Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Make a New Years Resolution

Are you going to make a New Year's resolution? You may have some ideas already, perhaps to lose weight or to quit smoking. Perhaps you want to be more cultured and plan on listening to Wagner's Ring cycle.

One resolution you could make is to stop wearing shoes in your house and to ask family and friends to do the same.

Adopting a shoes-off rule might not be a great moral transformation, but it is a simple thing that will have a definite practical benefit.

Perhaps tomorrow you will be hosting a New Year's Eve party and the guests will damage the floor in their spike heels. Personally, I would recommend you to ask for shoes-off, but perhaps seeing the damage on New Years' day will add force to your resolution to go shoes-free.

If you adopt this resolution, your carpet will last longer and you can spend less money on carpet cleaning.

Perhaps you are expecting to have a baby in the next year. If so, having a shoes-off policy will create a safer and healthier environment for your family.

Life is full of small and simple decisions and this is one decision that could improve the quality of your life. Make that resolution.


richyrich said...

As you know I've already got a shoes off policy myself but I'll try and be more assertive about it to visitors and will also make a greater effort to argue in its favour whenever I get the opportunity to do so (for instance when the topic does arise in conversations some examples of which I've documented here). I will keep you posted about all interesting events associated with it in my life.

Celestial Fundy said...

Thanks, Rich.

richyrich said...

Have you seen this link?

Celestial Fundy said...

Yes, I have. Thankyou.

Anonymous said...

When I decided to re-decorate my flat I also decided when it was done my house would be a "shoes off" zone.
I even went shopping for carpets and rugs that would be nice to walk in in stocking feet.
But I got really nervous just before the first visitors were due to arrive because I felt I'd be just too embarrassed to ask them to take their shoes off.
Instead, what happened was the first person in the group took one step inside my front door, looked at my hall carpet, and said to the others, "shoes off, everyone" and they all removed their shoes without complaint.
My carpets have been down a month and so far I haven't had to ask anyone. Everyone's almost instant reaction on seeing the inside of my flat has been, "I'd better take off my shoes".

Celestial Fundy said...

Thanks for sharing that.

It is good when people remove their shoes without being asked, but there are some people who need a bit more training.

If somebody does not remove their shoes, don't be afraid to ask them nicely.

Elain Smith said...

Sounds like a very good new years resolution to me

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