Spring clean your love life

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Did you know that more than 3 in 5 Americans feel that someone with a dirty home is a bigger turn-off than someone with a dirty mind?* That’s 62% of people who are unimpressed with mess! Maybe it’s time to get started on that spring cleaning after all?

You’ve progressed to the important stage of your relationship: you’ve moved past the nerve-racking first date, the fun but awkward getting-to-know-you days, and may have even attempted the mutual introduction to friends.

But all of the impressing and charming you’ve done so far may amount to nothing if your abode isn’t in love mode. Inviting your paramour into your sanctuary is opening up your personal space to their scrutiny –  and the state of your home can make all the difference!

If more than 3 in 5 Americans feel that someone with a dirty home is a bigger turn-off than someone with a dirty mind, this is not so great news for those who don’t feel the need to hide the empty pizza boxes before guests come over. To help those unsure if their residence is holding up the cleanliness stakes, we’ve put together a handy visual reference guide so you can find out whether you live in a love nest or if you are a hot mess!

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Room #1 –  The Living Room:

Clean and clear couch, no messy stacks of papers or books, and a recently vacuumed carpet? Looks like your place might be closer to that love nest! A few “cozy” touches here and there are definitely not frowned upon. It’s when your living room looks more like a storage room that you’re getting close to hot mess territory.

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Room #2 – The Kitchen:

We can all be a bit lazy with the dishes every once in a while (or once in a week), but if your surfaces have more crumbs and food scraps on them than clean space, your garbage has been left to sit for weeks, and your dirty dishes are attracting flies, then it might be time for a clean up!

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Room #3 – The Bathroom:

Room #3: Often the bathroom can lack the right storage, so it’s understandable that things can get a bit messy. Toiletries and other products need to be accessible, and if you don’t have enough space for them, then they can start to become an eyesore. It’s when your guests would rather use the public washroom at a fast food restaurant than battle the grime and dirt in your bathroom, that it’s probably time to declutter and clean out some junk.

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Room #4 – The Bedroom:

The bedroom. This room is your one real private and personal space, so you can definitely relax some. But do you really want guests to have to climb over piles of dirty clothes, half-unpacked suitcases, and various sporting goods just to navigate the room? A clean and tidy bedroom can also help you relax – when your home is decluttered then it’s much easier to also declutter your mind!

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So check around you… is the clutter taking over and ruining your chances of a good impression? If a dirty home really is more of a turn off than a dirty mind, you don’t want to have your messy space be the deal breaker. This is a great reminder that before you decide to show your date your humble abode, you should check the clutter levels!

If you’re looking for some great tips to help you declutter, then we can help! Check out the following blog posts:

Spring into spring cleaning

Tips for cleaning out your junky car

Tips for decluttering your garage

How to break free from kitchen clutter

Tidy for love

How to organize your medicine cabinet

Declutter your work space

It’s ‘fall’ about yard organization

*According to a survey by Wakefield research for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Alana Free is a PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and sister companies You Move Me and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING. While seemingly a mild-mannered geek who believes that Goonies never say die, Alana is actually a member of a secret league of Australians slowly taking over North America. You can connect with her via LinkedIn.