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Flip Book – New Carpet Dance

7 May

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Tips for Surviving New Carpet

4 May

If you are moving or are getting new carpet or have another life change wherein all your worldly belongings must be shoved aside for a day or so, I have some tips that might help you with the transition.

Ye Olde Stoveside Changing Station

1. I set up a changing station in the kitchen that I could access by entering the house through the garage and then into the kitchen, but just incase I also had a diaper bag packed and ready to go. If I had to I could have changed her in the trunk of my car.

2. Think about the essential items you’ll need immediate access to during this project: a sweater if things get suddenly chilly, prescription meds, keys, phone chargers, laptop, snacks and a change of clothes for your kid.

"Sorry! Occupied!"

3. Call your friends and ask if you can use their bathrooms in advance. We planned on keeping at least one of ours open but the carpet installers didn’t know this and had other ideas.

4. Plan out how and where your kid is going to nap through this. She could have always skipped her nap but dealing with an insane toddler while putting our house back together is pretty low on my life list. It’s tied with “getting to know Fire Ants up close and personal.” Isobel ended up falling asleep during the car ride back from Grandma’s. I called Anthony who got the bed  ready to go. She slept outside for an hour and a half, which is a successful nap in my book. The only problem was the wind. It wasn’t cold but it was touching her and that sent her into a mini, rage-filled hate spiral before she passed out again.

5. Realize things are going to be a crazy mess and that’s okay. By the end of the day our carpet guy was like, “Do you guys have a calculator handy?” It took some measure of self control to not be all, “Does it look like I have anything handy?” Prioritize the things you really do need an let go of the rest.

6. We have an extensive home library collection. It consists of four tall Billy Ikea bookshelves against one wall, and a shelf devoted to D&D books on another. Each shelf has a unique arrangement depending on what it stores, and considering I have devoted a huge chunk of time organizing it loosely based on the DDS, I wanted to preserve that work. Honestly the thought of taking it all down and packing it away in boxes made me slightly unstable. Too keep things organized I numbered the shelves 1-4 & D&D. I packed up the books in order of the shelves and I labled each box according to their context, like so: Shelf 2, Row 3. To keep track of which shelf went where I taped a note to the immovable shelf noting its particular number. Although we removed the indivdual shelves, the pegs stayed in place so theoretically things should go back in order realtively easy. If you think manual labor is easy, that is. I do not, but that’s neither here nor there. The important thing is that organization is preserved.

Justin and Jake, who helped us throughout this ordeal.

7. Purge what you can. I took a fully stuffed car with me to Goodwill while packing our house up. I’m good at decluttering and I still had a mountain of donations to drop off. Other, more patient people might consider a yard sale, but I did not want to find a spot for all of this crap, and I’m notoriously bad at yard sales. I mean, I’m good at going to them, but let’s just say the Goodwill people recognize my car when I pull up to the donation area and their eyes turn into dollar signs when I give them sacks full of stuff.

8. We locked our cats in the garage until the carpet men left. They are insanely curious and would have gotten into as much trouble as they could manage. They did sneak out on a couple of occasions, but over all the plan went well: their food and litter box is already in the garage, and the weather was mild enough that I didn’t have to worry about them overheating. They did meow pitifully the entire day, which was annoying, and when we went to let them out after it was all said and done they were not interested in leaving. Cats, yo. They’re nuts.

Has anyone out there gone through something similar? Have any tips to share? I’d love to hear them.

Wonderful Carpet

3 May

With our new carpet in and our house somewhat back to normal, I can say unequivocably that we love it. Love it. Words can’t describe how much we love it, except after it was put in Isobel danced around the livingroom and ran through the house singing, “Wonderful carpet! Wonderful carpet!” That was how I felt, too except for running around the house I simply luxuriated in the feeling of standing on the plush carpet with my poor, arthritic joints.

Our old carpet was original to the house, meaning it was from 1987. That’s the same year, incidentally, our friend Caleb was born. Fortuantely for him, Cay’s in a lot better shape.

Old carpet, or OC, was gray. We’re hoping. I guess it could have been off white or some thing at one point, but seeing as how this is what it looked like when we had it replaced, I’m hoping it was gray. After they pulled it out and tossed it on our drive way it looked slightly lavender in the morning sunlight. But not in a good way. The kind of lavender you might find in the fridge inside a container yogurt you forgot about. I was worried our flooring was gaining sentience.

 The worst part of our old carpet, besides the horrible stains that pitted and riddled its entire surface, was a patch right next to the kitchen in a spot that you might want to walk on 50 thousand times a day. It was so badly deteriorated that a row of sharp, horrible nails was exposed. We lived with them like that  for the first five years. Only after Isobel gained mobility did we have the ghetto classy brilliant idea of covering the nails with duct-tape, the homeowner’s cure-all.

Years of living in this house had trained Anthony and I to lift our foot rapidly at the first hint of  putting pressure on the nails. Our friends lacked this conditioning and sadly several of them felt the wrath of OC. Especially Danny for some reason. He managed to step on those nails every damn time he came over. Poor Danny. You can see the horridness of Old Carpet if you can look beyond the cuteness in the middle. Stains, wear, and general nastiness prevailed througout the house.

 

There were some especially bad stains in the library. When we moved the vintage desk in dirt came off it in chunks, adding to the problem.

 I really wish this photo showed off our nasty 80s tile. We were getting rid of that, too.

Oh, you can see the tile in this one.

When it came time to choose a new carpet color, I thought we’d go the safe route and choose something that’s not only neutral, but will hide stains well. So I made a list, from least to most, of things most often spilled that would stain the carpet:

5. Coke

4. Water

3. Pachas

2. Beer

1. Cat Vomit

Although our biggest probelm is with cat vomit, that isn’t exactly our favorite color. Sorry cats! Instead we went with “ale.”

Naturally we had to move everything off the carpeted areas of our house to replace the carpet, so all of our furniture and  other crap precious items had to be stored in our kitchen, garage, and patio. All of the boxes you see in the garage are books from our shelves and the clear tubs are all Etsy shop items.

Here’s the end result. Isobel’s running on the soft, smooth carpet. Not pictured: Zorro dancing with glee, Anthony and I chest bumping with joy, doves crying. 

Ale. You gorgeous carpet, you. And look at that laminate! So much better than the tile, and it matches the flooring in the kitchen (which you can see from the front door.)

 Besides the laminate, the best part is the hallway. I can’t really describe it but the beauty of this hallway. It is just so luxurious to wake up and see this.

Wonderful carpet.