Every front door should have a door mat.
A welcome mat is a sign. You’re leaving the outside world, about to enter the inside. Things will be more calm, more peaceful, more clean. You use the welcome mat to wipe the dirt off your shoes, wipe the grime from your rubber soles, wipe the frustration away. You are home now. You have reached your safe haven.
I’m guessing that the welcome mat was a practical solution to a common inconvenience - “How do you stop mud and dirt from coming into your house?” You wipe the bottom of your shoes off. However, if you have gone out shopping for welcome mats, you know they go beyond your basic, bargain-priced welcome mat to luxurious welcome mats that cost more than I spend at the market each week.
So what does it say about a dwelling if there is no welcome mat? Do the occupants not care about tracking dirt through the house? Do the residents immediately take off their shoes and find such a mat useless and thus a waste of money? Do these residents just not care about details, about the message that a welcome mat sends to those visiting one’s house?
Then there is the flip side. People who use welcome mats much the way they utilize the frame around their car’s license plate - to get a message across. There are people who change their doormats to match the seasons and match the holidays. There are people who use their doormats to advertise their family’s name and number of children.
For whatever the reason, these houses utilize a welcome mat with a message. While on my neighborhood walks, I have found several welcome mats that caught my attention. Here’s my list of recently-spotted, noteworthy welcome mats:
- Welcome to the jungle.
- Wipe your paws.
- Buzz off.
- Keep it green.
- Got dirt?
- Nice underwear
The welcome mat - practical, clean, and funny. You can’t say that about too many things.