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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,


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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