Friday, August 19, 2011

Tip Junkie: Remove The Shoes! {10 Creative Signs For Guests}


Tip Junkie: Remove The Shoes! {10 Creative Signs For Guests}

'Looking for some really creative ways to ask your guess to “remove the shoes!” I was asked over on the Tip Junkie Facebook page by Noralyn if, “I had any ideas for a sign that politely or comically request that my house guest remove their shoes at her front door.”

Asking guests to Take Off Shoes can be easier than you think with these fun ideas.'

26 comments:

Patricia Little said...

I have never had a problem asking people not to smoke in my home, but only recently began asking them to remove their shoes. I'm still navigating the best way to do this. Perhaps if I left MY shoes outside they'd get the hint?

Anyway, I was just about to post on my own blog about this when I discovered yours. Thanks for being out there!

Sandro said...

Patricia, it's very nice that you have a shoes-off policy. I think few pairs of your shoes left where you usually take them off either outside or inside right by the door + your stockinged feet as you are answering the door would make a perfect hint.

Matthew Celestis said...

Well done, Patricia. Having a shoes-off policy makes a lot of sense.

A lot of people will take the hint, but not everybody. You will need to be prepared to ask some people, but if you are confident asking people not to smoke, it should not be a problem.

Anonymous said...

I think this has been mentioned before, but i have just heard that my daughter's school is bringing in a shoes off policy for both pupils and staff inthe new school year.

Matthew Celestis said...

That is excellent. Thanks for sharing.

Will the pupils be required to wear slippers or indoor footwear do you know?

Rachel said...

Yes - they will be required to wear either plimsolls or slippers in the school buildings. I think thisd is because of health and safety.

Matthew Celestis said...

It's interesting how they don't worry about that in Finland, where pupils are in their socks. I don't think our European neighbours worry so much about health and safety as we do.

Rachel said...

Agreed - but at least it's a step in the right direction.

Slippers or plimsols are better than shoes.

Matthew Celestis said...

Definitely.

I do hope the teachers go for slippers and not just change into indoor dress shoes that will cause almost as much wear and tear.

Rachel said...

Yes - it applies to teachers as well.

Not sure whether you will agree with this, but I feel it is a good habit for my daighter to develop for the future.

Matthew Celestis said...

Given the nature of this blog, I would have thought it obvious that I agree with that!

Rachel said...

Yes - TBH I just wear them to get from A to B otherwise go in socks or stockinged feet.

Moderate Mouse said...

If we're going to talk creative signs, how about something like "What happens outside this house stays outside this house. (Please remove your shoes.)" I don't know if you all would word that differently or drop the parentheses, but I just thought I'd throw that idea out there.

Matthew Celestis said...

Good idea.

Sneakerman said...

Is this school in the uk? I must say that I wholeheartedly disagree with the stance of that school and tbh it is wholly unworkable. Does this apply to janitor and support staff who move heavy objects around the school? What happens if someone moves from a chair lifting the leg and setting it down upon some child's foot? How in earth would any respect be given to a teacher in pink bunny slippers on horrible brown argyle socks?

Health and safety exists because as a nation we are encouraged to sue each other. Shoes provide support and more importantly safety. Slippers do not. Work and school is not a place to go and relax. Shoes off - slippers on should be a private, intimate and homely thing to do.

Sorry but that one I can't agree with. :)

Ian

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

I suggest you don't go looking for jobs in the Far East, Sneakerman.

Sandro said...

Does it mean that all Finland school students have their feet injured? )

Sneakerman said...

I bet students in Finland suffer more foot related injuries than uk students with policies like that. Seriously, I seen a job advertised in a London architects and it said they leave their shoes at the door. I was horrified. My employers are Japanese and they do not make such demands either upon us in Scotland or upon their own staff in Nagasaki.

I'd walk straight out of an interview if that was brought up as a rule. lol

Ian

Matthew Celestis said...

It's not always the case in Japan, but it's quite common for office workers to be required to change into slippers or at least indoor shoes.

Ian, I think it's a bit of a shame that you would make such a fuss about something so small.

Sneakerman said...

I know, it is kinda shocking and I don't know why but the thought of removing footwear in front of a large amount of folks just terrifies me. Removing my shoes in my own house is one thing and this is fine, doing it in a friends with others there is kinda embarassing but in say like a school or work enviroment would be my idea of torture.

Also speaking to a japanese technition it would appear that yes, this is done in office areas but not the factory floor. They even have a 2nd pair of indoor footwear that they will change into for bathroom breaks and this is apparently common in restaurants etc.

Doing this in front of strangers actually frightens me somewhat, I know it is sad but I feel that my shoes are a part of who I am. They represent my style and they give me confidence when i'm with other people. I can't understand it. I hope that my interest in the subject and learning about other folks will help provide answers. (I'm not trying to troll. lol):)

Ian

Matthew Celestis said...

It's an irrational anxiety that you need to work through. The fact is there are lots of situations in life where you are going to have your shoes off. You need to deal with it.

Sandro said...

Ian, what about a shoe store or a beach?

Sneakerman said...

I like walking on beaches barefoot, the wet part next to the waves feels good when you sink slightly into it. Sunbathing can only be done barefoot as it is just too hot. Lots of things I'd do barefoot, being on a beach is by far the most public place and so yes I see your point. How can there be any fear if everyone is exactly the same. Even still, some places of business shouldn't be too informal. The nurses at my local hospital when I was in all had a change of shoes, I know certain places are a must and the reasons are clear but in my opinion slippers just aren't appropriate footwear outside the home. :)

Sandro said...

I see your point, Ian.
Of course, some public places are designed in a way requiring shoes worn. Yet it doesn't mean they shouldn't have been designed otherwise.
An office is actually a second home) you know some offices are so cozy (thick carpets you know) that shoes off would be more appropriate )

RS GP said...

Lots of things I'd do barefoot, being on a beach is by far the most public place and so yes I see your point. How can there be any fear if everyone is exactly the same. Even still, some places of business shouldn't be too informal. The nurses at my local hospital when I was in all had a change of shoes

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Ian, I think it's a bit of a shame that you would make such a fuss about something so small.

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