You know I’m not a controversial blogger by any means. In fact I think I’ve only posted twice on two different topics that really fired up quite the debate in both instances. The first time was quite by accident that was for sure. Turns out that asking guests to remove their shoes as they enter the home can be quite the hot topic depending on what part of the world you live in.
I really had no idea.
When I casually mentioned in this post that I have a guest slipper holder by my front door I didn’t think anything of it. You see here in Canada (at least in the three provinces I’ve lived in) you would never need to ask your guests to remove their shoes. They just do. It’s absolutely hands down rude to just walk into someones home with your shoes on here. You just would never do it and it’s no big deal. It’s just the way it is.
I now know that this isn’t the case in many areas of the US. Each to their own right? The whole thing just fascinated me though let me tell you. I walked right into that can of worms that is for sure LOL.
Anyway the reason I dare to even bring it up again is because I just recently saw this post over on Tip Junkie’s site and it made me laugh. Her whole post is made up of various signs you can display in your home asking guests to remove their shoes (like the one above). Then I read in the comments that she is from Ft. Worth and they all take their shoes off there when they enter a home. Go figure, I can’t keep up.
I suppose if I lived in a place where it was the norm to leave your shoes on I would just follow suit. I really don’t know how I’d handle that one. But I’ve got to tell you I’m kind of glad I don’t only because it’s so much less clean up with shoes coming off especially on beige carpet! Not to mention all the germs my family isn’t being exposed to. Have I ever told you that I’m a bit of a germaphobe? It comes with having a child with severe food allergies, you can’t help but be hyper-vigilant.
For those that leave shoes on maybe it has something to do with living in a climate where there isn’t much dirt. Here there is so much rain and snow that we practically live in winter boots six months out of the year. It’s mud and dirt central….gross. I can’t imagine anywhere where it would be okay to track all THAT yuck into someone’s home, can you?
The whole thing just fascinates me to no end, it really does although I may regret bringing it up again :)
Anyway my point is…if you do live in a place where you request shoes off then be sure to check out Tip Junkie’s post for some fun sign suggestions.
Want to know what my second controversial topic was? Yep, not sorting my laundry…gasp…can you believe it? Hahaha….that’s about as exciting as it gets around here folks although I think I’ll have to come up with something else real soon just to keep you all on your toes….with or without your shoes on of course, you pick :)