Thursday, July 30, 2015

NorthJersey.com: Guests removing their shoes? Hosts love it or hate it

NorthJersey.com: Guests removing their shoes? Hosts love it or hate it

You go to someone's home wearing shoes that aren't — or, at least, don't appear to be — dirty. So, do you take them off, as a growing number of young people are doing? Do you leave them on? Or do you stand in the doorway, waiting for your host's instructions? (Followed, perhaps, by a brief lecture on bacteria, toxins and good old-fashioned D-I-R-T?)

The North Jerseyans we posed the question to on social media were almost evenly split on the matter.



Every American online newspaper seems to cover this topic in a general interest article at some point. I rarely see this topic discussed in British newspapers, except in the etiquette column.

Mumsnet: AIBU to tell people 'house rules' before they come & stay?

Mumsnet: AIBU to tell people 'house rules' before they come & stay?


Contrary to what is often said, a lot of posters on this thread suggested it is better to ask for shoes-off on arrival, rather than in advance.

I love it when this issue comes up on Mumsnet.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Bubblelews: Shoes on or off in the house?

Bubblelews: Shoes on or off in the house?

In America many people living here ask visitors, guests and residents to remove and to leave their shoes outside when entering a home. I ask my guests to remove their shoes and I have an area inside for them to be stowed until they depart.

My request is partially because I happen to live in an area with an abundance of farmland, and filthy sidewalks that are littered by men (and some un-lady like women) carelessly spitting, goose and duck excrement, cigarette butts just to name a few unsanitary reasons. I personally love to be barefoot and enjoy the luxury of my toes on carpet.

Friday, July 10, 2015

NaturallySavvy: YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO STOP WEARING SHOES IN YOUR HOUSE

NaturallySavvy: YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO STOP WEARING SHOES IN YOUR HOUSE

A recent study out of the University of Houston found that 39 percent of shoe soles sampled were contaminated with the bacteria C. diff (Clostridium difficile), a public health threat that is now resistant to a number of antibiotics. C. diff infections can cause severe diarrhea that may progress to colon inflammation and more serious health issues, especially if it does not respond to antibiotic treatment.

“Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes,” says study author M. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

MyRealityTimes: UNDERSTANDING A SELLER’S ‘NO SHOES ALLOWED’ RULE

MyRealityTimes: UNDERSTANDING A SELLER’S ‘NO SHOES ALLOWED’ RULE


'Certainly this has always been a topic of conversation in my house. In my family, we were raised to remove our shoes at the doorway and I have continued that practice in my own home. Most members of my extended family practiced the same behavior. Those that did not generally had little to no issue with being asked to remove their shoes at the door. There were a select few that took exception with this practice and those were not looked upon favorably.

For those of us that practice the removing of shoes in the home we probably give it little thought until that one person steps into our home and either reluctantly removes their shoes or begrudgingly does so with a myriad of questions or complaints. In my experience, the removing of shoes often seems to be more of an issue for the cable service person or other repair technicians than friends or family, but there are still others that unnecessarily and unreasonably take exception with the practice.'

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

PopSugar: The Lazy Girl's Guide to a Clean Home

PopSugar: The Lazy Girl's Guide to a Clean Home


'Taking off your shoes before going into your home may feel strange, but it actually helps minimize cleaning time. You won't have to vacuum up and mop away all the dirt and grime that you've been stepping on all day. It goes without saying that you should also clean your pets' paws before letting them enter your home.'