Monday, October 31, 2011

Ordinary Days: 31 Days of a Happy Home: Sticking To Your Guns

Ordinary Days: 31 Days of a Happy Home: Sticking To Your Guns

'But when it comes to my home, there are some things that I just have to be firm about.

For instance, we are a Shoes Off At The Door household. I'm not asking to make anyone uncomfortable. It's a cleanliness thing for us. We have tons of little kids and we all pretty much live on our floor. I don't want pesticides, public bathroom gunk, dog poo and everything else that gets trampled through every day tracked into our house.

I've hung this sign at each entrance that kindly asks people to remove their shoes. And, even though it's not the most comfortable thing in the world for me to do, I ask them to please take off their shoes if they ignore the sign. Ugh, I hate that feeling. I wish they'd just take their shoes off so I wouldn't have to ask.'

16 comments:

Ian said...

A question i've always wondered about no shoe homes. The public bathroom thing. I can understand that yes but what happens when it comes to using the hosts own bathroom, are we to trust that her bathroom is free of germs and nasties especially with younger children likely not being on target? Would hosts allow for footwear to be worn within these areas as it seems unfair to make guests walk germs into socks to transfer back into shoes?

Strange I know but it is a concern of mines when visitingf others.

Matthew Celestis said...

Educated people keep their bathrooms clean.

Germs are more likely to get into bathrooms on shoes.

Moderate Mouse said...

Ian,

Regarding that issue you raised about hosts' bathrooms, it's my understanding that in Japan at least, that's where toilet slippers come in, right MC?

I grew up on the school of thought where, while it was one thing for those living in the home to have their shoes off, the assumption was that guests' shoes would maybe come off further into the visit or not at all. Even if the shoes off rule was something I was frequently exposed to, I don't think the bathroom thing would've occured to me personally. Just saying.

Matthew Celestis said...

Why would one worry about picking up germs on one's feet?

Your hands come into contact with germs all the time.

Unless you are going to suck your toes, a few germs on your feet is not going to be a problem.

Emma said...

Katrina,

Sorry about the delay in replying to your post last week.

I would love to know where you bought your slippers and your experiences of wearing them in work.

Ian said...

I rarely do worry about what germs are on my feet which is why i'm a shoes on person however this comes from holidays at my sisters house. Obviously most homes have toilets next to sinks, baths and showers. The flooring can get damp especially first thing in the morning and in all honesty even if that damp patch is innocent enough this is not something I want to stand in nor would I walk about in damp socks.

I think if I had another experience like that then my host and friends would hear all about it.

Why is it not okay for me to walk germs around someones house but it is perfectly okay for me to walk about on their own personal germs?

Toilet slippers are another reason that I don't envy japanese culture. I drip on them and the next person gets to use them. Not ideal.

Matthew Celestis said...

Because you are not going to be spending time on the floor. If your feet come into contact with germs that is no big deal.

But a child playing on the floor would be more likely to make hand to mouth contact with germs if they have been brought in by shoes.

Though as I have said before, germs aren't the main issue. Your shoes pick up stuff which is nastier than germs, such as lead or toxoplasmosis.

Amandaclured@yahoo.com said...

Just found this blog today, and wanted to join the discussion. I have a shoes off rule in my house. I can't believe there is an entire blog devoted to this subject.

I really like having a shoes off house and am glad to see that others are like me.

Matthew Celestis said...

Thankyou very much for visiting and leaving your comment.

Do you live in the USA?

Amandaclured@yahoo.com said...

I do live in the USA. I live in New England.

Matthew Celestis said...

It's very nice to hear from you.

Have responses to your shoes-off rule been positive?

Amandaclured@yahoo.com said...

Most people that visit my house are now conditioned to automatically leave their shoes in either the garage or on the front porch, based upon the way they enter the house. I would say that most people do not mind taking off their shoes when visiting. I have actually converted a friend from a shoes on house to a strict shoes off home.

Matthew Celestis said...

Great stuff.

If people are brave enough to start asking, they should find most people won't mind.

Amandaclured@yahoo.com said...

I find that to be true. A good portion of the people who visit my house automatically take off their shoes without any discussion needed. My kids and their friends seem to go without question, shoes off. There never has been an instance where any kid has complained over even questioned why we require shoe removal in our house.

Mary said...

I can't believe I've found this blog!! LOVE IT!!! I've maintained a shoes-off household since 1991. I firmly belive that one does not need filth and bacteria trampled through a clean home. When we have visitors, I find some of them get a little perturbed when asked to remove their shoes. I don't know why they should be uptight about it. Whenever we visit anybody else's home, we always ask, "Do you want our shoes off?" before entering their home. Some will even say yes, please.

Matthew Celestis said...

I'm very glad you like it. Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments.

Well done for your perserverance in maintaining a shoe-free home.