Make a place in your home where you would be ok if some paint needed to be cleaned up. Sharon would encourage you to use common sense and not oil paint on the new carpet. It often works well to have a drop cloth placed beneath the work area. Most projects should be put away after every session of work. In her art studio the students put away their projects until they return the following week. Make a habit of cleaning up after working on the project. This is a good life lesson that each one of us will benefit from learning.