Torn between a shoe free house and smelly feet.
About two year ago I decided that I’d love to have a free shoe house again. I had already had a shoe free flat back in Germany and I loved it. It was way cleaner, way quiter (I had a laminate floor) and it felt way cosier, because I was wearing comfy socks all the time. So I decided to go ahead. I was living together with my partner back then and he agreed to give it a try (I think he was secretly hoping that this funny notion would pass soon). So I started to put things into place, like lining up our shoes in the hallway so that we could take them on and off easily depending on if we wanted to leave the house or were coming back home.
I know that in some cultures it’s the norm to have a shoe-free house, and visitors automatically take off their shoes the moment they come through the door. My japanese friend for example has a shoe free house and no-one would every dare to go upstairs before removing their shoes. It’s the same in countries like Turkey, India or other asian countries. However, it seems not to be common in western countries. Allthough I found “evidence” that even in the Netherlands people tend to take off their shoes more often too.
Now that things have changed, and my partner has turned into my flat mate, I sometimes feel a bit foolish in asking people to take off their shoes in moments when my flat mate walks past me with his shoes still on. However, I still feel it really makes a difference and decided to continue with the idea. Allthough, I recently had a few people coming round (visitors, students and repair people) who had all smelly feet (what a coincidence), which can in close proximity be a bit breath taking. That was the first time when I was tempted to think about reversing the whole thing.
All in all, I feel that the shoe-free attitude supports the Feng Shui of the house very well. Especially, because shoes bring dirt, germs, energies and god knows what into the house. I read a few article about what clings on to our shoes (visible or not) and I decided not to mention it here. But if you’d like to know please feel free to click here to read more about it.
One things that could be really nice about it could be to make the taking-off-your-shoes business a ritual that could be a trigger. Brendon Burchard developed these triggers towards positive emotions and experiences, and is working with them for over 20 years. Please find here more about his technique and what this is all about. The same goes for when you take your shoes off at a friends house, which could be your trigger of bringing joy into someone’s home.
Make sure you got nice socks on…. 🙂