We have a house rule regarding shoes.
Don’t wear them in the house.
It started when we lived in our old house, which had considerably more carpet than our current house. When we started to discover the extent of my middle child’s allergies, we made the decision to move to a “no shoe” rule. It is what it sounds like. When we (or, others) come in to the house, we take our shoes off. The idea was to keep as many potential allergens out of the house for Eli. The unexpected (yet predictable) consequence was that I discovered how much cleaner the house was.
Fast forward, we move to a house that has the entire downstairs tiled. I love it, I really do. Even though we now have all of this tile, which is easier to clean, I decided to keep the no shoes rule. It really is just cleaner. I mean, think about it. You walk around in public wearing shoes, picking up who-knows-how-many germs… and then walk in your house like that? YUCK.
Now, the rant.
I HATE it when people disregard our house rule. Really hate it. Some people take their shoes off, but then when they get ready to go, they put their shoes on and walk all around! Seriously? Just because you had your shoes off MOST of the time doesn’t count. Yuck.
And then, there’s the people who put their kids shoes on, and their kids run all over the house. Really?
I know, I know, if you don’t have this rule, or my insane aversion to gross-ness, this may seem like overkill. But to me, it really is a big deal. Everytime someone walks around without taking off their shoes, I feel compelled to steam clean my tile. I can’t take it. Blech.
And, that’s it.
So, if you are a reader who lives near enough to visit, or you live far away and one day visit. PLEASE take your shoes off when you come in, and LEAVE THEM OFF.