She cleans, cooks, works, and slaves away at home to make sure her family is taken care of, so now it’s your turn to let mom know how much you appreciate her.
Mother’s Day is nearly here and you are maybe grasping at straws for ways to show her exactly how much you care. The cute, homemade macaroni cards aren’t gonna cut it this year, so you’ll have to think bigger.
We have compiled a list of ways to show your mom what she means to you with DIY projects you can do together and gestures you can do for her just to show your appreciation.
10 Ways to Show Mom You Care
Plant a window box together. Hit up your local nursery and bring some plants home to surprise your mom with. The next step will be hanging out together and spending time getting your hands dirty planting your gift. If your mom doesn’t have a window box, then you can get a small garden container and pot the plants.
Start a vegetable or herb garden together. If your mom already has a garden half of your work is already done. May is a great time to get some of those vegetables and herbs planted. This is the kind of gift your mother will be able to enjoy throughout the summer, while adding fresh ingredients right outside her door. If your mom doesn’t have a garden or space for one, some herbs can be grown right in the comfort of her kitchen.
Build a little library nook. Does your mom love to read? Then why not give her a little nook in her home where she can relax with a good book. The project can be as easy as putting up shelving for her favorite books and buying a comfortable chair for her to relax in.
Help her with her IT needs. Are you technologically gifted but your mom isn’t, help her out with some of her gadgets around the house. Hook up a DVD or Blu-ray player, help her use her DVR and schedule her favorite TV shows, install some apps on her phone you know she will like, and help her set up her computer or laptop.
Ask your mom for a to-do list. When you were a kid your mom would give you a list of chores. Now it’s time for you to ask her again for a list of things that need to be done around her house. It may be little things like fixing a squeaky cabinet door, cleaning the carpets, or any other small chores she hasn’t gotten a chance to do. You can also dive a little deeper and clean her furniture, clean out the closets, vacuum window screens, wash windows, deep clean the refrigerator and freezer, and clean out her vents.
Pick a DIY project to do together. There is nothing quite like spending time with your mom working on a project together. Pick a DIY that will be easy to complete for the two of you. It could be as simple as creating storage in the laundry room or more complex like making a bench for her porch.
Help her with a redecorating project. It may not be the funnest way to spend Mother’s Day, but working on a redecorating project is a nice way to help around the house. It can be as easy as moving some furniture around, freshening up the paint in a couple or room, or choosing new paint colors all together.
Do a spring maintenance checklist on her home. Making sure your mom is safe is an important job. It’s fairly simple and shows how much you care about her wellbeing. Make sure her smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have batteries, and inspect the brickwork and stucco of her home. Replace rotted siding or trim, repaint the outside of the home where needed, clean her gutters and downspouts, and inspect her roof for damaged or missing shingles. You can also schedule a chimney checkup, make sure the furnace and AC unit are working properly, and weatherproof her windows and doors.
Take her car in for maintenance or have it detailed. Sometimes it’s the little things that moms just have a hard time scheduling. You can help your mom out by making sure her regularly scheduled car maintenance is taken care of. If her maintenance is up-to-date, you could instead take her vehicle to be detailed bringing it back looking and smelling like new.
Talk about re-insulating her home to reduce monthly energy bills and make her home more comfortable. You could be worried about your mother’s comfort when it’s cold outside. There are also the dangers of using a space heater in the home. Living on a budget could also be a concern with paying high monthly energy bills. Sit down with your mom and talk about the benefits of insulating her home with foam insulation. It can help make her home more comfortable in the winter and summer, while saving her money in the long run.
About Amanda Ringler
Amanda previously has worked as a breaking news and crime reporter, TV news producer, and editor in Flint and Detroit. Throughout her career as a journalist, she has won several awards from the Detroit Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists and the Michigan Press Association.
As part of the RetroFoam of Michigan family, Amanda uses her experience as a journalist to write content that will help educate homeowners on the benefits of foam insulation.
When Amanda isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and rescued huskies. She also loves knitting, making art, cooking, and hosting dinner and a movie night for friends and family.