After almost 30 years we are finally replacing the carpeting in the main part of our townhouse. The contract is signed and within the month, we will see this carpet ripped out and carried out the door.
Yes, this carpeting is 29 years old in July of this year. It is the original carpeting that the builder put in and it was the best thing we chose when we selected options for our new town home those many years ago.
Many vendors who have passed down this hallway (carpet installers and professional carpet steam cleaners) have told us this is excellent carpeting ... that you can't buy this quality carpet today no matter how expensive you go because carpet manufacturers don't want you to have carpet that lasts 30+ years!! Planned obsolesces, they call it.
It is silly, but I get attached to "things" - things that have served me well and that I have owned and used for a long time. And this stupid carpet is one of those "things." I didn't shed any tears when we replaced the xyz things (refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, front door, glass door sliders, storm door, washer/dryer, water heater, roofing, deck, bathroom flooring, toilets, bathroom sinks, furniture ... it is an extensive list ), but for some crazy reason, pulling the carpet out makes me a little sad.
But everything wears out and this carpet is ready to go to "carpet heaven." After all, it has been walked on, run on, spilled on, peed on, vomited on - you name it ... it has happened. Even red wine. It all came out - there is not one visable stain or wear path, but I can't get it really clean any more ... down below the rug surface into the pad where it really counts, and on humid days ... well, you get the idea.
The replacement?? ... No more rug for us. Hard wood floors! And it will be a dirty, noisy, intrusive job for about 2 days. Upstairs hall way, two and half flights of stairs and the first floor area - all hard wood. No more hidden areas I can't clean.
And when they complete the flooring job, we are contracting to paint about 60% of the interior of the townhouse. So the *#@%$ "fun" will just continue. But it has been almost 20 years since we painted and that is also long over due too. May as well get all the pain out of the way at one time!
I feel pressured to move forward with these jobs ... they are well passed due by many years and I now have this window of time without a mom-related emergency. Really, for the last 7 or 8 years I stalled at doing anything ... couldn't handle "just one more thing, don't want to disturb mom, too tied up with her assisted living care, need to focus on nursing home transition, etc. etc. etc."
But now the environment of my house is causing me stress and it is a problem I can do something about.
All I need to do is write the check!
Oh, yes, the check! There is another stressor! These folks don't work for free. But no matter. It has to be done.
We are doing it this summer!
And I will be joyful at the end! :-)