3 Tips for Moving Mirrors

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, packing up and transporting your belongings can be a logistical nightmare. Plus, the stress of moving is always made worse by the risk of something you own breaking or getting damaged in the process. Since mirrors are one of the most nerve wracking items to move — after all, no one wants seven years bad luck — we’ve compiled our best tips for transporting your large mirrors safely to your new home.

Buy a dedicated mirror box

It might seem excessive, but mirror boxes are specifically designed to protect mirrors and well worth the extra effort. With four separate pieces of interlocking cardboard, mirror boxes can be adjusted to fit any size mirror. You can also line the pieces of cardboard with bubble wrap for extra cushion and protection. Find your mirror box at any hardware store or moving company, or order online. 

Secure the glass

Next, take some precautionary steps to secure the glass in your mirror. Using painter’s tape, tape an “X” across the surface of your mirror, with tape running from corner to corner. That way, even if the worst happens and your mirror does break, it won’t shatter into several tiny pieces. As an added precaution, cut out a piece of cardboard that is the exact size of your mirror’s interior glass and tape it onto the frame. Finally, wrap the entire mirror in a layer of brown packing paper and a layer of bubble wrap, then secure with packing tape.

Review and label

Now it’s time to put the mirror in your prepared mirror box and see if your protection efforts paid off. When you lift the box and shake it slightly, you shouldn’t feel any shifting or sliding of the mirror inside. If everything feels secure, you can tape your box closed and label the outside with a permanent marker. Be sure to clearly identify the package as fragile.

And that’s it! While it can also be helpful to point out specific boxes to your movers that contain fragile items, your mirror should now be well protected to make your move. Before you know it, you’ll be unpacked and enjoying it in your new location.

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Why Are Mirrors So Enchanting?

In the worlds of fairy tales and folklore, you don’t have to look far to find enchanted mirrors. Whether offering windows to new worlds, holding the secret to a curse or reflecting your true beauty back to you, mirrors have a long-standing reputation for the mythical and magical.

In our line of work, we’ve seen firsthand how a framed mirror can magically transform the appeal of a bathroom, or how a well-placed accent mirror can magically make a room look bigger, so obviously we’re big believers in the enchanted. That’s why today, we’re rounding up four of the most memorable pop culture appearances of enchanted mirrors — just for a fun trip down memory lane.

4 Magical Mirrors From Pop Culture

Beauty and the Beast

Who could forget the Beast’s enchanted mirror that allows the holder to view anything their heart desires? After all, without this magical mirror, Belle never would have seen her father was in need of help.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It’s one of the most widely repeated mirror quotes of all time: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” We all know the answer in the story is Snow White, but here’s the best part of asking this question to non-magical mirrors: you’ll like the answer you see (*wink*).

Harry Potter

The Mirror of Erised reflects the deepest desires of whoever is looking into it. While this may sound like a nice thing, there’s a reason Dumbledore warns Harry about getting too lost in what the mirror shows. Still, the power of this enchanted mirror spurned an important discussion among Potterheads around the world: what would you see if you looked in the Mirror of Erised?

Alice Through the Looking-Glass

In the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice climbs through a mirror into a world where logic is reversed. This plays off of the longstanding myth that mirrors provide portals to other dimensions.

While these mirrors may be from fiction, it’s not surprising that so many storytellers rely on the enchanting quality of mirrors to spin their tales. We may be biased, but there’s just something magical about mirrors.

 

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5 Superstitions and Myths About Mirrors

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s the craziest mirror superstition of them all?

There’s a reason that mirrors have played a unique role in pop culture and folklore over the years — after all, seeing our reflection is a fascinating thing! That’s why, just for fun, we’ve rounded up a few popular mirror myths and superstitions.

Seven Years Bad Luck

Perhaps the most well-known mirror myth, the belief that breaking a mirror would bring you seven years bad luck dates back to the ancient Romans. They believed life was renewed every seven years, which explains the length of the curse. (Luckily, this is just an old superstition; however, there are certain steps you should follow if you break a mirror to dispose of it safely.)

No Reflection = No Soul

It’s said that fantastical beings like vampires and witches don’t have a reflection when they look in the mirror because they don’t have a soul, and mirrors are meant to reflect our souls back to us.

Bloody Mary

A favorite “dare” in every adolescent slumber party’s nightly game of “Truth or Dare,” this folklore ritual claimed anyone who spoke Bloody Mary’s name 13 times in front of a dimly lit mirror would summon her bloody ghost.

See Your Future Husband

Apparently, at midnight on Halloween night, if you peel an apple in one long continuous strip in front of a mirror, then toss the peel over your left shoulder with your right hand, your future husband will be revealed to you in the mirror. Other versions of this myth say you actually eat the apple, so make sure you do your research before you give this one a shot.

Bad Feng Shui

In order to have a bedroom that follows the principles of feng shui, you better not have a mirror that faces your bed. This is because of the belief that your body and spirit go through a repairing process while sleeping, and it would be damaging to your rest to have the negative energy your body releases during sleep reflected back at you.

While we don’t know what to believe about some of these superstitions and myths, we know one unequivocal truth about mirrors: they look better with a frame. Luckily, we can help with that.

How to Get a Streak-Free Mirror

We’ve all been there. You take the time to clean your mirror, think you’ve done a good job, then your cleaning solution fully dries and…streaks. Suddenly, the mirror you just put in the effort to clean looks even dirtier than before you started. Cleaning your mirror again using the same method is only going to make things worse, so how can you achieve a streak-free mirror?

First, let’s talk about the mistakes you might be making that can lead to unsightly smudges and frustrating streaks.

Mistake #1: Using a paper towel

While paper towels may seem like the logical choice for cleaning your mirror, they’re actually more likely to leave behind particles and cause streaks.

Mistake #2: Using a cleaning solution not meant for glass

Run of the mill cleaning solutions aren’t designed to minimize streaks. A designated glass cleaner will make fewer suds than other cleaning solutions, which helps to reduce the residue left behind. Can’t find a store bought brand that does the trick for the right price? Consider making your own.

Now that we have those two mistakes out of the way, let’s talk about the tried and true method for getting a streak-free mirror.

Step 1: Pre-clean

Yes, it may sound ridiculous, but pre-cleaning your mirror is one of the secrets to ensuring your glass cleaner can do its job. Look closely and identify any spots or flecks — like toothpaste or make-up, perhaps — then carefully remove using rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad. This spot check might seem unnecessary, but trust us: it’ll save you more time in the long run.

Step 2: Spray With Glass Cleaner

Careful not to oversaturate. Ideally, you want your glass cleaner to be finely misted, not dripping.

Step 3: Wipe Clean With a Microfiber Cloth

A flat-weave microfiber cloth will yield the best results and avoid any lint sticking to your mirror. Start at the top left corner of the mirror and drag the cloth straight across to the top right corner. From there, run your cloth back toward the left side of the mirror slightly below where you last passed the cloth. Continue making horizontal swipes from side to side until you’ve removed all the glass cleaner from the mirror.

Step 4: Stand Back and Admire Your Handy Work

At this point, your mirror should be completely clean and streak-free. If you notice any missed spots, use your cleaner and cloth to remove them and then buff dry. Otherwise, enjoy seeing your clear, streak-free reflection smiling back at you.

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5 Tips for De-cluttering Your Bathroom

A disorganized and over-cluttered bathroom can take your morning routine from pleasant to hectic with the opening of just one messy drawer. But here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be this way! With these few quick de-cluttering tips, you can be on your way to better bathroom organization and a smoother morning routine.

Get rid of what you don’t use

It can be tempting to hold on to sample-size products, thinking you’ll want to try them “someday.” However, in reality, those products are more likely to go forgotten and cause unnecessary clutter. Instead, consider donating unopened hotel shampoos and bars of soap to a shelter where they can be put to much better use.

Use storage options that work

Part of what can make your space feel so disorganized is a lack of workable storage options. Invest a small amount of money into game-changing storage options like drawer dividers, under the sink turntables and cute baskets.

Make sure everything belongs

If you’re like most of us, chances are you have some items floating around your bathroom that don’t really belong there — like that extra package of batteries that you meant to carry into the living room, or that coffee mug that really needs a run through the dishwasher. Clear out anything that isn’t essential for bathroom tasks and move it to a location that makes more sense.

Embrace labels

Reorganizing is great — until you realize you have no idea where anything is anymore. Luckily, labels are great for keeping your system working long after the initial purge. You can invest in a fancy label maker or keep it simple with sticky labels and a sharpie.

Consider your routine

Ideally, your bathroom space should be as functional as possible for your needs. Think through how you like to get ready in the morning and design your organization in a way that makes sense. Group similar use products together to streamline your routine, like hair products and make-up in one area and hygiene products in another.

Your bathroom should be sacred — not cluttered. You’ll be surprised how much some simple organization and de-cluttering can change your space and change your mood.

 

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