I'm probably a good one to put in a bit on this topic. We started EC at 2 mo but didn't start going nakey butt until about a year, and that's just about when the infamous "potty strike" began
)basically when bbes are newly mobile, working on lots of developmental stuff and are too busy for sitting on the pot, in cultures where EC is the norm, they jsut go on the dirt/tile floor, no biggie, but it's upsetting for us westerners with our wall-to-wall carpet)
I have to say, there were days when the messes made me nuts and I did have a limit of 3 misses and the pants/dipes go back on, to same me from getting all uptight and upset about it. I can say I can't recall many messes on the furniture (he peed on the couch maybe twice in a 1 year period), and he almost always told me either as he was going or right after. The other thing is that it is rare for an ECed child to hide when they are going, so the messes are right in front of you
The truth is, in hindsight, it wasn't all that bad and our carpet now is SO much worse from general toddler crud, spills, dirt tracks, "cooking" experiments, etc than it ever was during those days of early ECing.
Hope that shed a little light