In many homes, shoes can be found abandoned in almost every room, including the bedroom. However, removing shoes before entering a home appears to be gaining a following once again.
There are three main reasons that people chose not to have shoes in their homes:
- spiritual reasons- to avoid shoes carrying in bad energy in from the outside world
- hygiene reasons - to avoid shoes harboring bad germs
- practical reasons - to avoid shoes staining the light carpets.
Karen Kingston, International best selling author and clutter clearing expertsays: “My personal favourite is to have a shoe cupboard somewhere just inside the main entrance so you can take your shoes off as soon as you enter and store them hidden from view”.
Whilst you may not be able fit a shoe cupboard at your front door, it’s not great to have a big pile of shoes there either. If you are tight on space here are some ideas:
- Remove your shoes as you enter your home and carry them to where you store them
- Wipe them clean before putting them away
- Keep them inside a closed chest or cupboard rather than out in the open
- If possible, store them separately to your clothing
- Get rid of any shoes you never wear to save space
One big ‘hell-no’ is putting your shoes on soft furnishings such as beds and couches. Putting your dirty shoes on or near your sleep sanctuary is ludicrous. Remember your bed should be clean, fresh and germ-free. If you can’t make your house shoe-free at least try and make your bedroom a shoe-free zone.
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