Salespeople, please move along. You’re not welcome here

SOLICITATION sucks. No, I'm not talking about prostitution although, given my record of columns mentioning both a moral high ground in terms of so little clothing being donned by youth and interesting hijinks in general, that's a fair guess.

Actually, that kind of solicitation has some pros (as I found out watching an artsy documentary at an event a while ago), assuming you forget about the herpes and illegality part.

Instead of illegal sex swapping I'm talking about door-to-door solicitation by salespeople.

And it's always things you probably don't need for your house. Then again, as I'm a 20-something female with a penchant for holding on to her pennies, I don't think I'm the target market for whatever is in their brochure or their state-of-the-art yard equipment anyway.

As is always the case, the one time you're in that lovely day or two space between coming back from holidays and heading back to work, you'll hear that knock on the door.

Why do I hate people coming to my residence? For starters, I have to (well, should for all decency) put on clothes other than pyjamas to answer the door.

It seems to be the perfect time for not only salespeople but parcel deliveries and religious door knockers to rock up.

Why do I hate people coming to my residence? For starters, I have to (well, should for all decency) put on clothes other than pyjamas to answer the door.

Secondly, I don't care enough. I don't want to investigate the product they may want to sell me... and tacky reality television isn't going to watch itself.

Also, my home is my safe place. I'm comfortable at home and not just because it means I don't have to wear a bra or shoes.

It's somewhere where I don't have to deal with people I don't want to.

Lastly, weighing up whether the live-in fluffy white pooch is going to run out the door and jump on the dodgy-looking front yard invader if I open it isn't a relaxing way to end a holiday.

This week I had such a space of time at home before heading back into work, but with the front door and nearby blind being closed, visitors would have been none the wiser about my being home.

I know other people who have had holidays in their own home by employing such a tactic, and I highly recommend it.

The alternative... clean out your home and try selling something you no longer want to the next uninvited visitor.

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