We finally quit caring about that imaginary person that may or may not buy our house at some unknown time in the distant future. I think we let that person influence our decisions way too much. Of course it's important to consider the value of your house when doing anything to it. We don't want to devalue our house for a lot of reasons, but we also want it to be OUR house. So we quit caring about that cheap carpet in the craft room and when the kids get paint on it it's no big deal. We pulled the carpet out of the living room and now it doesn't really matter a whole lot what happens to that old wood floor. If and when we redo it there is nothing that can be spilled that will survive the amount of sanding we'll have to do anyway (except maybe a can of stain....) And if we choose not to redo the wood floor, we'll just cover it all anyway. So in other words: we really lightened up about our house. Hey, it's for living in right? So to set the new tone we started a big mural right in our living room. It's going to be a four season field guide. One wall for each season. It includes below and above water and ground. So we'll have hibernating critters, swimming fish, flying birds, burrowing snakes, worms, soil and rock layers, roots, and lots of plants. We'll keep you updated on the progress.