Have you all heard of Material World? Created in 1994 in honor of the United Nations Year of the Family, it is an amazing pictorial journey all over the world, where people in various countries bring every single possession they own out in front of their house and pose for a picture. From country to country, it is pretty shocking how much difference there is in the amount of "stuff" people think they need to survive. Pretty fascinating stuff, actually. Our standards of living certainly do vary.
Indian people-- Tell me that entire family doesn't have to share that bed? Whew, that looks like another bed propped up on the side of the house. Two beds for six people.
The Reed family in Salinas, CA--
Well, I wasn't about to have it out in front of the house. But here you see the furniture from half my house, at least. All the rest of it is still out in the garage. This weekend the task was to move all the furniture off the carpeted areas so that new carpet can be installed bright and early Monday morning.
Notice the canvas drop cloths? We were not keen on taking a chance of getting a scratch on those new floors. The carpet installers offered to move the furniture, but we didn't trust them to be as careful as we would be ourselves.
Just what am I supposed to do with myself while all this carpeting is going on? Every inch of wood floor is occupied with stuff from other rooms, and I have to stay out of the way of the carpet installers. My husband set up my sewing table in the kitchen, but it feels weird. My little sewing island, surrounded by detritus from everywhere else in the house.
Before all hell broke loose, I did get the borders on my Grown Up Madeline. She ended up being just over 70 inches square, just what I wanted.