I loved this feature, although I hated how time-consuming and/or money-wasting it was. I would always stock up on Max Repel then go back and forth through the route trying to run in every tile e_e
If they ever do a RSE remake, I wish they would make it somewhat easier. Maybe in those meteor craters, have it so the soot builds up and you can get like 12 steps worth in each four-tile crater or something, Idk.
I never did get a Pretty Desk or Pretty Chair but I've always really wanted them :s