I like this Asian custom of changing your shoes as soon as you enter your home. It’s a sanitation thing for me. I’m not exactly a germaphobe but close to it 😃 Just surf the internet and you will find what kind of germs and toxic chemicals you will most probably bring into your home if you walk around the house with the footwear you wore outside.
The boarding boys also seem to take my stance, although for them the reason to make a DIY pallet shoe rack is more for tidiness rather than the fear of germs.
Here’s an easy and cheap solution to provide your home with a shoe rack. Just get two used pallets and then with some elbow grease, you can come up with something functional. However, if you are a shoeholic, then most probably you would need more pallets.
Pros & Cons of a Shoe-Free Home
As mentioned, the main advantage would be to keep your floors clean, which in the end would minimize the residents’ exposure to illnesses.
The biggest disadvantage on the other hand is convenience. If you opt to leave your shoes by the door, then in the long run you will get used to this habit. However, when you have guests, it may be difficult to tell your guests to take off their shoes as soon as they enter your home. I don’t have problems with that, and I’ve even prepared slippers for them to use. I’ve not heard complaints either so I’ll take that at face value.
But I go beyond just taking my shoes off when I enter my home. I don’t like to have clutter at the entrance. Bad feng shui. So I bring my shoes to my storage room where I keep my shoe rack. So you see, not only am I an almost-germaphobe, I’m also an almost-obsessive-compulsive…and proud of it 😃
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