Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.
Proverbs 14:4 (NLT)
For the record, I like a clean and well organized environment. Whether it’s at home or at work, I find it more peaceful and efficint when things around me are not cluttered and chaotic. I do not, however, feel the need to live in a museum. I never want my home to be a place in which I or any of my guests are afraid to touch, walk, soil, stain, spill, or generally mess up the feng shui.
The Vander Well home is intended to be a place of life. Our house is meant to be fully “lived” in. In my experience, if you are living life, then things are going to get crazy, chaotic, and occasionally messy. I love a clean and organized environment, but I find that an abundance of life usually makes it hard to keep things that way at all time.
So, when you come in the door of our home you may kick off the shoes if by doing so you are making yourself feel more at home. But don’t do so out of fear of breaking the museum rules.