Meet girl. Bring home. Get action. If only it were that simple. But each of those three steps presents challenges that can leave your bed empty. Right now, I want to address the second one. You see, just because a girl agrees to come to your place doesn’t mean she’ll stay. Your home says a lot about your level of awesome-ness, and it can work for or against you with the ladies. Here are 10 surefire turn-offs—and how you can turn them into turn-ons. Trust me, our newfound interest in seeing your bedroom will be so worth the effort.
1. Sketchy bathroom soap
Yes, details this small can send a girl for the door. No girl wants to wash her hands with a grimy bar of soap that she has to peel off the sink counter. Instead, head to your nearest drug store and get some simple pump hand soap. She’ll thank you for it—it just may not be with words.
Leave a week’s worth of food-crusted plates and bowls on display in the sink, and you’ll be lucky to even hug that girl you just brought home.
2. Lack of hand towels
Just because you use your daily shower towel to dry your hands, doesn’t mean your lady guests should. Aim to always have a clean hand towel hanging in your bathroom, so she doesn’t have to air-dry or risk exposure to your shower-towel germs. (Really, when’s the last time you ran it through the wash?)
3. Improperly oriented toilet seat
If you grew up with females in your household, you really should know this by now, and yet many guys seem to blow it. Put the toilet seat down, and your girl won’t have an awkward and embarrassing falling-into-the-bowl-in-the-middle-of-the-night incident. Also, the more immaculate it is, the more impressed we will be.
4. Poorly stocked kitchen
Just because you’re not cooking a fancy dinner for your date doesn’t mean she won’t notice a juvenile kitchen. And if she sees rotting food, a fridge holding only Chinese leftovers or orange juice so old it’s fermented, she just might bail. Have a kitchen stocked with at least the basics—late night snacks or even breakfast treats. And hey, would a bottle or two of fine wine kill ya?
5. Dirty dishes
So you don’t like doing dishes. Who does? But leave a week’s worth of food-crusted plates and bowls on display in the sink—complete with buzzing flies—and you’ll be lucky to even hug that girl you just brought home. Planning on a date or a night out that might end with a tour of your apartment? Take the five minutes you spend gelling your hair and use them to tidy up.