New Motivation to Keep Your Place Clean
For most people cleaning up is not the most fun they can think of, but it is part of being an adult and living on your own. That being said, sometimes we let it slide. But one survey found that 61 percent of men have kept guests out of their place because of the mess. Sometimes this might mean ending a date early instead of asking a girl up simply because the place is a mess…and that just seems unnecessary.
If you keep your home or apartment clean you won’t ever have to worry about that sort of thing. And keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be completely spotless at any given moment, because after all it is being lived in. You just don’t want to get in the habit of not taking out the garbage, washing the sheets, or getting rid of the mold in your shower, for example.
For some women a messy home is truly a dating deal breaker, so that is something to keep in mind. Some surveys have found that 78 percent of people say that a dirty apartment is their biggest turn off, and 67 percent say that “a nice apartment would make them more interested in a potential partner.”
Those are pretty extreme numbers, and unlike something like you know, your face, a clean apartment is actually a pretty easy thing to change. We might as well be taking advantage of the things that we can. If there is any motivation to keep a clean house, improving your dating life is probably a pretty good one.
Other research has shown that living in a messy space can cause insomnia and depression, which we really don’t need more of in the world. Strangely, for people who are depressed cleaning up can feel like a way bigger chore than it is, which then just results in more depression. If that’s your issue you might want to try setting a timer for an amount of cleaning that you can commit to, even if it’s just five minutes. You might find that once you get started you’ll be willing to put in a little more work, and that it might actually make you feel better after all.
There is of course, the theory that creative people thrive in places with a little more clutter than in very stale environments, but there is a big difference in something being lived in and dirty. And of course increasing your messiness isn’t going to make you more creative, so don’t assume your unmade bed is doing you any favors.
Other research has found that people who make the bed in the morning are happier and more productive. One survey of 68,000 people found that only 27 percent of people actually make their bed when they get up, but if you’re not one of them you might want to try it. Making the bed is a pretty easy chore, and it can draw the line between the sleep world and the real world and help you to jumpstart your day with a clean slate.
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About Kate Ferguson Kate Fergus is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blogs and online magazines. When she's not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce.