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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3 Reasons to Leave Love Notes on the Bathroom Mirror

With so many ways to stay in touch these days — from text messages, to DMs, to snaps — the art of the love letter has all but fallen by the wayside. However, there’s nothing like a sweet handwritten gesture to boost the day of someone special. And there’s no better place to do it than the bathroom mirror.

Whether for your partner, your roommate or even your child, bathroom mirror love notes can turn the chore of getting ready in the morning into a warm-fuzzy experience. Here are three reasons to adopt this simple gesture of kindness:

It’s quick and easy

Unlike purchasing a card or planning a date night, leaving a love note on the bathroom mirror is something you can do quickly and spontaneously. And while it may not require much time and effort, the way it will make the object of your affection feel is more than worth it. Plus, you don’t have to spend a ton of time thinking up what to say — in fact, given the medium, keeping it short and sweet is truly your best bet. Something like, “You look great today,” “I love your smile” or “I’m so proud of you” might be all it takes the change the course of someone’s day.

Clean up is a breeze

Simply keep a stack of post-it notes or a dry erase marker in your bathroom drawer for when the inspiration strikes. If your loved one is sentimental, they may want to keep your notes, making post-its the better choice. However, a dry erase marker is handy for jotting off a quick note of encouragement and, as a bonus, it easily wipes clean from your mirror with a little glass cleaner.

Nothing beats the unexpected

The element of surprise is key with mirror love notes. Picture your loved one walking bleary-eyed into the bathroom to take their morning shower, only to be pleasantly surprised by a sweet sentiment left just for them. Even if you make leaving bathroom mirror love notes a frequent practice, the anticipation of what your note will say on any given day is bound to put a spring in your sweetie’s step.

Valentine’s Day may be over, but spreading love should be a year-round practice — and bathroom mirror love notes are the perfect simple way to show someone you care.

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5 Tips for Decorating With Mixed Metals

Today we’re here to bust one of decorating’s biggest myths: you can’t mix metals within the same room. Not only is this “rule” meant to be broken, we’ll even take it one step further: you should mix metals within the same room.

Using multiple metal tones — like silver, copper, gold, stainless steel and more — can add intrigue and depth to your décor, without overpowering one space with a single finish. That said, it’s important to think carefully about how to mix metals in your home design to avoid giving a room a disjointed or careless appearance.

To help you feel confident in your ability to decorate with mixed metals, we’ve put together a list of five tips:

Think of metals as “warm” or “cool”

Warm metals would be anything with yellowish tones, like gold, copper and brass. Cool metals are anything with silver tones, like aluminum, stainless steel or any other silver metal. Once you have metals mentally divided up in these categories, you can balance the use of warm and cool metals in your décor. For instance, if you have a warm metal prominently used, you can use cool metals as accent tones.

Don’t go overboard

While you can think of this post as your official permission slip to mix metals, you still don’t want to go overboard. Stick to two to three metals at most, ideally with one focal metal and one to two accent metals.

Consider finishes

Using different finishes of the same metal — for instance, polished and shiny versus antique and rustic — can add visual appeal and variety. However, again, it’s important not to go overboard.

Use a mirror to add depth

Adding a mirror to a room creates depth by reflecting the metallic notes in your décor and generating a more open feel. Bonus points if your mirror has a metal frame!

Utilize space

Spreading out the different metals you choose will help the room flow better. Aim for metal mixing to happen at various heights and surfaces so the eye isn’t pulled to one plane of the room over another. For instance, if you have brass light fixtures drawing the eye up, you can use silver drawer pulls to bring attention to lower areas of the room.

Above all, trust your instincts. You want your décor to match your style, so don’t be afraid to push the envelope if it feels right.

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