How to prepare for a date – start with your home!
The saying goes that ‘home is where the heart is’ – and it seems it’s true; in a survey of 1500 EliteSingles members almost 1 in 3 said they could be attracted to someone based on their living quarters! Yet it’s not as superficial as it sounds. After all, the way someone decides to decorate their home tends to reflect their personality, personal pride and taste, so it’s no wonder that an attractive home creates a halo effect, casting the homemaker in a positive light.
How to prepare for a date
Creating a warm, welcoming space doesn’t necessarily take a lot of time or money. It’s all about creating a clean and tidy space with a bit of character.
Household heroes: the 10 most attractive household features
Thirty-two percent of singles said it was possible to be attracted to a partner based on their living space, and the following items were thought to be most alluring:
1. Well-equipped kitchen
2. Family pictures
4. Well-stocked bookshelves
6. Travel paraphernalia
7. Musical instruments
8. Designer furniture
9. Vintage furniture
10. Hand-made items
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Household horrors: the ultimate turn-offs
On the other end of the scale, 51% of survey respondents said they would be prepared to walk away from a potential partnership if their living space wasn’t up to scratch.
According to the survey men voted motivational notes as the biggest household horror (25% of votes), followed by stuffed animals (23%) and too many cosmetics (13%). Floral patterns and kitsch, girly decorations were also listed as offending household features. Women pointed to a different set of no-go items; an empty-looking apartment received 63% of the votes, followed by the presence of a video game console (9%) and ugly colours (8%). The survey also revealed that men wanting to prepare for a date ought to avoid having bare walls and empty fridges.
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