Okay ladies, here are a just a few more tips when preparing for that visit from your husband’s other woman. It just takes a bit of effort, but will make all the difference in the world and you can begin to actually look forward (almost) to her arrival. After all, it means a lot less cooking and cleaning for you once she arrives, so learn to enjoy! Let’s begin.
Offer to do the laundry when your MIL comes to stay.
Your MIL might live in a ranch style house with one floor, so that she is simply not used to staircases. So, simply offer to do the wash (she will probably want to do it herself anyway), but the gesture is what counts! And if she gives your house a zing such as, “I hate this house—it has too many !@#$%^ stairs!” simply agree and tell her that you have to trick yourself into liking it to by telling yourself you’re at the gym doing the Stairmaster, since you want to retain your cute and sexy figure for her son. This will put the kibosh on all further discussions of said stairs.
Be sure to close the top cabinets in the kitchen when cooking.
Let’s say you are multi-tasking like an octopus, preparing dinner, talking on the phone (thank god for headsets!) regarding an appointment for the water boiler to be checked, while simultaneously doing your hair and nails—as you might have scheduled a class at the Adult Education Center.
Your MIL might accidentally walk into a cabinet that you’ve forgot to close, bonking her head—really hard. OH NO! And you probably will be hearing about it for the next few days or months (or years). So, to help you remember to close them? Simply tell yourself that the cabinets are like doors to the outside in the dead of winter and that your heating bill is going through the roof every time you open ’em a crack. This one really works!
Be prepared for your MIL to wear lots of perfume.
Fragrance allergy or not, it’s not always easy to have a new scent around the house—in such overwhelming doses … Simply spring for one of those Sharper Image Air Purifiers and run it on high when your MIL comes to stay. Compliment her on the scent and keep a bottle of Febreeze and squirt some here and there when she isn’t looking.
Be objective when it comes to MIL criticism.
Let’s say your MIL tells you your hair looks better the other way. Okay, so your first reaction is to feel like complete @$%^. Let’s change all that! Simply style it the “other” way while she’s there, and change it back when she leaves. However, you might actually find that other people start to compliment you on your new style, so be open to the possibility that Mother knows best!
Let your MIL help you with your landscaping.
If your MIL loves to pick out flowers for your flowerboxes and shrubs for your garden, I say, let her! Definitely do not wrinkle your nose or peer furtively in your husband direction, or she will surely get the mistaken impression that you are contrary in every way. We must pick our battles, and besides, she most likely has a lot more experience in these matters than we do, and ultimately, a flower is a flower, right? You will most likely be pleasantly surprised at how nicely they bloom and blossom. If you absolutely must, replace them with your own choices the following spring. She only wants to test the waters and leave her mark—better outside than in!