Mary slowly and methodically (meaning un-stressfully) emptied these two bookcases, decluttered the books, and painted the bookcases and mantle. Then she removed the rug (forever) and is getting a new sofa and chair. Actually it was buying the yet-to-be-delivered sofa that got all of this started. I took up my rugs a while back in my living room and I like the look.
In NYC and elsewhere, the lease says you have to have 40% of the floors covered with carpeting but since I'm on the first floor, with no one below me, I don't have to worry about it.