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.


Re-decluttering accessories

Those of you who have shared my decluttering adventures may be wondering if I've run out of things to declutter.

Umm, no, there is still lots more to go, and while I've needed a bit of a break from talking about purging my stuff I've still been decluttering things here and there.

Get it out - FAST

Some things I've had to just get out of the house as quickly as possible or I might have been tempted to keep them, especially books.

Don't look back

Others I've decided not to share because I don't want future me to have to look back at them. I've said goodbye to those things forever.

Is there room for it in my life?

Other items I've decluttered and then claimed them back because they solve a problem for me. Like my little wooden bowls that I thought were really lovely but just sat in the cupboard taking up space.

At the start of this year I did another kitchen once through just like I did last year and the cute bowls were designated for donation on my re-decluttering round. After all if it's been hiding in a cupboard unused for that long I probably don't have room for it in my life.

When I shared my hair pin hoarding tendencies with you all I realised my hair pins didn't have a designated spot, they were everywhere, some in my hand bag, some with my makeup, some on my bedside table, and some in the bathroom in a little plastic container that some hair ties had come in. I looked at that sad looking plastic container and thought I must try and find something to replace it with.

For the next few days I wondered what would make a good bathroom container for my hair things instead of that ugly plastic one. I wanted a container that would survive our bathroom, survive splashes, survive being knocked over occasionally, that didn't take up too much room, and I didn't want it to have a lid so it was easily accessible.

Cute bowl rescued from the dark depths of a cupboard.

Then it hit me!  I had those cute little bowls sitting there waiting for me to take that next decluttering step of donating them. They would be just perfect! I do have room for them in my life after all.

I grabbed the wooden bowls back out of the donation pile and put all my hair pins in one and my hair ties in the other and now I have cute containers for them instead of the boring plastic one. It's kind of sad how many years I've used ugly disposable containers for my hair things while those bowls have been hidden in the dark depths of the cupboard.

Do you have something cute hiding in the back of the cupboard, maybe it's time it saw the light of day for a while so you can see if there is room for it in your life.


I've begun re-decluttering some areas. I find that re-decluttering to be both really easy and really hard at the same time.

Re-decluttering is hard because I look at an area that I would like to reduce and I feel discouraged because I know I'm not going to come away with huge piles of stuff that I can point to and exclaim 'Wow. Look at all that stuff I'm getting rid of. See how much I've achieved!' Instead I feel like it's going to be a whole lot of effort for very little return.

Today I had that urge to decluter and I opened a couple of boxes and got nowhere. That is when I remembered, just find something to remove, less is the aim, not perfection, just less. And then suddenly getting started decluttering was much easier.

I don't know why, but just having to find 'something' to remove rather then 'declutter the entire contents of this container' is freeing.

Perhaps it's because if I find even one single thing to declutter then I have been successful in my task.

Whereas if my goal is to declutter this container and I over look one thing that should have been decluttered then I would have failed. Now, I know that rationally I wouldn't have actually failed but it still feels that way.

These belts nearly got purged on my last belt decluttering round, but they weren't. And that's why I'm re-decluttering.

So today when I went through my belts I've decided to farewell these 4 - there's a couple of others I have that don't fit me any more but I'm not ready to say goodbye to just yet. But because I just had to choose 'something' and not completely declutter to perfection I now have 4 less belts to worry about. I have less. And my goal has been achieved. 

Decluttering these 4 belts was really easy because I hadn't used three of them since the last time I declutterd belts. I'd nearly ditched them the first time I decluttered accessories so this time around it was an easy decision. The fourth belt got used but is now simply worn out.

Ditch all the stockings that might have runs.

I more then halved my pantyhose supplies. I hate stockings. Nylon and hot weather are a disgusting mix but occasionally they are necessary. However, if I needed them I would more then likely -purchase a new pair then try to find a pair without a run in them from my wardrobe.

And these pantyhose show just how much easier it is to get rid of things when re-decluttering. I understand my own habits and thinking much better then I did on the first time around. I know I don't want to go through them to figure out which is which, and that I won't upcycle them or reuse them although I could, that after all the decluttering I've done that it's worth more to me to risk ditching a good pair then it is to spend the time and energy on figuring out if there is a good pair.

That the longer I procrastinate on figuring out the bigger that pile will grow as I just purchase a new pair if I do need them. So, out they go.

Goodbye...how'd you get back in my wardrobe? Goodbye again.

Then there is this ever so pretty red faux fur scarf that I have never ever used and probably never will. I'm sure I could use it for something but I doubt I ever will get around to re-purposing it. It's been decluttered before, but it must have jumped out and hid back in my wardrobe. I think this time I've convinced it that it will be happier somewhere else where it gets taken out and played with from time to time.

It was much easier to declutter the scarf this time because I don't want to see it again in another year and wonder yet again if I could do something with it. It's easier because now I know that even though I could do something with it, I won't do something with it. It's easier because now I know stuff about myself, my habits and how I want to spend my time that I didn't know the first time I decluttered.

Re-decluttering accessories


  1. Great job Stella! I've also hoarded things that I know I'll never wear but I keep on thinking that I might repurpose them. If only I wasn't a repurposer, how easier things would be. On the bright side, I did sort out my sock drawer and got rid of the extras.

    1. I'm just not buying any more socks for the next hundred years or so LOL. I've found it much easier to let go of stuff that could be repurposed if I consider if it's one of the top 10 or 20 things I would want to spend my creating time on or not.

  2. Great advice for an organization freak like myself! I have a lot to re-declutter! These things never end!

    1. We have minimised what we bring into our home now, but it still seems endless!

  3. Aw, c'mon! Nylon can be a life-saver in hot weather - if you're a tomato... My dad always cut up my mom's old pantyhose for strips to tie tomato plants to their stakes. She was never allowed to throw them away, but there was always a pile of them out in the garage!

    Good job "removing an item"! It's amazing how much you can accomplish just by changing the way you think!


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