I’m not saying you stepped in dog poop, or vomit, or even a loogie, BUT
Just in case…
Please remove your shoes before entering my home.
People in cultures worldwide remove shoes at the doors to their homes. This practice is kept for many reasons, cultural, spiritual, and hygienic, among others, and has been around for centuries.
For the last 5 years, I have kept a shoe-free house. For some people it is a strange, unnecessary or even rude custom. How dare you suggest my shoes are too dirty for your children to roll around on! Looking back, as we were growing up we wore shoes inside and did not think anything of it, but now I really could not imagine living that way!
Today I will share with you some of the top factors that led me to ban shoes from walking into my home.
I don’t want toxic things being tracked into my home. Every day our shoes are bombarded with chemical poisons everywhere we walk, from the pesticides in the neighbors’ yards to the oil spills in parking lots. In a world where it is pretty much impossible to avoid toxins completely – I mean they spray toxins into the air, drop them into the water, cook them into the food – I like to be able to feel at peace with the minimal levels of toxicity in my own home.
IT’S JUST GROSS!
I don’t want gross things being tracked into my home. Thinking about a typical day, I walk across the courtyard and through remnants of dog excrement, walk to my car on a sidewalk that has housed vomit, hocked loogies, and other filth. Maybe at my destination I walk into a public restroom and now I have human fecal matter stuck in my tread, maybe stuck to some wet toilet paper. You really never know what will end up on your shoes, to be tracked across your floor. Ewww!
FOR MY KIDS
I don’t want my kids putting the above items into their mouths. My two-year-old still puts 9 out of 10 things that fall onto the floor into his mouth, and that would just not be cool. Also, my kids spend a substantial amount of time flipping, rolling, crawling and playing on the floor; more so since we ditched the couch to move towards a “furniture free” lifestyle (but that will be another post). As a mother, I try my best to minimize their contact with toxins and other nastiness. Plus I would rather not have a child who has been rolling around in filth crawl into bed with me at night.
With all this nastiness in your carpet, combined with the general mud and muck that gets tracked in on a regular basis, it makes it virtually impossible to keep your floors clean. Sure, you can vacuum, but that can only remove superficial dirt. Or you could mop, which would make the floor clean until the next person tromped across in dirty shoes. Floors also wear more quickly, especially those high traffic areas that get dark or scuffed from daily trampling with dirty shoes.
Take off your shoes, this is holy ground. Just as many temples worldwide have signs with posted rules to remove your shoes before entering, please also have this respect for my sacred space. This is where I am most authentic and free. This is where I feel loved and nurtured. This is where my family spends most of their time. I regularly cleanse and protect my space energetically, so why not also protect it from all the grime, both physically and symbolically, of the outside world.
FOR THE LOVE OF FEET
Last but not least, for the health of our feet. It has been proven that our feet need the freedom of walking barefoot. That is a whole post in and of itself! While I do use only “barefoot” type shoes outdoors, it is still not the same as letting your feet be completely natural and free. Not only can confining feet to bad shoes have poor consequences for the feet themselves, the bone structure and function, but consider the ancient and powerful system of reflexology. There are points on your feet which correlate and are linked with every organ of the body. The more you stimulate these points, the more you are creating movement and vitality to these organs. When your feet are locked into rigid cages (or worse yet, high heels), they are confined and under-stimulated.
At the end of the day it is a matter of respect. This is the way I feel comfortable in my own home. Of course, if someone has a legitimate medical reason for not removing their shoes, I kindly offer them “shoe covers”, but otherwise I fully expect visitors to respect the laws of the land. If you are a newcomer to this way of thinking, I hope some of my points made sense to you, so the next time you are asked to remove your shoes, you can cheerfully oblige.
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