Looking for ways to celebrate Mothers Day in a sustainable fashion, without adding clutter? Let’s face it; we are enticed to purchase more stuff, but how many fluffy slippers, dressing gowns, new toasters and frying pans to make the perfect scrambled eggs does she really need? Do we really need to ramp up our consumption of ‘stuff’ just because it’s Mothers Day, to let her know that we love her? Let’s take a step back from that traditional Mothers Day gift list and rethink.
Put simply, if we have concerns about reducing clutter in our homes and reducing our carbon footprint and the impact of belongings on environment, perhaps our gifts could do with a change of philosophy.
One American trend forecaster says research shows that two in every three people believe they would be better off if they lived more simply with less belongings. ‘As more people realise that more stuff does not equal more happiness, but the best place to find status, identity, meaning and happiness is in experiences.’
In a recent survey 25% of respondents say clutter creates stress or anxiety in their lives, while less than one in five respondents even admit that clutter causes them to not want have friends or family coming over (17.5%)or that it impacts their happiness negatively (16.5%)
Similar proportions say clutter decreases their sense of self-control (14.9$) to creates a sense of shame in them (13.9%) Source: Clutter Report
With this in mind, it’s time to rethink gift giving, what Mum would not accept the gift of a house cleaner for a month? Giving her the gift of time to experience something special for herself! I question the new toasters and cleaning equipment that pop up in magazines, junk mail, radio and TV ads leading up to Mothers Day. Sure the toaster and vacuum may need replacing and you like the idea of the steam mop as you don’t use any chemicals to clean, but how can we give more with less STUFF?
Ten top tips to celebrate Mothers Day in a sustainable fashion
- Prepare a beautiful lunch to share with family and friends
- Surprise her with a picnic in her favourite spot
- Pay for a house cleaner and give her the gift of time
- Cook meals and freeze them, giving her a break from cooking
- Declutter & organise her wardrobe
- Go for a walk or bike ride in the park together
- Write her a letter of gratitude
- Make her a card
- Create a beautiful flower arrangement
- Tell her you love her
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