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       Volume I - January 28, 2008

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Remove Your Shoes Upon Entering?
7 Reasons Why

by Alice Osborne

Some stuff is just too important to wait until another issue to share. This is one of those times. We found this information on another of our favorite websites about Green Living, and while it hasn’t a thing to do with food or cooking directly, indirectly it applies — if you follow this advice, you’ll have more time for cooking, and that’s what this column is all about, making life simpler so you have more time to pursue what you love most! Here’s what the site had to say:

"So you remove your shoes on entering your home? Many of us who are not culturally predisposed to this activity avoid thinking about it because we are conflicted about starting a daily routine that would then need to be imposed on others." A good reason to consider this anyway is grounded in the pollutants shoes carry in from the outside world.

Here are 7 reasons why it’s a great idea:

1) Taking off one’s shoes at the door can be a simple celebration of everyday life. Kicking off your shoes at the front door can symbolize leaving behind the harried outer world. Home becomes a separate, special place from the outside world — a sanctuary.

2) Wood and vinyl floors will be protected from the gouges left by the spiked heels of women’s dress shoes.

3) There’ll be less dirt and small rocks to gouge your floors or contaminate your carpets.

4) Slippered or sock-covered feet benefit from being closer to flat surfaces (it’s good for the entire body, actually).

5) You’ll spend less time maintaining floors; carpets will need cleaning less often.

6) Those with allergies or sensitive immune systems will benefit from inhaling the cleaner indoor air that will result from leaving shoes at the door.

7) The home will be healthier overall because less lead, pesticides and other pollutants will be tracked into carpets and other flooring.

(If YOU have a smart idea, won't you share it? Life is so much easier and we accomplish so much more when we pool our resources. And after all, we're all in this together. So email or with YOUR Smart Ideas!)

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