DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: I honestly cannot remember a time when my mother did not cover the living room furniture. When I was really little, she used old sheets, and as we got older, she started buying those fitted coverings, which may look better, but are still obviously coverings. It isn’t like she and my dad buy cheap furniture, but it makes it look like it is.
My parents are comfortable financially, still both working, and able to have a home that looks like it belongs to people who have worked hard to make a comfortable life for themselves. Why on earth does my mother insist on keeping the living room looking like a low rent apartment house? I’ve asked her and she just shrugs. The weird thing is that she does not cover the furniture in the family room, where both my teenage brother, his friends, and my oldest sister with two preschoolers hang out. You would think that would be where the covers should go. --- WHY THE LIVING ROOM COVERS?
DEAR WHY THE LIVING ROOM COVERS?: Growing up in a house where the living room was the center of our home and in constant use, I remember thinking it strange when I visited friends’ houses where the kids were forbidden from entering the formal living room. Once I became a parent, though, I began to understand the concept of an adults-only haven, where nice things could be kept nice.
It’s possible your mom feels the need to have such a sanctuary, especially if there are teenagers and very young children still in the picture. Nothing you mentioned leads me to believe no one is allowed to use the living room, just that your mother wants to keep her higher-end furniture in good condition. I can’t fault her for that, and perhaps you shouldn’t either.