This is Day 4 of the Green in 365 series!
Okay, so now that we’ve got all the basics of the Green in 365 series covered, let’s get started! I’m excited, I hope you are too!
The Entry Way
What better place to start greening our homes but at the front door, or wherever you most often enter your home?!
Did you know that one of the biggest ways that toxins, chemicals, and other nasty stuff enters your home is on your shoes? One small change you can make that will have a big impact on your home is to start a “No Shoes in the House” policy.
Get your family together and talk about the importance of taking off your shoes at the door, and not tracking everything from outside into your home. Work together with your family to begin a “No Shoes in the House” policy.
Now, if your family is anything like mine and everyone has been become accustomed to wearing their shoes in the house, this may not seem like such a small change or easy transition. We just made this change recently as a family, and it took us a LONG time before to finally institute this rule in our home, so here are a few tips for making it work.
Have a designated place to take off your shoes
This may take a little rearranging, but you need a spot to take your shoes off and store them, which also serves as a good reminder for everyone that shoes need to come off before they walk into the house. Here is the DIY shelf and bench my hubby made for our entryway!
Have “Inside Shoes” or “House Shoes” for those who like to wear shoes in the house
My hubs was the hardest one to convert over to the no shoes in the house rule. He just likes to have something on his feet all the time, even around the house. The truth is, so do I. The way we worked around this is that we both have a pair of good slippers that we wear inside during the winter, and designated insides shoes for warmer months when we don’t want to wear slippers, for me it’s a cheap pair of Old Navy flip-flops. Just because there’s a no shoes in the house rule, doesn’t mean you can’t wear anything at all on your feet, it just means you can’t wear your shoes that you wear outside, into the house.
Starting a “No Shoes in the House” rule will have a big impact on the amount of toxins and chemicals, such as lead, cadmium, pesticides and more, that you track into your home.
Do you have a “No Shoes” policy in your house? What keeps “No Shoes in the House” from working for your family?
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