Your mom doesn’t need another coffee mug – trust us on this one. On Mother’s Day, give her something she can actually enjoy: a clean corner of the world! This woman changed your diapers and put up with your teenage angst (remember those days?), so the least you can do is tackle a few common “mom pain points.”
So, take her aside and ask her what she needs done around the house (you can also show her this handy coupon book of chore-gift ideas). That way, she can pick and choose what will make her oh-so-happy. Then, send her out for a cup of coffee (on you, of course) and get to work. Here are some details on a few chores we think mom may choose:
Husband tip: These ideas work just as well for the mother of your babies, too!
Even moms dread the carrying, sorting, folding and putting away monotony of laundry duty. Give her poor arms a break by taking over the deed for a day! If you seriously hate laundry, too, check out: 7 Ways to Hate Laundry Less.
When you’re a busy mom, some tasks – like cleaning your mirrors – just don’t get done. Brighten up your mom’s reflection by cleaning her bathroom mirror with white vinegar. Here’s how:
1) In a large bowl, mix a quart of room temperature water with two tablespoons of vinegar.
2) We recommend using coffee filters to clean the mirror (but a soft cloth works, too). Dip your coffee filter in the mixture and wring it out thoroughly.
3) Clean the mirror with the damp filter. Then use a dry coffee filter to dry the mirror until it’s streak-free.
4) Optional: Add a sweet note about your mom’s beautiful reflection. She’ll love it!
Your mother works hard making you delicious and nutritious meals, so make sure her skills are being showcased on clean dishes. Clean the dishwasher and then give her one night off from dinner duty. You don’t even have to cook – ordering takeout is BrightNest approved!
Fact: women (moms included) love shoes. But they don’t always keep them well organized! Give your mom’s closet a serious structure boost by consolidating her shoe collection. Just don’t toss anything without checking first – those retro pumps could be from your parent’s first date!
In a lot of ways, Tupperware makes a mom’s life a lot easier – she can divvy up leftovers and save money on lunches. But, in other ways, Tupperware causes stress and chaos. Example: the Tupperware mountain in your mom’s kitchen cabinet. Take fifteen minutes to organize your mom’s Tupperware collection. For the ultimate Tupperware Mother’s Day extravaganza, splurge on a few new pieces for the collection, too.