Sunday, February 28, 2016

Disposable Slippers

In some countries, like Russia or Slovenia, if you visit somebody's house, you will be given a pair of slippers to borrow. These are re-used for future guests. I have suggested on this blog before that this is unlikely to work in British homes. Most guests will opt for bare feet or socks rather than borrow slippers that other people have worn. However, an alternative to this is to provide disposable hotel style slippers.

Looking at Amazon, this is not a cheap option. Even buying in packs, you can't get them for less than a pound a pair. Still, I was encouraged to see in the customer reviews that quite a few people are buying these sort of slippers to offer to guests in their homes.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Yahoo! Answers: How do you institute a no shoes policy in your home?

Yahoo! Answers: How do you institute a no shoes policy in your home?

I am in the process of replacing all the carpet in our house and want to make it a house rule that everyone take off their shoes. I have kids 10, 12, and 15 who have always been allowed to wear their shoes in the house. Also how do you handle guests and friends if you have a shoes off rule? What are the best ways to go from a shoes on type house to one where it is shoes off?

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Kimbrough Team: Asking Buyers to Keep My Home Clean

The Kimbrough Team: Asking Buyers to Keep My Home Clean

Dear Dave,
This might seem like a trivial question but I really need your opinion. We have our home listed and with all of wet/winter weather we’ve been having I am really frustrated trying to keep our floors clean. Is it offensive to ask potential buyers to remove their shoes or wear booties when they look at our house? I don’t want to turn people away because of the annoyance of having to remove shoes or boots, but I don’t want my floors to look messy – or get stained!

Janet – Grand Junction, CO

Do not hesitate to request buyers remove their shoes or put on booties that you provide when they enter. This is not a turn off and any buyer who would be turned off by having to remove their shoes or put on booties…. Let them leave.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Schnazzy Door Tiles

Schnazzy Door Tiles

Adriana Galante makes and sells some lovely no-shoes door tiles.

Removing your shoes when entering a tidy home is an important part of keeping your home as clean as possible. As a firm believer in this concept, I hand paint ceramic door signs that stylishly and politely get your message across to all visitors without you having to ask. All ceramic signs are original hand painted artwork and no two signs are alike. Please know when you purchase one of my door tiles no other home will have that exact tile! Pretty cool.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Dovely: 6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wear Your Shoes in Your House

The Dovely: 6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wear Your Shoes in Your House

"I really hate when I go somewhere and I’m asked to leave my shoes at the door. There is an immediate panic. Do my feet smell? Did I wear matching socks? When was the last time I got a pedicure? Or even worse, someone can steal your $485 (more like $800) Manolos during a baby shower and then you can be shamed by the hosts for spending so much on shoes. Sex and the City, Season 6, Episode 9. Revisit the episode because it’s great.

So yes, while it may be an inconvenience to take off your shoes as soon as you step inside, it is a step you shouldn’t skip. Here are 6 reasons why you should have a “no shoes allowed” rule in your house immediately."

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Hannibal Courier-Post: 3 tips to staying cozy

Hannibal Courier-Post: 3 tips to staying cozy

1. No Shoes Policy

Avoid tracking the outside elements into the interiors of your home. A no-shoes policy in the house can help. Keep a shoe rack by the door of your house to encourage family and guests to remove their shoes upon arrival. You can make the policy stick more easily by supplying your family with weather-appropriate shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

“We keep a small basket of Crocs by our sliding door to the backyard. It’s easy for the kids to grab their pair, so they can go outside,” says lifestyle blogger Kacia Hosmer of Coconut Robot.

Though known as a summer shoe, she cites some of the brand’s newer styles, such as Baya Heathered Fuzz Lined Clog, as being cool weather-friendly and a good fit that stay on one’s feet.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

I liked this one!

I viewed a beautiful apartment this evening that was in a very convenient location. I intend to make an offer tomorrow.

It was the same estate agent who showed me the second property, the one who kept her shoes on. In this apartment she removed her shoes, even though it was dry this evening, but raining on the previous showing. One of the occupants had his shoes on, so presumably there was no shoes-off policy (unless it applied only to estate agents and viewers!). Perhaps she removed her shoes in this property because it was nicer and better looked after. Or maybe she kept her shoes on in the other apartment because the tenants in that property had a dog.