Saturday, April 30, 2016

OLwomen: 9 Reasons Why Your Home Should Be Shoe Free Zone

OLwomen: 9 Reasons Why Your Home Should Be Shoe Free Zone

7. Your Neighbor’s Might Not Like

Your neighbor’s might not like

Sometimes your shoes get noisy much and your neighbors just do not want that tick tock of your shoes. This particularly happens when you are residing in an apartment.

-If you have wooden floors then you have to be very careful with your shoes.
-You shouldn’t be walking with them on.
-The sound of those shoes will get to irritate them.

Momtastic: The Germiest Places Kids Hang Out (and How to Beat the Yuck)

Momtastic: The Germiest Places Kids Hang Out (and How to Beat the Yuck)

One quick and easy way to reduce the amount of germs in your home is to have everyone take off their shoes as soon as they come into the house (and then, yes, wash their hands afterwards). “As a pediatrician and a mom I always make sure that shoes come off before entering the house,” says Dr. Blanchard. “Yours and your child’s shoes are full of bacteria but also things like pesticides, heavy metals, gasoline, and allergens. By taking off your shoes not only are you getting the benefit of not tracking bacteria around the house but you are limiting your kid’s contact with other dangerous chemicals.”



Sunday, April 24, 2016

Thank Your Body: Reduce home toxins by 60% (and you’ll never guess how easy it is!)

Thank Your Body: Reduce home toxins by 60% (and you’ll never guess how easy it is!)

"Ready to reduce home toxins by 60%? Yeah, I thought so. And you’ll love how simple the solution is. Ready for it? I’m going to tell you right here in the first paragraph: Take your shoes off.

That’s it! Reduce home toxins that easily. Seems to good to be true, right? But it is. The truth is that research has shown that 85% of the soil and contaminants inside your home can be found within 10 to 12 feet of the exterior doors. Think about all the places your feet go throughout a day. The grocery store. The gas station. The park. Now think about how many other feet are also trekking around those places. Feet that have been who-knows-where."

Yahoo Answers: How do you get friends to take off their shoes at the door?

Yahoo Answers: How do you get friends to take off their shoes at the door?

'I'm thinking about implementing the "no shoes in the house rule" as I try to keep house healthier and cleaner. Do any of you do this? How do you ask others to remove their shoes if they visit your home?'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lozier's Peaceful Valley| Culture shock: What’s all the fuss about shoes?

Lozier's Peaceful Valley| Culture shock: What’s all the fuss about shoes?

"In Afghanistan, it is customary to remove your shoes before entering a home. Typically you will find a jumbled pile of the inhabitants’ shoes immediately inside and outside the entrance of houses, apartments, some shops, offices and hotels. Sometimes there are a collection of communal slippers inside the door, but since I was coming from an individualistic culture, I had brought my own indoor sandals and learned to hide them so that they did not become communal.

I was prepared to remove my shoes upon entering Afghan homes. But I didn’t know that Afghans wear different shoes in different rooms. There are bathroom shoes, kitchen shoes, roof shoes and maybe more. If you want to use the bathroom, there are sandals inside the bathroom door. There are also special shoes to wear in the kitchen. The bathroom I used in my first Afghan home was inside the kitchen, so if I followed the protocol, I would remove my house sandals outside the kitchen door and put on kitchen shoes, then remove my kitchen shoes outside the bathroom door to put on bathroom shoes and reverse the process to exit the bathroom and kitchen. Sometimes it was easier to just stay in my room."

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Going to a shop in carpet slippers

I went into the nearby corner shop today to buy a few groceries. While I was in there, a woman entered the shop who was wearing fluffy bedroom slippers.

I can never understand why people go outside in their indoor slippers. Not only does it defeat the object by getting them dirty, but also carpet slippers are not very strong and they wear out really quickly when you wear them outside.

Does it really take that much effort to switch from slippers to a pair of flip flops before going outside?

Friday, April 15, 2016

"No Muddy Boots Allowed"

I am standing again as a Conservative candidate for the borough council. While delivering leaflets this week, I came across an house which had a sign saying "No Muddy Boots Allowed." It was a colourful, eye-catching sign.

I wonder if that household had a full shoes-off policy, or if, as the sign suggested, it only applied to muddy boots? It might be that the owners ran some sort of business from their home and regularly had workmen with muddy boots reporting in.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Good Housekeeping: The 4 Rules of Beautiful Wood Floors

Good Housekeeping: The 4 Rules of Beautiful Wood Floors

by Carolyn Forte

"I am a firm believer in taking my shoes off as soon as I come in the door, and thankfully, my husband is, too. This simple act goes a long way to eliminating virtually all of the tracked-in dirt that can wreak havoc on a wood floor's finish. Dirt and grit are abrasive and over time these particles leave behind fine scratches that make your floors look dull. This brings us to the next rule of good wood floor care: vacuum, vacuum, vacuum."

Yet another thread on Mumsnet

Mumsnet: Asking guests to remove shoes

Just that really. Couple of girlfriends coming over tonight before we go out. I have very light cream/beige carpet which is quite new. My family always take their shoes off as this is how we have been bought up. As does my son.
Do you ask people to remove their outdoor shoes before treading on your nice clean carpet?


I think the shoes-on crowd seem to be particularly vocal on Mumsnet. Not necesserily because there are more of them, but they seem to dominate that particular forum.