Sunday, January 12, 2014

Lifestyles Of The Stay-at-home Mom: 'Please Remove Shoes' - Vintage Sign & Tutorial

Lifestyle Of The Stay-at-home Mom: 'Please Remove Shoes' - Vintage Sign & Tutorial


'As some of you may already know, I run a daycare but I also run a clean home. For either reason, it's kidlet centered and if my kidlets are living on the floor, it should be a clean down there. For that reason, I hang a sign right at my front door letting all that enter know, your shoes need to be removed if you would like to venture past the front mat.'

A tutorial on how to make a cool shoes-off sign.

40 comments:

Mark said...

We have a simple but tasteful sign hung by the kitchen door that says "Please remove your shoes." Most people here do it automatically when they come in. We have created a space by the door, with a bench, where everyone can sit and comfortably remove their shoes.Many have actually commented how welcoming it actually is.

Bob said...

Mark, like yourself we have a shoe free home. We do have a bench in the foyer where people can sit to remove their shoes if necessary. There is sufficient space under the bench for shoes to be placed so they are not left in a heap by the door.
We do not have a sign requesting shoes off. Our friends know the rule and automatically comply. For first time visitors we casually mention it when we invite them or politely ask them when they arrive. It was only a problem once when a sales woman refused. She was politely denied entry.

Mark said...

Hi Bob
I am having BT Infinity fitted this week and a BT engineer will need to visit. It will be interesting what he does with his shoes. He will need to walk on the carpets so I will expect to either take off his shoes or wear shoe covers.
I have had workmen in the house recently and they took their shoes off without hesitation.

Bob said...

Hi Mark, Tradesmen here always have shoe covers. The exception is the company that services our heating and air conditioning. They instruct their workers to remove their shoes. I always tell them that they must wear their shoes when they are in the attic.
In your region of the UK you state that it is commonplace for visitors to bring slippers. In my part of the US other than two of my wife's friends everyone just goes shoeless

Mark said...

Yes most people here wear slippers. Its extremely cold here at present. And i suspect its a very English thing to wear slippers. Most people are just brought up to wear them.

Elain Smith said...

Well, I have posted this before but it is VERY effective.
"As you can see,we try to keep our floors clean and neat,we ask you give them a little treat, walk on them in your stockinged feet" Thank you

Mark said...

Thats fine Elaine in a temperate climate. But what does one do when the temperature is hovering around freezing? Unless you have underfoor heating then wearing just socks in the house won't keep your feet warm.

Elain Smith said...

lol well mark I live in Canada where the temps drop down at times to -50 and stockinged feet work well, around freezing is no really all that cold at all.

Mark said...

What about your visitors Elaine? Do they just wear socks in the house. You must keep your house very warm to be able to go around in such extreme weather conditions in just socks or bare feet.

Mark said...

I have actually been doing a lot of work in the community for my business. I have been distributing leaflets and meeting some people.There are some lovely house where I live and in surrounding towns/villages. I don't think I came across a house that wasn't a shoes off the door place.I could see that there were shoes by the door and where house had an entrance porch, there were racks of shoes. The majority of homes had very light and expensive carpets which were all in pristine condition. I know from experience that you have to be very strict about shoes coming off when you have this type of flooring. The area in very muddy at present and many homes actually had shoes left outside the house. Thankfully we are in a low crime area. I suspect that in the neighbouring big cities that these shoes would quickly disappear if left outside!

Bob said...

Mark I don't mean to be disrespectful, but in the US and perhaps Canada as well homes are kept warmer, generally 70 or 72 degrees, then in the UK so being shoeless is not a problem.
Also leaving shoes/boots outside would make them awfully cold to put on when you leave. We have a foyer where shoes/boots can be left without damaging the floors.
Hopefully Elain can let us know if this is the same in Canada

Anonymous said...

It is tacky to walk around someone else's house in just socks or, even worse, bare feet. Slippers need to be supplied for the visitors!

Matthew Celestis said...

Anon, thanks for sharing your opinion. You think it is tacky, most of the people commenting here think it is not.

Matthew Celestis said...

Homes in the UK are very warm compared to Japan. Despite the cold winters, nearly all homes lack central heating and rely on paraffin stoves.

Anonymous said...

Actually even in Japan they supply slippers. Making your guests go in socks or bare feet is absolutely poor taste. If you must request shoe removal, it is your duty to supply alternative footwear.

Matthew Celestis said...

Yes, most Japanese homes will offer slippers. But it is considered polite to remove the slippers before stepping on to tatami (or carpet in more modern homes).

Conversations I have had with people indicate most British people would not want to borrow slippers from an host.

Borrowing slippers might be normal in Russia or Japan, but my experience tells me British people would find that weirder than walking in socks or bare feet (which a lot of British people will do without being asked).

I do not know what country you come from, but your sense of etiquette is not universally shared.

Anonymous said...

Not wearing any kind of footwear indoors is also extremely unsanitary - it spreads fungus. Just ask any podiatrist.

It is a good idea to warn your guests about your shoe policy ahead of time do that they can bring their indoor shoes to wear in your house.

Elain Smith said...

yes our homes are very well insulated they have to be and most Canadians do not wear indoor shoes everyone is in stockinged feet and stockinged feet look very nice as long as you dont have holes in your tights lol

Mark said...

The BT engineer came on Thursday to fit Infinity and he took his shoes off without being asked. Good for BT

Sandro said...

Walking in stockinged feet indoors seems the most logical and, therefore, aesthetically appropriate. Of course, floors should be warm and clean while feet and stockings should be in proper conditions, too.

Bob said...

This may be a bit off topic. The shop where my wife has her hair done is a shoes off establishment.
When patrons arrive the receptionist asks for their coat and shoes. She then returns with a smock to put on to prevent their clothes from being soiled and slippers for their feet.

Matthew Celestis said...

I think that's unusual in a western country, Bob. Very interesting

Bob said...

You are correct Matthew, it is not a common thing in Western culture. My wife believes that they do it to create a more relaxed atmosphere

Matthew Celestis said...

It's a nice idea.

Mat said...

Bob. That's vey unusual for a hairdressing salon to ask customers to remove their shoes. I've never heard of that before. But your point about a more relaxed atmosphere is an interesting one and I'd like to take that further. Most conversations on this blog have centred around the desire to keep homes clean and hygienic. But I don't think anyone has mentioned removing shoes purely for comfort reasons. A home is a place to relax and be comfortable. Somewhere to chill-out. I would argue that it's most unatural for someone to sit of an evening watching TV with their shoes on! When my mates come round I don't ask them to take their shoes off, they just do it. They're there to relax. And whilst I welcome the shoe removal I don't press the point of cleanliness. However if it's wet outside then I just greet guests and say, "just leave your shoes there please". No one has ever questioned that. A lot of people I know do it for comfort reasons perhaps before cleanliness.

Bob said...

Mat I don't disagree that being shoeless is more relaxing. In my own experience it is far more common for a woman to shed her shoes than a man probably because men's shoes are more comfortable. Based on my wife's reason as to why they do it, having your hair done should be relaxing and being in slippers would add to that. To take it a step further, many times in my wife's case she has her hair done after work and shedding her heels is a relief.

Mat said...

Hi Bob. I don't wear heels!! But, working outdoors I'm forced to remove my boots when I get home. I also have to say that it's a relief to do so. I think whatever one does it is nice to kick them off at the end of the day. 8 hours or so (if working) is a long time to wear any type of shoe.

Sandro said...

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2011/sep/04/amanda-levete-vanda-london-design


Interesting.

Matthew Celestis said...

I think I've seen that before. It is cool.

Mark said...

Thanks for the link Sandro. That must be an incredibly comfortable working environment.I wonder if visitors are expected to also take their shoes off? I do take off my shoes in my office and I have a pair of sandals there to wear when i see clients. Often when I am on my own, I go barefoot or in socks.
I think Mat makes an overlooked point. Removing shoes is not only about keeping the house clean, but it's also about comfort.
I have never understood why anyone would choose to wear shoes in the house. It's so much comfier to go around in socks, bare feet or slippers.

Anonymous said...

Walking around in your pajamas in quite comfortable, too, but I think it is extremely poor taste when you are visiting or entertaining. Same with shoes. Bring clean shoes and change into them when you are visiting, but please do not walk around barefoot just because it is comfy.

Matthew Celestis said...

Anonymous, I presume you are the same person that has made the earlier comments.

You keep saying that it is poor form to walk around barefoot in a home. Fair enough, you are entitled to your opinion. But at the end of the day, that is all it is.

There are a lot of cultures where it is pretty normal to walk around in a home barefoot.

You do need to acknowledge that your own views about etiquette are not a universal norm for the human race.

Mark said...

What's so wrong about being comfortable?

Anonymous said...

Some of us are more comfortable when we have our shoes on.

Mark said...

But not in my house

Sandro said...

Not every personal preference meets objective needs either of the very same persons or those around.
Shoes were invented for outdoors, and there they belong. Public places of mixed status such as malls etc. can be an exception.

Anonymous said...

Shoes are for the indoors too

Bob said...

Anonymous, you are correct shoes can be for indoors as well so long as they have never been worn outdoors or could damage flooring, such as high heels. As I have previously stated we have a no shoes rule in our home. We would not object if a visitor brought a pair of shoes to change into so long as they had not previously been worn outdoors. Also as I have previously stated two of my wife's friends bring slippers while all other guests visit in socks or stockings. BTW if a female guest were to bring a pair of high heels to switch into she would be asked not to put them on.

Elain Smith said...

Well, my cleaning lady just showed up and as always slipped off her shoes to clean in her stockinged feet, she or I have no trouble with this at all as a matter of fact she asked me when i hired her what I preferred she work in,I said I preferred her in stockinged feet to which she said would not be a problem at all, just my 2 cents worth

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