As we continue the 31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit series let’s move on to habit 24…
31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit – Habit 24
Implement a Shoe Off Policy… or Vacuum Every Day – Your Choice 🙂
If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times…I don’t like to clean! Kind of interesting since I seem talk about cleaning every day. But, that’s why this blog is called IDreamofClean.net and not MyHouseIsSpotless.com. Hopefully this is a place that real moms can share and learn from each other how they maintain a functional, semi-clean home.
One of the ways I’ve reduced the need to frequency of cleaning is by implementing a shoe off policy. It’s not super strict with guests, although I certainly prefer they all take off their shoes. But, since we have dozens of guests in our home monthly, it’s just not feasible to force them all to go shoeless. The main concern is that they feel comfortable and enjoy their time in our home! If that includes shoes, so be it. Hopefully, though, they just watch others and follow suit.
When it comes to the immediate household and close family members, though, the shoe off policy is always in effect.
Why have a shoe off policy?
- Allergens, dirt and debris transfer from the outdoors to household carpet.
- Oil from gas stations, dust and dirt from stores and restaurants, and even waste from public restrooms stick to the bottom of shoes and then transfer to the flooring inside your home.
Just think about what you could be sitting on when you (or your babies/children) hang out of the floor of your home. I know some germs are healthy and build up the immune system. But, don’t you think we get enough of those in other ways? Maybe you don’t. But I sure do!
Germs are one reason to keep shoes off the carpet but another reason is the amount of time it takes to clean. When you aren’t constantly bringing the outside in, you don’t have to continually sweep and vacuum. That means less time cleaning which is a HUGE plus in my book!
The other, and perhaps more important, reason to keep shoes off the carpet will benefit your wallet. When dirt, debris, oil, etc. transfer to your carpet, it reduces the life of your flooring. Dirty shoes stain the carpet while the friction of shoes in general wear out the carpet.
That means you will have to spend thousands of your hard earned dollars to replace what could have lasted several more years. All it would have taken to save that money is a few seconds when you enter your home to slip off your shoes.
If you’re completely against implementing a shoe 0ff policy, however, then here’s a habit for you: vacuum every single day. It will reduce allergens and dust from settling and hopefully add a few years to the life of your carpet.
What do you think about wearing shoes inside your home?