Mothers are the heart and soul of the home, and in honor of Mother’s Day, here are 5 tips homemaking tips my mother taught me.
My mother always said that no home is complete without a garden. To this day people walking by my house will stop to smell the roses and complement her on the beautiful garden that sits out front of our home. As my siblings and I grew older, and one by one, we moved out from our home, we noticed my mother’s garden expanded. A large portion of my backyard, where a swing- set used to reside, has now been transformed into a giant fruit and vegetable garden. For many gardening is a therapeutic activity, but for my mother it has an even deeper meaning, “my garden reminds me of you kids- you feed them, you watch them grow, and you love them.”
While most people stray away from designing a completely white kitchen, in fear of every spill and crumbs being visible, my mother adores them. She claims, “there is something so beautiful about a white, pristine kitchen.” As a person that is notorious for spilling, you can imagine my mother wasn’t thrilled with me when it came to keeping the kitchen clean. Anyone that steps foot in my mom’s kitchen knows not to brush their clothes up against the counter tops or cabinets because there’s a pretty good chance your clothes will be ruined from bleach. That said, I do have to admit, I love the look of an all-white kitchen, and I’d like to think it corrected my bad habit of spilling.
Decorate with Photos
One Christmas my mother only asked for one thing, ten black picture frames. It was encouraged for them to be all different sizes and styles. My siblings and I were confused to say the least, yet relieved that we knew exactly what to get her. Shortly after the holidays, a once bare wall was filled with eclectic photos of my family members taken through the years. My mother stated, “having photos of your family in your home is essential because as kids come and go over the years, the photographs are a constant reminder that you are always together.”
Keep Electronics in One Room
With the new advances in technology, it is incredibly difficult to separate yourself from your laptop, cell phone or television. Growing up this was never an issue in my home because my mother made a rule that all electronics stayed in the family room. This ment no cellphones at the dinner table, and certainly, no TV was allowed in the bedrooms. Call my mother old fashion, but looking back I appreciate this rule. As my siblings and I got older, and our lives got busier, it’s easy to lose touch. The time we spent as a family at the dinner table sharing stories about our day at school and soccer practice is something I look back and truly cherish now.
Updated Window Treatments
Inevitably, my mother has passed down her obsession with window treatments in the home. It dawned on me when I was in college and on the hunt for a new apartment with my roommates. Nearly every place we walked into, my eyes darted to windows and I immediately was turned off by the broken and disheveled blinds. The aesthetics of the window treatments aren’t the only contributors to our obsession, the amount of light they let in is equally as important. My mother swears by light filtering Cellular Shades or Horizontal Sheer Shades. “They provide the right amount of privacy without sacrificing the natural flow of sunlight into a room.” While some might find our obsession with window treatments odd, we like to think there are many women out there who share our appreciation for quality blinds and shades.
These are just a few homemaking tips my mother instilled in me over the years. On behalf of 3 Day Blind’s, we wish all moms a very happy Mother’s Day!