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What's Off Limits at Your Casa?

What's Off Limits at Your Casa?

I like to think that I run a mellow and welcoming household. That said, there are a few things that drive me absolutely nuts. Chief among these is friends' kids who jump on the sofa. While the kids always cease and desist after I politely tell them that jumping on furniture is verboten in our house, it's definitely something that always makes me cringe. Other friends won't allow glasses on a coffee table without a coaster, and still others won't let you get a foot into their home without slipping off your shoes. What's off limits at your casa?

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samula2000 samula2000 9 years
YEA! for the no smoking being the most popular!
AMP AMP 9 years
I would never, ever, EVER allow smoking in my home. I even hate when the neighbors are smoking outside and it wafts into the windows. Worst habit and smell ever.
witchbaby witchbaby 9 years
No smoking inside and I've tried to get the 'rents to follow a no shoes rule and it never works. :\ Shoes are so germy. And we hate when the cat jumps up on the refrigerator we have breakable everywhere and he loves to knock 'em over.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
No smoking or shoes indoors. The kids have pretty much ruined the living room furniture, so when we replace it I may insist they sit on the floor. :evil:
slushlily slushlily 9 years
It absolutely boggles my mind that guests would just wander around wherever they feel like it in the private areas of one's home. Frankly, though, if I'm entertaining, I'm, you know, entertaining, and I'm with whoever is over... Anyway, the only rule in our house is no smoking-- what a foul habit, and the smell lingers horribly. Though I always take my shoes off when entering the house, I'd never ask my guests to, and our sidetables and sideboards are slate topped, so the coaster thing isn't an issue.
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
Our couches are non-bouncy so that's not really an issue. We don't even have springy beds anymore. And there are no kids. We regularly flaunt most of the other rules. No wet or dirty shoes in the house but we're not super careful if they're dry. The dogs have the run of the place (except my bed). The coffee table has a tile top -- we own only one coaster and it's on my desk. Absolutely no smoking allowed though.
Ellenora Ellenora 9 years
My mom quit smoking last year, so no smoking is starting to become a rule in my house. We follow the rule, "If you don't use 'please' and 'thank you,' you aren't getting what you request." My parents are sticklers with manners. Being rude is not tolerated in my house. We are pretty open about other things like swearing, shoes and other things, but being rude is not acceptable. The other big taboo in my house is drifting around the house like the house is an excavation site. I was taught from the time I was born that if I am at a person's house, I will not go wondering around giving myself a free tour. It bugs me to death when guests go around my house opening doors, poking around the bedrooms, not minding their own business by opening books, journals, dessers, etcetera and not asking for a tour or the rules of the house! My house is not a playground or excavation site. We always will show you where you will be staying (if you're sleeping over), where it acceptable to roam, where the bathrooms are and where food and beverages are.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
I tried jumpin on the couch and my parents flipped their shit!
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 9 years
Wow, i guess i'm pretty laid-back at my casa...my only rule is no smoking in the house but right outside on the balcony and decks is fine. I have a problem asking people to take their shoes off, I just think it's inappropriate because they are usually a major part of a woman's outfit and honestly most guys' feet smell pretty rank. I much rather spend a little extra time cleaning my carpet and wood floors than make my guests feel uncomfortable.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
i didn't have the no shoes rule until we owned our place and at the same time bought a light colored area rug. but generally, why wear your shoes inside?
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
everything except the junk. but the smoking is the worst offense.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
No smoking of course, but the sofa jumping. This is an every day all day battle between me and my 2 year old. And she has no fear of anything. Time-out doesn't bother her and the occassional tap on the butt, nothing. I ban her from the sofa she thinks its hilarious and is back on there jumping two minutes later. I can't stand it! Also, my BF and brothers/friends seem to think it's OK to move my furniture? And the thing is, they know I'm a completely anal about it all. So when the move something and I get upset they look at me like I'm completely out of my mind. I'm convinced they do it sometimes just to mess with me. I've actually threatened to glue them to the floor. Although that would also drive me nuts. I have to clean under my sofa like every 2-3 weeks.
juicylove juicylove 9 years
i dont see how people can wear shoes in the house. it would get soo dirty:|! so i picked that one, but my friends dont generally come over and jump on the couch so some are just.. implied rules i guess.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
No smoking in the house. That's about it. Although it did bother me when my neice ate a fudgesicle in 96 degree weather on my coach the other day. I was so paranoid but thought i would be sounding really b*tchy if i told her to go into the kitchen.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
There is really nothing off limits at my house but smoking. I have a 1yr old so anyone that wants to smoke has to do it outside. Period.
katebmore katebmore 9 years
I find the "no shoes in my house" rule a tad rude to guests. I'm happy for you if you have expensive rugs or hardwoods, but um, it's the floor. I would never stomp around in someone's house in stilettos because it's rude, so please don't ask me to remove my shoes. Also, some people have issues with their feet! I had a roommate who was absolutely terrified upon entering a party where she spotted a pile of shoes in the foyer. She had bruised her big toe and was ultimately embarrassed at having to expose it to the entire party of people she knew professionally. I just find the rule unnecessary.
chicobo chicobo 9 years
No smoking, no shoes. Just be respectful!
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
No smoking in the house and no tormenting the animals (1 dog, 2 cats). My cousin's husband has flicked my lizard in the head and kicked my cats...*sigh*
kythera kythera 9 years
My number one is to take the shoes off! I rent an apt and it's bad enough my stepson gets it dirty, lol. Of course, no jumping on couch, no piles of stuff, and our bedroom is completely off limits to guests. Amazingly enough, our kitten doesn't like to scratch (she's an ankle biter hehe), so we let her on the furniture. She will NOT be allowed to go onto the kitchen counters. 8)
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Mine is no piles of junk on the table. It's for dining. Next, no glasses, no food, no feet on my coffee table. It's a mid-century Danish teak and oak table that I found in a second hand store for a small price. Did some research and discovered it was worth 3-4 times what I paid. It's a classic and in mint condition so until I find a way to ultra-protect it, nada - not even scratchy bottomed ceramics goes on it. I made sure to put side tables where folks don't need a coaster next to each seating space to make up for it. No jumping on furniture - don't know anyone who does that - and as someone else mentioned no feet on furniture. Kitty has her own pillows in each room that she perches on and it is clear that those are HERS.
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 9 years
Definitely no smoking in my apartment. I don't usually wear shoes around the apartment, but that's just personal preference.
misslarue misslarue 9 years
No shoes in the house.
dolceproserpine dolceproserpine 9 years
Pretty much every option given in the poll, plus no yelling/shouting, no jumping/stomping, no leaving personal effects out, and no harassment of the cats. The cats are exempt from all the rules, they do as they please. ^_~
omlove omlove 9 years
No shoes in the house, no piling junk anywhere though I end up doing it soemtimes, I use coasters but I wouldnt be that strict with the guests,definitely no jumping on the sofa though I dont know anyone who does that so hadnt thought about it until today. I dont think I know any smokers but I wouldnt be too happy if soemone smoked at my place so thats again a no-no.
catesugar catesugar 9 years
No smoking anywhere. No running in the house. No jumping in the house (including on anything in the house). No balls in the house. No throwing anything in the house. No playing near the fire. Walk downstairs holding the handrail. Dirty laundry goes in the washing basket.
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