make it pretty, keep it clean

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 i have learned one thing about myself and my housekeeping:  if its pretty, i’m more likely to keep it clean.

a couple weeks ago i cleaned my kitchen so it sparkled.  and we’ve kept it pretty clean since!

when i make my bed all pretty in the morning, i am so much less likely to leave my clothes on the floor.

buffet countertop

this are is our drop zone.  we walk in the back door and all the extra stuff that doesn’t have a home takes up residence here.  i’ve found that if i change it up a bit over here on this buffet, i’ll keep it clean, at least for a little while.

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i even tried adding more things to the counter – i figured the more space taken up with pretty things, the less space there’d be for our homeless junk.

but i grew tired of these things and the piles grew and took over.

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 and here’s the latest set up – a picture of compromise.   yes, compromise.

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 you see, orchids are sean’s favorite flower.  i actually really like them… when they are in bloom.  but not in bloom, not my favorite.  actually, kind of my least favorite.  its because of those wormy root things.  they are gross looking.  and you only see them and a few wimpy leaves for months and months until the orchids might happen to bloom again.  but at least they bloom for a long time, so they have that going for them!

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 oh yes, back to the compromise.  i was about to chuck these guys, these half plants that have been sitting on my window sill, taunting me with their flowerlessness for months.  then i had an idea.  maybe taking these plants and focusing more on their mismatched containers was the key.  so i grabbed a handful of my milk glass pieces, popped the ugly wormy leafy plants out of their mismatched pots and made them beautiful with coordinating vessels.

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 and look!  one of the plants is about to flower and i won’t even see the worm roots anymore!



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    It looks not only pretty but soothing too. I have a bunch of those milk glass containers that Ive found thrifting for under $3 each. I put the girls’ art supplies in them- colored pencils, crayons, scissors,etc… They make anything look nice:)
    I notice that you have an old copy of “A Child’s Garden of Verses.” My 2nd graders JUST read about that book this week…they read snippets and poems from it and I was thinking “Id love to get my hands on the actual book.”

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    Lora Lee says:

    Here’s a tip a florist gave me on orchids, after I went to class to pot an orchid at her shop. Put a silk orchid in the pot as the new orchids are growing. She admitted the roots are ugly and the wait for the new orchids can be lengthy. Adding a fake, colorful orchid stem makes it more eye appealing. I know I will have to do this when my blooming orchid starts to fade. I have no patience, especially with plants.

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    two easy things I do while waiting for new blooms: group several orchids together in the same cache pot and then I also cover the roots with reindeer moss it’s light the air still circulates. Love the milk glass!

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    I have to make my bed everyday.. My house feel so unkept if I don’t! I ‘m totally a clean freak though! Love your plants.. they are too cute! : )


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    I was going to suggest the same thing as Lora Lee, I bought a fake orchid stem from Michaels, cut off the extra leaves and planted it in my pot with the orchid plant. It looks real and I am the only one who knows. I even used the stick and the clip that came with the original plant…to further the fakery ;)

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    AH SOMEONE WHO CAN RELATE! My husband has an orchid he sat in our window sill after we got married. For 2 years (!) that thing didn’t bloom and those willy roots were so ugly. Just yesterday, the first bloom popped open and 5 more look promising. I thought we were doing something wrong, but it sounds like orchids just take forever to grow blooms. My husband doesn’t understand why I hate that plant so much.

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    I’m dying to know where you got your turquoise cake stand!!

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    Crystal says:

    So pretty and relaxing!! Love it!!

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    There’s a real knack with orchids it seems, so well worth the wait. The beautiful cage also works well to distract from the wormy roots, which incidentally I actually find fascinating. My mum is a talented orchid grower, beautiful plants indeed.
    Love all the mint colour, and those hooks on the end of the buffet- looks so tidy and pretty at the same time, with there colourful bags hanging from them. Great idea. I’m feeling inspired!

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    sooo pretty. i’m going to get up and clean my kitchen till it sparkles now too. you inspired me! :) maybe that will lead to other things! thanks!

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