At your home, do you keep your shoes on, or, do you take your shoes off?
Why People Keep Their Shoes ON
- Safety: Having your shoes on in your home can help prevent injury (bumping your toe, stepping on a small toy, slipping)
- Health: Some people have to wear shoes based on health (feet, back, knees…etc)
- Productive Feeling: Some people feel overall productive when they have their shoes on. Especially if they are moving furniture, going in and out of the attic, etc.
Why People Keep Take Their Shoes OFF
- To prevent germs from other places visited throughout the day from entering the home.
- Saves you time from cleaning floors.
- Potentially can save your floors from damage (example: high heels or cleats on hardwood floors)
- Saves times that shoes are being looked for because they are in their “proper place” (by the front door, garage, closet)
Some Ideas to Consider
- Disinfecting your shoes regularly.
- Change out of “outside shoes” into “inside shoes”. Some people think inside shoes are slippers, but you can have a pair of normal shoes that are designated for inside the home.
- No shoe zones. Maybe in rooms that have carpet, no shoes. But in rooms without carpet, maybe allow shoes.
While Your Home is One The Market
- Keep your home Camera Ready. If you normally keep shoes by the front door, consider putting shoes in a closet.
- Provide shoe covers for people who are touring your home.
While You Are Looking at Homes
- Keep wipes and disinfectant spray with you to clean your shoes prior to entering your car and home.
- Remove shoes prior to entering your home.
- Bring shoe covers with you to wear in the homes you are seeing.