As the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, many things have changed. Nowadays people are more focused on frequent handwashing and sanitizing services. The coronavirus does spread via airborne droplets and surfaces, which makes most people far more aware of the cleanliness of surfaces. In this article, we will explore things to avoid touching in someone else’s house.
Many of the things listed you should avoid touching not only for sanitary reasons but also because it is considered rude. As a visitor, you should always be respectful of someone else’s home and their personal space.
8. The Door
When you first arrive at someone’s house, you should ring the doorbell or knock. Wait for them to invite you into the home. If you are worried about germs, use a hand sanitizer or wipe to clean your finger after you ring the doorbell. If your host should invite you in, then you can grab the doorknob and let yourself into the home.
Upon entering through the front door, always take the time to wipe your feet off on a rug or remove your shoes. In most areas of the world, it is considered rude to wear shoes indoors. Also, with COVID-19, many people are hyper-aware of bringing in germs into the home’s interior on the soles of shoes.
7. The Bedroom
The bedroom is always off-limits in a home unless they host invites you into the private bed chamber. However, in some homes such as a studio apartment or tiny flat, there might be no choice because the bedroom also serves as the living area. However, if even if the bed is in the middle of the living space, do not sit on the bed unless you are invited by the owner.
Many people store their guests’ coats in their bedroom. It is not unheard of to toss coats on the bed in a spare room. In such a situation, entering the bedroom to leave your coat or pick it up is perfectly acceptable. However, always wait to make sure that this is what your host is planning.
6. The Floor
It is not uncommon for many households to allow no shoes inside the home. If your host is not wearing shoes in their home, then you should ask if they want you to slip off your shoes inside. However, if your host has on shoes then it is typically safe to assume that you can leave your shoes on.
Even if you take off your shoes, never be so forward as to place your socked or bare feet on the couch, chair, coffee table, or any other furnishings in the home. Your feet should always remain on the floor to show respect.
5. Cabinets and Refrigerator
Never look in someone’s refrigerator or kitchen cabinets. If you want a beverage or you are hungry, ask before helping yourself. Even if you plan to stay for dinner, you should always wait until you are served before eating.
If you are visiting the home for dinner, always eat the food that is provided. Do not ask for anything else. Ideally, you should bring a beverage or gift if you have been invited for dinner as a gift of appreciation and gratitude. You should never show up as a dinner guest empty-handed without giving the host something.
Take the time to offer to help cook, set the table, or clean up. Never act as if your host is only a server. Instead, pitch in to help.
4. Windows or Thermostat
Even if you are hot, never open the windows of someone else’s home or turn up/down the thermostat. Instead, ask the host if they can open a window or turn on a fan. Try to plan by bringing a jacket or sweater if it’s cold outside, because the inside of the home might also be uncomfortably frigid.
Never look in the drawers of a desk or bathroom cabinet. It is an invasion of privacy. Instead, stay out of the private space of the homeowner. Even if you visit the bathroom, never look in the drawers or medicine cabinet.
2. Mail or Papers
It might seem tempting to pick up a paper or envelope and look at the item, but it is snoopy. You should avoid touching any paperwork or bills in someone else’s home.
Never smoke in someone else’s home. Always go outside to have a cigarette. Also, if you see a pack of cigarettes in the home, do not pick them up. Never just help yourself to the host’s private property.