One of my favorite things about this job is getting to make custom rugs that are meaningful for people, and I especially enjoy reading the inside jokes that people get for their loved ones. As long as it's not offensive, someone else's trademark, or overly complicated, I try to make my customer's requests come to life. Occasionally, I'll get a request that I just can't get behind, and they usually fall into one of these five categories:
1. PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE REMINDERS FOR YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER
Even I've had a moment where I thought this was a good idea. Does anyone else live with a tea drinker who heats up a mug of hot water 100x a day and forgets about it? There is ALWAYS a mug sitting in my microwave and at first I thought this mat was quite practical. However, there's a fine line between helpful and nagging, and this is a very slippery slope. There is not enough surface area in the house to remind me of all my bad habits, and I'm sure my fiance would gladly submit requests for several, ranging from "20% is not a full charge" to "Remember to chew more quietly."
2. PHRASES THAT GREEN-LIGHT ROBBERS
I mean, perhaps my mats suggest you are forgetful by nature, but there's a difference between easing your anxiety about leaving on appliances and "HEY ROB ME THE DOOR IS FREQUENTLY UNLOCKED." Same goes with requests for things like "don't leave your keys in the door" and "close the garage," I'm concerned you are just giving people ideas at that point.
3. TMI REMINDERS THAT MAY BE A BIT MUCH FOR HOUSE GUESTS
As much as I want the business, there are some things that just warrant a more timely phone alarm. The other requests I get in this category are for bath mats, unsurprisingly with some sort bathroom humor, and unfortunately I am not blessed with any sense of humor as it relates to bodily functions. I'll just say that it's amazing what information people are willing to advertise via their home decor.
4. DEEP AND/OR LENGTHY INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES
The idea behind a remindoor mat is a quick, lighthearted reminder for people who tend to be running out the door. So I never really felt it was on-brand to stop these chronically late people in their tracks to read flowery prose. I'd argue you should remember your keys, phone , wallet, etc. before remembering to sail confidently in the direction of your dreams, but that's just me.
5. BIRTHDAY/ANNIVERSARY/SPECiAL DATE REMINDERS
I've received a few messages asking for rugs that remind someone of important dates relating to their significant other, and I'm hoping these are self-deprecating well-received gag gifts, but still. While you may think reminding yourself of this will get you points, you're also giving your spouse a 364 day reminder that you're kind of the worst, so I don't think these will be a shop regular anytime soon.
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