We’ve started dedicating Monday mornings to a single tip or simple idea to get your week off to a better start. This week it’s my turn! -Sarah
I used to think that displaying fresh flowers in a vase was something other people did. Martha Stewart types, or people with more taste and style than I had, or more disposable income, or a more exciting social life. Every once in a while I would get a bouquet as a gift and enjoy it while it lasted, but the idea of buying flowers for myself seemed somehow excessive or frivolous.
But a couple of years ago, I started making fresh flowers part of my weekly grocery shopping routine. It started with daffodils at Trader Joe’s one spring – priced so low I couldn’t resist them – and at the time it felt like a special treat. At $1.99, though, it was hardly indulgent (a Starbucks coffee cost more, after all), and the cheery yellow blooms lasted a whole week.
- I prefer a small bouquet of the same type of flowers to a bigger mixed arrangement (just my personal taste) – and often these are less expensive. Daffodils, tulips, gerbera daisies, sunflowers, and those ranunculus blooms pictured all work really well.
- Glass jars make the prettiest vases. If you’ve been reading here a while, you know I have a thing with the jars. And the flowers in jars.
- Bigger isn’t always better. Sometimes two stems in a tiny bud vase make me twice as happy as something bigger. (Bud vases also come in handy later in the week when most of the blooms are drooping – just salvage one or two, cut them short and make a mini arrangement!)
- Remove all the lower leaves from long stems before arranging. I learned this from Danielle Smith in a video she shared last year.
- Grocery store floral departments have sales and specials, too. Once fresh flowers became a part of my weekly routine, I started noticing pricing patterns, club card savings and seasonal sales just like I do with food. Because I have a $5.00 limit for myself, sometimes I try out a new flower or buy something outside my normal taste because it’s on sale.
As we talk about quite a bit here at The Happiest Home, sometimes the little things are really not-so-little. A jar of bright blossoms on my countertop is cheap and easy and low-commitment as compared to other home decorating ideas, but it’s a ritual that (literally) brightens our home and adds color to our days. And it turns out, it’s not just for other people – it’s for me, too.
If your home could use a spring pick-me-up this week and you’re not in the habit of buying fresh flowers for yourself, why not give this a try?
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Want more ideas from our Plan a Better Week series? You can get them all right here:
- Get up five minutes earlier
- Invite somebody over
- Think about dinner as soon as you get up
- Nourish yourself at off-peak times
- Clean. Organize. Rinse. Repeat.