Leave Your Shoes at the Door

Leave shoes at the door

There are incredible benefits to the practice of removing your shoes when you enter your home. You will reduce the amount of dust and dirt that you bring into the home. Your house will be cleaner!

Another benefit will be that your shoes now have a home. They won’t get lost under the couch, therefore keeping the clutter down inside the home.

But the biggest benefit can be all in your mind. This simple act can create a sense of sanctuary within your home. It’s almost magical.

Have a storage area at the door for your shoes, so you don’t create a chaotic situation of scattered shoes as you enter. Keep a pair of slippers to change into, if that would make you more comfortable.

Take this one step to create a welcoming feeling at your door.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Linda Samuels on October 28, 2019 at 9:28 am

    I have to laugh. I went to my cousin’s house yesterday for a memorial celebration for my Aunt Ruthy. It was a rainy day. All of the guests were asked to enter through the side door (into the mudroom) and remove their shoes. I’m SURE that they didn’t want several dozen people tracking in mud and rain into their house.

    The mudroom was dark. No lights were on. So when it came time to leave, it took me a moment to find my shoes. My sister and I started laughing because she had the same problem too and accidentally put on my shoes, only to realize that something wasn’t quite right.

    I agree that shoe removal is a great way to keep the house clean. Not all guests like leaving their shoes at the front. So for those instances, it can be a nice thing to have some slippers or socks that people can wear if they choose.

    • Janet Schiesl on October 28, 2019 at 4:58 pm

      Linda. We take our shoes off at the door, but don’t ask guests to do the same. I can understand why you were asked to do so, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable asking. For me, leaving your shoes at the door is more about clutter.

  2. Janet Barclay on October 28, 2019 at 9:48 am

    I like Linda’s suggestion to offer guests slippers or socks to wear. I bring them along if I know the house is likely to be cold but I don’t always think of it.

    • Janet Schiesl on October 28, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      Janet, I should keep socks in my car. That’s a great idea. My feet are always cold. I don’t like to be in stocking feet or using the shoe covers when working though. I had an employee fall down a flight of stairs once when she had stocking feet. Don’t want to do that again!

      • Janet Barclay on October 29, 2019 at 1:03 pm

        Scary! I never thought of leaving socks in the car. They’d get really cold in the winter!

  3. Seana Turner on October 28, 2019 at 9:51 am

    I know this is a custom in many cultures, as well as for many families. I do tend to remove and leave my most commonly worn shoes in my mudroom. Dress shoes, such as those I wear to church, I don’t leave downstairs. I remove those and take them right up to my closet. Having those “daily” shoes at the door is a huge time (and mess) saver for sure!

  4. suzzanne Cafiero on October 28, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    It’s so true, less dirt for sure. My boys always take their shoes off but, where to put them is the problem. My entryway is so small, I need a system!!

    • Janet Schiesl on October 28, 2019 at 5:27 pm

      Suzanne, you can find lots of ideas on Pinterest. My advice is make it simple. The fewer steps the more likely your boys will do it.

  5. Janet Schiesl on October 28, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Seana, I agree. Having a home near the door for you daily shoes is a great for clutter control.

  6. Sara Skillen on October 29, 2019 at 7:25 am

    I SO wish I could get everyone on board with this idea. When we lived in Santa Fe, NM years ago, it was always customary to leave shoes at the door when visiting guests, and I hoped that the custom would follow us wherever we lived. Alas. The shoes in our house usually come off – just not always at the door! A great reason to share this post. ūüėČ

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