Take Your Shoes Off at the Door

Before I had kids, I absolutely despised going to “take your shoes off at the door” parties and events. I always put a lot of effort into selecting my outfit, oftentimes even building the entire ensemble completely around a cute pair of heels or boots, only to have to ditch my shoes in a pile at the door.

And then, at the end of the night, nobody would have even seen my very chic (and oftentimes expensive) pair of heels or riding boots, because they were thrown in a haphazard dirty junk pile like they didn’t even matter.

To walk around a house party, carrying around a cocktail in a super cute little dress, only to be barefoot (or worse yet), stocking footed, was a crime of fashion, in my opinion.

And then I had kids.

To this day, I still don’t insist my guests take off their shoes at my front door, but I secretly pray they just go ahead and do it anyway.

You see, my kids and I live and play on the floor each and every day. Baby Paul is just starting to crawl, and realizing my floors are so dirty from outside foot traffic makes me want to gag. Basically, I might as well give baby Paul the bottom of a dirty boot to chew on, right? Yeah, I would never do that.

Fortunately for me, my entire first floor is hardwood, which means it’s fairly simple to quickly mop up after people come over, which I try to do at least once a week (what? I have four kids, give me a break).

But anyway, I would love your thoughts. Do you request guests in your home to take their shoes off at the door? Or do you let the dirt get tracked in?

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