March 23, 2010

Save Money In Your Home: Remove Your Shoes


I grew up in West Texas and Southern California and removing shoes before entering a home was not customary. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the lack of a mud room. Or that the weather tends to be drier and so people don’t think their shoes are dirty. I can’t even imagine how much dirt I tracked in as a kid.

When I lived in central Ohio I learned the importance of taking off my shoes before I came in the house. Our move in day was sleety and snowy and we had light colored carpet. Having moved from the desert southwest and never living in a wet climate, I didn’t quite understand the concept of a mud room. I quickly learned. Well, that was after I spent the first full day in my house cleaning my new carpet.

Years later on a visit to Hawaii, I was introduced again to the custom of removing shoes before entering a home. On Kauai nearly every home has a sign at the front door asking you to remove your shoes before entering. The red dirt, if tracked in, is nearly impossible to get out of carpet.

When we moved back to the desert southwest, it never even crossed my mind to have a ‘No Shoes’ policy for our home. My thoughts on removing shoes before coming in to the house changed though when I had BabyGirl. When she started creeping and crawling around, I didn’t want her to be near so much dirt. I had the carpets and tiled cleaned and decided we would take our shoes off before coming in. Within a few days I immediately noticed a difference. I didn’t need to vacuum or swiffer every few days like I used to. I didn’t have to dust as much either.

Over the past several years I’ve found that removing shoes before coming in the house is not only good for our health but also good for our wallet. Here are some benefits I’ve found.

Removing shoes brings in less dirt meaning your carpets do not get as dirty, so they don’t have to be cleaned as much.

Leaving your shoes at the door means less cleaning and supplies to clean, which means saving money and having more time for other important tasks.

Taking your shoes off before coming in tracks less allergens into your home. You’ll feel better and save money on medicine.

By having inside shoes that are soft-soled, your carpet and hardwood floors will have less wear and tear. It may also be quieter if you have hard-surfaced floors.

While we do not require every person coming in to our home to remove their shoes, we highly encourage it and have the above sign hanging outside our front door. We realize it’s not commonplace, but I know that having a ‘No Shoes’ policy has been good for me, my home and my wallet.

Do you have a no-shoes policy in your home? Would you want to have a no-shoes policy?


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Matthew C March 23, 2010 at 11:11 am

It really does make sense to have a no-shoes policy. Thanks for this post.

I have an whole blog on this subject: Shoes Off at the Door, Please You might like to take a look.

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