Etiquette vs. Enough

I have a confession. I am addicted to Pottery Barn. In fact, my husband just chunks the magazines when he checks the mail now. I had longed for all things Pottery Barn when I was younger. My mom was very practical and wasn’t into “cutesy.” She was into functional. She has never once cared about brands, and this is an area I wish I shared with her more.

Before school started this year, I really struggled with wanting my daughter (who is soooo similar to my mom) to want a Pottery Barn backpack. But not just that. I wanted her to want the whole set. What did she want, though? The same backpack she had last year (it’s glittery and Frozen) and a lunchbag from Target. Nothing matched. She didn’t care.

I sometimes buy into the lie that I ask all of you to avoid – that certain brands are better than others; that etiquette costs money. None of that is true. Etiquette is about respect. It’s not about Pottery Barn.

One year I’m sure she’ll want a certain backpack, but it may just be from Walmart or Target. I came to realize that the values I had myself were ones I want her to avoid. What you have does not make you any better of a person. How you treat others, though, does.

Today, though, I’m thankful she’s confident enough in who she is to pick out what she truly likes and go with it. It is enough. 🙂

Which Way The Sheets Go

My goodness. It would be wonderful if I have realized earlier this week that my scheduled posts did not, in fact, post. Oh well, kiddos are down for the night, so I *think* I have it sorted now. I apologize for the delay!

Hi, everyone!! I hope, if you’re local, you’re enjoying the etiquette snippets on KSST. I’m enjoying making them.

We have recently had a couple of ladies clean our home for us. While I know that nothing will ever been the way I do it, I’m just so happy to not be the one doing it. We previously had a lady who cleaned our home, but she moved away. This was someone who was like family to us. I grew up with her cleaning my parents’ home. While we were very happy for her and her family, I also wasn’t eager to allow just anyone into our humble abode.

Through the recommendation of a friend, we found someone wonderful who does a great job. She also now clean my parents’ home. Truly the only quirk I’ve noticed is that when making the beds, she puts the pattern face up. Now, this is truly minor, but I thought it would be a good opportunity for the etiquette of bed making for those who may also not know.

When you are making a bed, the pattern on the top sheet should be placed down, toward the mattress (bottom or fitted sheet). Why? It is so that they the covers are turned down, the pattern is seen. Otherwise, the blank side would be seen. What about white sheets? The seam should be seen on top when initially making the bed. Again, the finished edges will be shown once the sheets are turned down.

Pottery Barn does the best job, in my experience, of encouraging this practice. Some lesser quality sheets we’ve gotten from Target end up with the pattern upside down when implemented this way.

So, questions for the day: Did you already know this etiquette guidance? Do you go by it?

Thank you for reading!