Decorating Mistakes that Can Hurt Your Sex Life
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Evil Twin2 of 11
It's understandable wanting, even needing, to accept hand-me-downs from your parents. And while "recycling" their old dishware, towels and even artwork is cost-effective, you must draw the line at a twin bed. While they were perfectly logical in junior high, when slumber parties were frequent, they don't make sense for adulthood. No guy wants to be intimate in a teeny-tiny bed, much less spend the rest of the night sleeping alone… in the other one.
Purr-fect3 of 11
You'll have to look hard to find a man who calls himself a true cat lover. But even if the new guy in your life said he's OK with your feline friend, he probably isn't OK with a dirty litter box in your living room, a fridge covered in photos of your "baby" or, god forbid, posters of cats on your walls. So while it's all right to keep Whiskers around, don't let him run the place.
Black Thumb4 of 11
If you can't keep a bamboo plant—which experts say is the lowest-maintenance variety around—alive, then don't bother trying. It's better to succumb to your inabilities than to have a house full of sad, wilting plants in dried-up pots. Instead, pick up fresh flowers just ahead of your guy's arrival and cut the stems at an angle, making sure no leaves get submerged underwater. They may only last a few days, but at least they'll be bright, colorful and alive.
Under Wraps5 of 11
Even men who have been married for years probably aren't thrilled to discover an open box of Tampons, pads or other feminine products on the bathroom counter. Cabinets were designed for this very reason. If for some reason your bathroom doesn't have built-in storage, then invest in a stylish box that you can place artfully in the corner, and fill it with those things that only women need to see.
Pink Slip6 of 11
If your childhood obsession with pink never went away, then you're going to need to tone it down in order to make a guy feel comfortable. Ken probably never wanted to live in Barbie's dream house, and chances are that no guy you meet will want to inhabit your bubblegum boudoir either. The same can be said for florals, which in moderation can be lovely—and even tolerated by most alpha males—but if your home reeks of girliness, then he'll have a hard time envisioning himself there long-term.
No Kidding Around7 of 11
It can be hard for young children to let go of their baby blanket, doll or beloved stuffed animal. But you're not in preschool anymore, so you really shouldn't be cuddling with a ratty lovie, raggedly doll or battered bear. Moreover, you should not be proudly displaying said objects on your bed like trophies. If you do, then the man in your life may start thinking of you as a kindergartener, which is definitely not a good thing.
Estrogen Overdose8 of 11
Most women love Jennifer Weiner novels, Nancy Meyers movies and Norah Jones ballads, but too much of a good thing is a bad thing. If your collection of rom-coms, beach reads and Lilith Fair compilations is large enough for your own pop-up shop, then do yourself a favor and keep them out of sight. To send an entirely different message, consider casually displaying a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey on your coffee table instead.
Ex Factor9 of 11
No matter how many times you swear on your life that you and your ex (or exes!) are "just friends," no man is going want to see photos of him (or them)—especially framed ones—around your house. Nor will he want to stumble across tear-stained love letters, dried bouquets of flowers, or ticket stubs from concerts you attended together. If you must keep these things to look back on when you're 80, then put them in a box, seal it with packing tape, and stuff it in the back of your closet.
Trash Talk10 of 11
Most days you work long hours, hit the gym and then fall into bed after scarfing down whatever you can find in your fridge. But that's no excuse for leaving dirty dishes in the sink, wastebaskets overflowing with trash, or a wig's worth of hair in your shower. Even if you don't consider yourself a neat person, take the time to tidy up before inviting a man into your home. If your place is dirtier than his, then you'll have a problem.
Help Yourself11 of 11
All women have insecurities—physical, financial, even intellectual—but there's no need to advertise your self-doubts. Framed posters of runners crossing the finish line emblazoned with words like success and determination are fine for doctor's offices, but they're a little earnest—and dare we say cheesy—for your house. Likewise, bookcases filled with tomes like He's Just Not That Into You and Women Who Worry Too Much—though no doubt valuable—could raise red flags.
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