My MIL is decorating my house!

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Chelle-Lee:  I don’t feel that you are obligated to display art that is chosen for you by someone else.

Do you have a room that you never use? or rarely use? I would hang it all in there gallery style and declare it to be your art gallery.

Post # 4
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2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@julies1949:  +1. i’d put everything in a spare room. or put them away, and bring them out when she’s coming over.

Post # 5
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2685 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Too bad you guys can not just tell her no more decorations. or can you? Have you and your guy considered this?

 

Post # 6
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3359 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

I would tell her that you have plans to redecorate the home (whether that is really true or not), and that you are still choosing colours and themes so you aren’t sure if it will go with your vision, but thank her for her generosity. That is kind but also to the point that you may not appreciate her gifts, and she would be dense not to understand your message. But what does your DH think of her gifts? He would be able to say things to her that you might not be able to say without coming across as rude. Everyone forgives something their child says, so perhaps he could gently suggest that you two don’t need any further home decorating items?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Chelle-Lee:  I also put extra art (or just the stuff I don’t particularly enjoy) in a spare bedroom. Then guests get to see it & I don’t have to do the whole storage-shuffle-hide game if they come over. Also, regifts…. Just not to anyone related to her or her family (friends & coworkers would do the trick though)

 

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