We have a “no shoe” policy in our house (we have young babies who are crawling and always touching the floor), and while our immediate family abides by it, we are having a hard time with extended family and friends. They all wear their shoes, and we feel awkward telling them to take them off. What is the best way to ask guests to not wear shoes in our house?
We strive to live by this policy in our house as well, and so I know how tricky it can be when guests come over and don’t always pick up on the visual cues of seeing your bare feet and basket of shoes at the entry. However, keep in mind, that most people wear shoes in their homes, and so they aren’t trying to rebel against your protocol but rather just following their own house rules. And of course you always want your guests to feel welcome in your home, so handling this situation takes a bit of finesse.
Here is my advice: If you’re entertaining a large group and it’s a formal setting (cocktail party, baby shower, etc.), it’s best to leave this policy at the door and just let your guests wear their shoes. Do a deep clean of the floors post-party, and they will be as good as new.
If you’re just having a friend or family member over, try gently reminding loved ones by saying, “We try not to wear shoes in the house, would you mind taking yours off? Thank you!” Unless there is a medical condition preventing them from taking off their shoes, I promise your guests will be happy to oblige!
Have you ever found yourself in a crowded parking lot or garage, only to circle and circle endlessly for that precious parking spot? Or maybe you discovered a coveted spot snuggled up to the storefront, and realize that someone else is going to challenge you for it.
I experienced this last week during school pick-up. I circled the lot trying to find a spot and thankfully found one very quickly. I turned on my blinker, waited for the oncoming traffic to drive past, and just as I was about to turn into the spot, a fellow school parent whipped into the spot and didn’t even look back. Thankfully I found another spot and picked up the boys on time, however the experience inspired me to write a post about what to do (and not do!) to graciously get a parking spot. No one is perfect and I’m sure this parent didn’t mean to snag my spot, but nonetheless less it was a good reminder that being polite in the parking lot is just as important as everywhere else in life. And so, here are a few tips!
Do drive slowly in a parking lot
Do turn on your blinker if you find a spot and wait patiently for the car to back up
Do relinquish a spot if the other car was there first
Do ask someone if they are backing out if you notice they are sitting in their car with the brake lights on
Do not steal a spot from someone else just because you are late or short on time
Do not text and drive
Do not drive quickly through a parking garage trailing a person in the hopes to take their spot. Be patient 🙂
Do not take a spot from another car that is already waiting