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Cool Idea: Aprons Outside the Kitchen

While I'm not a fan of retro ideas about housework falling to women, I have happily embraced one remnant from days of household cleaning past: the apron. While most everyone associates aprons with kitchen work and baking projects, I've found them to be incredibly helpful when cleaning the house. I used to change clothes before tackling a big housecleaning job, but now I just tie on a cute apron, like this Flirty Everyday Housewife Apron ($29) from Etsy seller Momomadeit.


To see another place around the home where I find aprons an essential accessory, as well as many more cute aprons from Etsy sellers,

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Another spot I've recently started wearing an apron is in the garden. One advantage to an apron is that it's a lot less clothing to throw in the washer after you're done cleaning or gardening. I wore a dress for planting my garden this weekend, and thanks to my gardening gloves and apron, I didn't have a speck of dirt on me! I admit, it was an experiment initially, but it's one that's become a gardening and cleaning habit. Seriously, anything to prevent my laundry pile from growing makes me that much happier.

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Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
I've been collecting vintage aprons for close to 20 years now, and have a lovely little display of some hanging in the kitchen. I use them for everything from cooking to cleaning, but never thought to use one in the garden -- thanks for the idea now I've got another use for them!
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I have one that is so cute it makes me want to put on a pair of heels with it ;-)
nancita nancita 8 years
I love that photo. Talk about gardening in style. I love wearing aprons and now I am totally going to wear one while cleaning the house. Can't believe I never thought of that.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Great idea! I received multiple aprons as bridal shower gifts. Since I don't wear them all in the kitchen at once, I may put at least one to good use this way.
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
good idea. i have a really adoro apron i bought from anthropologie a year ago and have only worn it once!
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