First of all, welcome everybody. We hope that this is a pleasant and hope filled journey. Our desire is to share hope and joy to everybody who is willing to receive it. We will write about projects, ideas and share stories of hope so you may be encouraged in whatever situation you are in at this moment. Many of the things we will share are practical like fixing simple things in the house yourself instead of paying someone.
Why does everybody (maybe not literally everyone) love wooden floors instead of carpet? Well, there are probably countless answers to that but one thing that we strongly advocate is wood because it is much cleaner, easier to clean and it adds beauty to the house. Although we don’t see most of it but our carpets are filled with bacteria, dirt and other little critters. Sure, it feels amazing to walk on a soft carpet and it surely reduces the noise in the room and house. However, many of us don’t really take the time to keep up with the carpet like we should because we are busy and so we might vacuum clean it only a couple times a month. This is not enough to keep it really clean.
Since we work with elderly and people with disabilities, we know the amount of time that goes into what most people would consider “mundane” things like playing, talking and cleaning. Just in case you were wondering, we do not consider those things mundane, we are passionate about them and love spending time with people who generally have a much more sober look on life than people who are too busy to care about them.
Now, back to carpets. Did you know that it is much easier to clean a wood floor than a carpet? Yes, you say, everybody knows that. However, when someone spills on carpet it can be a disaster but if that same thing happens on a wooden floor you take a mop and boom… its clean. Another fun thing about wooden floors is that they can hide more dirt too, at least crumbs and things. When we work with a couple elderly people we don’t mind cleaning because most of them thought about spills and things already AND they lived through the great depression where having wood floors was much cheaper than carpet.
It is interesting to see how societies shift. Most of us think of having carpeted floors as a must. In Europe most people have wood floors. Why? Because of the reasons just mentioned. In wealthier circles it seems to be a trend to have great wooden floors in which sense it has nothing to do with wealth but with wants. Back to the original thought:
Carpet vs Wood:
The reason we advocate wood is not because wealthy people and Europeans have it but because in the overall spectra of things it seems to come out better than carpet. We simply can’t keep our carpets so clean that we can justify it over wood. However, if you like most of us own a home or rent then you probably have lots of carpeted floors. Don’t just tear ‘em out. It can be expensive to tear out carpet (unless you do it yourself) and make the floor underneath ready or install wooden floors. Don’t give up, just make sure you wash your carpet a couple times a year to get all the gunk and dirt out. Also, many of us have allergies that were born at home… in the carpet. Nasty, I know but that can be another incentive in the direction of bare wood.
For the elderly and disabled:
You are loved, thats what you should know above all else. There are people who love and care about you. Sadly, we can’t be everywhere to love on you and care for you but that is our goal. We want to make sure through our words and actions that we show you how much you are worth and that we love you. Worth does not come from the ability to produce but simply because you are a human being. The worth=production idea came with the industrial revolution and behind it simply lies the idea that we need to work hard and give the wealthy more wealth. Don’t get this wrong, we are not Robin Hood who steals from the wealthy. In fact we think that many wealthy are incredibly generous and great people. The point was to make sure you don’t believe that your lack of ability to “produce” affects how much you are worth. If you want to contact us don’t wait, click here.
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