Day 27: Time to finish that project

In a previous post I had mentioned that we got new carpeting.  We got the carpet about 2 months ago.  It was a pretty big project.  The living room, stairs, and all of the bedrooms were carpeted.  Everyone had the responsibility of completely emptying their room.  Everything needed to go into the basement.  The only thing allowed in the bedrooms was the big furniture; bed, dresser, and desk.  The living room items were pushed into the kitchen/dining area. After living in our home for 20 years we have accumulated lots of stuff.  The basement was full and the kitchen/dining area had just enough space for me to sit at the table and wait for the installers to arrive.

They arrived within the 2 hour window.  Closer to the beginning of the window than the end.  Things were starting out well.  I kept out of the way.  I had my seat at the table and a puzzle to keep me busy.  As I was sitting there I had not expected to see padding and carpet falling from the sky, well from my bedroom window.  It is easier and more efficient to chuck it out the window than having to make many trips up and down the stairs.  Ok, I can live with that.  Things are moving along nicely.  All of the old stuff is on my lawn and the new stuff is being installed.   There’s constant activity; furniture being moved, carpeting being cut and pounded into place.  As I look up from my puzzle I see that it is lunch time and I’m getting hungry.  Now, I made myself a nice little spot at the table, but I left room for nothing else.  Both the fridge and pantry are blocked.  As I continue to look at the clock I realize that it’s my daughter’s off-campus day for lunch.  I’m crossing my fingers hoping that she will have enough time to bring some lunch home and get back to school for her afternoon classes.  As I’m about to dial her number she texts to ask if there is anything I need….oh yes there sure is.  She brings home some Chipotle and now I’m sure I can make it the rest of the day.  It turns out the rest of the day only turns out to be about 3 more hours.  These workers were fantastic!  They got everything complete within about 6 hours time.  I thought it would take much longer.  This was a nice surprise.  My husband arrived home just as they finished and we did a quick inspection.  Everything was perfect and I love it.  The kids’ rooms have not been this clean since the day we moved it.

Over the past 2 months I have been reluctant to move things back into the bedrooms.  I’m enjoying the clean rooms very much.  The necessities get moved back in first.  This is ok because the rooms still look so good.  I tell the kids not to just pile everything back in.  Throw things away.  If they haven’t used things since they were 5 then get rid of it.  They have been pretty good with this task.  Now it’s my turn.  If I haven’t used it since I was 5 I will get rid of it.

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7 thoughts on “Day 27: Time to finish that project

  1. This was a clever slice that made me smile. How I know so well the job of emptying the rooms. “Stuff” does breed as the years go by. Good for you for getting rid of things you haven’t used in a while. I LOVE the last line, “If I haven’t used it since I was 5 I will get rid of it.” I laughed right out loud. Thanks!

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  2. This is priceless for the plain truths in it. I love the idea of throwing out things not used since the kids – and you! – were five. I think one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to de-clutter and simplify our lives. Easier said than done … good thing the new carpet came along and invited you to do so! I also love the image of carpet sailing out of windows and that your daughter brought supper. The warmth of your family shines through even as you endure this transition (and I’m glad it went so much faster than you expected!).

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  3. Nothing like a good project for over Spring Break! I’ve been packing up as we get ready to move and purging so much. It feels so good, doesn’t it?

    By the way, I love the image of the carpet and padding flying out the window! Such a great visual!

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