Thursday, August 05, 2010

My Arch Nemeses

Posted by Mandy at 5:49 AM
Few things in this world really make me angry. Few things can make me nearly come to tears on a daily basis. There is one thing, however, that succeeds in this quite often. What is this you ask?


Is it just me, or is carpet a mom's worst enemy? Sure, it's great when you have little tots learning to crawl or falling from learning to walk, but I'm fairly certain it isn't worth these tiny moments in life.

When we moved into this house, my request was "PLEASE, no carpet in the living room!" My dear husband, being more price conscious than I am, and also LOVING carpet himself, convinced me that carpet was the way to go.

"It's so much more comfortable!"

Yeah.. well... five years later, there ain't no way I'm laying on this mess!

Leaking sippy cups, spilled food (and always something like pizza or fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies), sick kids that couldn't hold down their stomach contents to make it to the bathroom, and one very determined baby-of-the-family have managed to make me hate my enemy that much more.

I don't know if you're aware, but the carpet people that convince you to spend an arm and a leg more to buy "this carpet with the 25-year Dupont Master Stain warranty" are liars. All of them. Big. Fat. Get a thrill from knowing you'll be spot cleaning more often than changing diapers - LIARS.

The worst messes on this carpet have included spilled candle wax, an entire container of ranch dressing AND the pizza in which it was cohabitating, PERMANENT marker (and yes... it is really permanent), full glasses of Coke, and lots, and lots of big, muddy footprints. (thanks to a German Shepherd that knows how to open the front door and let herself in if we forget to lock her out.)

At this point, it seems too expensive to now put in hardwood floors... but, perhaps I could just pull the carpet up myself and enjoy gray concrete. It would probably cut down on our cooling expenses in the summer, and, it must be a lot easier to upkeep than this. Surely I could just find some matching pillows for the couch and call it good.

Is there anything in your house that daily makes you NUTS? (not including your husband)


Reagan on Thursday, 05 August, 2010 said...

When I was pregnant with Madisen my old couch just creeped me out. It had pet hair woven into it and was stained ... I was so sick (hormones) that I would actually gag when I sat on it. Needless to say, we bought leather!

I love hardwood and carpet but I'm a carpet nut! I vacuum daily (using fabric softener to make it smell good, of course), steam it myself monthly, and use Spot Shot like it's my religion.

What I can't stand at my house are: baseboards and my dryer's lint trap (you can never get either totally clean!) Ug.

Anonymous said...

I despise carpet as well.I bought a cleaner but unless I do that everyday,its really no use.

I have also grown to hate my couch.

Rachel on Thursday, 05 August, 2010 said...

How cute! I love how your dog just totally didn't mind being swaddled and cuddled so closely! Precious

varunner on Friday, 06 August, 2010 said...

We have wood floors, but they do have their drawbacks. You have to vacuum AND mop them if you want them to look decent. I still prefer them to carpet - but they are much more high maintenance than I expected.

I came to visit through Blog Frog :-)

Ann on Saturday, 07 August, 2010 said...

I hate carpet, too! I did see something recently that I would LOVE to try if I ever had my own house again. It was a paper bag floor! They took brown paper, scrunched it, and then pressed it flat. They then put glue - not fancy glue, just something like Elmer's! - on the bottom of the pieces of paper (or on the floor, I think both worked) and pressed the paper onto the floor. Working in segments, they covered the whole floor. Then they covered that with a couple of coats of polyurethane. The folds of the scrunched paper made the floor look textured, and a little extra glue in a few spots here and there made some of the paper look darker than others for color variation. It looked AWESOME!

Mike and Katie on Saturday, 07 August, 2010 said...

My six month old is the spittiest baby ever! It seems pointless to shampoo the carpets while she's still spewing but there are little white spots every where.

I didn't like the laminate floors we had in our other house though because it was more noticable when the weren't clean. Hmm. I wonder about other options.

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