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Letter to My Children : Homemaking (Part 2)

Dear children

To continue from where I left off from an earlier post ‘Homemaking – Part 1’, I have a comment about building the modern home in Singapore.

Again Mum’s views are mostly slanted towards the home economics perspective…

The modern home is ideally equipped with possessions based on the kind of life you lead (meaning  ‘lifestyle’ ). It is fruitless to ignore this aspect whilst raising a home and family in urban Singapore where life is often harried.

If this point is ignored, symptomatic tell-tale signs like clutter, falling ill often, rising tensions at home or between close relations and not being able to find things when one needs them within a home will surface.

With a consideration of the kind of life you lead as a starting point or foundation, one can focus on building upon the love and health of the family living within one’s homestead.

Tips for Shopping for the Home:

1)When you shop for things, always try to buy things that you or your family members might favour – in that it is your ‘style’ or the way you ‘live’ your life everyday (most of the days at least).

Incorporating what family members might like and understanding why they may gravitate towards certain items may take a bit more time but it’s worthwhile and sustaining in the long run towards building a happy and healthy home..one is making progress.

2)Consider the colour scheme of your home (if this is not important, leave it out )

3)What sort of surroundings would you want to live in –

within sparse minimalistic surroundings with essential furnishings

OR

eclectic look  (meaning one starts with plain colours then adding in other possessions of various colours or styles)

OR

co-ordinated (you like to be surrounded by carefully selected purchases and are proud to live in an ‘interior designed’ home)

4)Which possessions will you maintain the upkeep (important because stuff accumulates pretty quickly)

5)And do you have help to keep everything tidy and clean ?

6) If you are unsure, do not buy as yet (as it will eventually contribute to overcrowding of the immediate and far-off surroundings – when you need to dispose or donate -and  eventual pollution- if no one wants the items you purchased).

7)Advice for shopping can be found in :

websites, local lifestyle magazines (they are the fastest hacks to looking for advice on what you at least must minimally want/need/have), blogs, online focus groups ( Scandinavian, Japanese, frugalist, minimalist..you get the idea), newspaper ads or …the ‘community’ of acquaintances who have the best ideas to get the best bang for your buck! )

8)Final tip: unless you have paid help EVERYONE in the home must contribute to cleaning (homes , for now at least , do not clean themselves!)

-and if you want it very clean, you will need to get paid help

Bearing all the above in mind (including the tips from Homemaking Part I) , I hope you are at least inspired into thinking of how to start building, and then raising, a healthy and loving home.

All the best!

You got this:)

From your loving mum

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