make decisions about.

What is a good day to declutter?

I'd hit a decluttering brick wall. 

Last week I started to feel the pressure of all this stuff in my life. Maybe it's because the sewing room looks like a bomb hit it. Maybe it's from reading all those spring cleaning posts from you northerners. Maybe it was just that I'd taken a bit of a break from decluttering and spent some time sewing for a change.

Whatever it was that sparked the impulse to have less stuff, that impulse coupled with employing the one in one out rule got my urge to purge flowing again. 

Refreshed, I have been throwing myself back into the clutter fray.

I am ready to let go of some of that harder stuff. 

The stuff with emotional attachment. 

Stuff from way back when. 

Stuff I will never ever use again.

I'm tired of taking care of stuff instead of living life.

I've spent sooo much time going through my stuff. 

Sorting my stuff. 

Storing my stuff. 

Cleaning my stuff. 

Organising my stuff. 

Planning what I could do with my stuff.  

That takes a lot of physical and emotional energy. It's not fun either. I don't want to spend time going through my stuff anymore and it is that feeling of not wanting to do it anymore that makes it easier for me to let go of the harder-to-let-go items.

By the third or fourth or fifth time I've had to re-organise and de-clutter around something, the easier it is for me to say:

I don't want to re-organise this again, so it can go. 

I don't want to clean this again, so it can go.

I don't want to move the box of stuff to get to stuff in the box under it any more, so it can go.

I loved this thing but my tastes have changed and I don't really love it any more, so it can go.

This thing has reminds me of so many good memories but I won't use it again, so it can go.

I never choose this item, so it can go.

I would buy something new rather then use this item, so it can go.

I would rather use this space for other things I own, so it can go.

I still have far too much stuff.

Too much stuff for me to be able to fit into my home.

Too much stuff to look after.

Too much stuff for enjoying my living space. 

Too much stuff. Too much stuff. Too much stuff!

Now, don't get me wrong I STILL find it really hard to let go of things. I have days where its easier and days where it's harder. But today I just don't want that stuff.

And that makes today a great day to declutter.


  1. There definitely are times that are very hard to declutter. I went through it when I acquired things from my parents home. My mother passed away. Dad moved into a loving-care facility and their stuff had to go somewhere. What I realized is that some of my love for their stuff had nothing to do with my love for them. It was all wrapped up in THEIR love for the stuff. As I evaluated what was truly meaningful to me or would be meaningful for my kids, I was able to say goodbye to the rest with less stress. I gave thanks to the Lord for all the good years as I tossed or donated them. ♥

    1. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Your situation would certainly be difficult emotionally. That you were able to find the strength to make decisions and keep only those precious keepsakes is an inspiration.

  2. I know that feeling. I also have too much stuff. I pushed myself to keep decluttering and I found that it did get easier. My dread of getting rid of it was much worse than the actual cleaning out and I felt so good afterward. I'm glad you were able to keep moving forward.

    1. It does feel good once it's gone! I've just dropped off 4 bags to goodwill. Thanks for the encouragement to keep going.

  3. It is so important to get rid of stuff as part of decluttering.... that isn't easy though... I sure have some of that to do. :)

    1. It's surprising how much accumulates if you don't do it regularly.

  4. I do feel surrounded by too much stuff as well. It is hard to feel organized in the midst! Thank you for joining at Snickerdoodle. Hope to see you tomorrow.

    1. Less stuff really is making my life easier. That's what keeps me decluttering!

  5. Congrats Stella! I've gotten to that point too, enough with the stuff! Now, that said, I have yet to unpack in my bedroom from my move 4 months ago! WE'll see how my brave words stand up to that task!!

    1. Go get unpacking! Or better yet, if you haven't used it in 4 months you probably don't need it so just toss it.


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