We had lived in our starter home for 6 years now and our carpet took a beating. Raising 3 toddlers, it was no surprise that there would be some accidents. There always are. There have been food, paint and potty accidents that I was less than thrilled about. I have always felt bad about it though. I'm not incredibly strict about keeping things spotless. I know moms who are neat freaks and it just doesn't suit me well but it bother's my husband quite a bit to see a stain that has been not cleaned up. So after 6 years we were in desperate need of replacing our flooring. We were unsure if we would though because of our plans to move at the beginning of 2010.
That still hasn't worked out for us yet and so I thought sure it's going to cost a good chunk of money but we are going to feel so much better to look into our house and take some pride in ownership because of how nice it looks. I took the plunge and ordered new carpet and vinyl for the bathrooms and I couldn't be more pleased. It feels so fresh and new in here. I even did a huge change with the furniture, taking out many large pieces that were of the shabby chic nature because my tastes are changing a bit to a darker feel. I will be repainting early next year and the whole replacement of the carpet gave me the motivation to condence my craft room so that I would be able to give my son his own room. of course he has to share his room with my sewing machine table but still I'm glad he has a place to get away from mom and his sisters if he needs some time.
It's going to take a while to save up for all of the necessary items to get the house to where I'd like it. I have a full page wish list of things I'd like for our home eventually. But we're a young family. We'll get there. For now, I find it extremely helpful to write down a list of things I'm grateful for each day. It's a gratitude journal with the date at the top of the page and a list of blessings I found in my day. I will be making a series of these for my Etsy shop and I'll get into more detail on them then :)
All of the furniture moved outside on the porch