As Elena Morgan explained in her article for The Good Life, when you bring a woman over to your home, you want it to properly convey your independence and style. What you don’t want is for your surroundings to make the woman you want to spend more time with feel an urge to run away. According to her article, the three main things a woman pays attention to when she visits a bachelor pad is its cleanliness, personality and comfort.
If you’re currently reading this post at your place, take a look around and see what you think a woman would grade you on each of those factors. Think you’d receive at least one D or F? The good news is as long as you keep reading, you’ll learn exactly what you need to change in order to transform your place from a potential hazmat zone into somewhere that you can be proud to bring a woman you’re interested in.
But It’s My Place!
Look, if you want your pad to look like where Steve Carell’s character lived in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, more power to you. Just don’t complain when you invite a girl over for dinner and wine, only to have her leave within fifteen minutes of getting there because of an “emergency” phone call. The reality of dating is most women want to be with a man and not a boy. They also want to feel comfortable in the place where they know they’ll be spending a lot of time if the two of you get anywhere near serious.
Does this mean you have to completely strip your personality out of your place? Absolutely not! In fact, whatever collections or other things you’re into don’t necessarily have to go away. Instead, you just need to take a page out of the married guy’s handbook and create a man cave for yourself. This will allow you to fully enjoy all the stuff you like without it completely overtaking your entire house or apartment. And because your man cave will be conveniently located in a spare bedroom, it will also allow you to show your special lady that side of your personality when the time is right.
Start with the Living Room
Since this is going to be the first place a woman sees when she comes over for the first time, as well as where the two of you may spend several hours talking and enjoying some wine, it’s the best place to start your makeover. If you’re worried about cost, keep in mind that there’s nothing wrong with getting lightly used furniture from Craigslist. Additionally, if you’re in need of a nice TV or stereo, using a Best Buy coupon from GreatDeals.com will bring the price way down.
Don’t Neglect the Bedroom
If you’ve been sleeping on the same sheets for the last few years, you should walk into your bedroom, take them off, put them in the trash and then go get new ones from somewhere like Target or a department store. And if you have clothes strewn all over your floor, it’s also worth picking up some hangers and a large laundry basket. Bonus points for grabbing some nice candles and an air freshener that plugs into the wall!
Small Touches and General Cleanliness Go a Long Way
In terms of the kitchen, bathroom and any other areas of your place, the two most important things to remember are to have some nice touches and keep everything clean. For example, make sure that your bathroom has hand soap and a towel by the sink. Also avoid letting dirty dishes pile up in the kitchen or old towels accumulate in the floor of your bathroom. While you can probably get away with only doing a full clean of your place once a week, if you’re too busy or simply know that you’ll never stick to that schedule, it’s definitely worth hiring a maid to come by once every 7 to 10 days.
Whether you’re a college student or a professional in your thirties, living on your own can be quite nice. Just be sure that you avoid crossing the line from comfortable to slobby. And although it may take a little bit of upfront work, once you follow the advice we covered and spruce up your place, you’ll be quite happy with the positive reaction you get when ladies visit it for the first time!
Rodney Tuttle is a blogger and SMB marketing consultant. Although he’s now been married for 7 years, he still remembers when he decided to put his huge model car collection safely away in storage and actually put some effort into making his bachelor pad look good.
I’ve been looking through a lot of old pictures recently — albums that I thought were all but lost were still sitting in the bottom of packed boxes in the basement from TWO YEARS AGO. Maybe even three, if you count the move before that.
In looking through these old albums, my brain turned to a LOT of old memories from high school. Now, I don’t have a lot of friends left from high school (it was a weird transition for me, moving to a new school, and I was a really weird outcast), but I had fun at our formal dressfirst events and dances. Oh my, the homecoming dresses. OH MY, THE HORROR OF THE HOMECOMING DRESSES. With the exception of THE Red Dress. More on that later.
I can’t be the only one with really weird memories of these life events, right? Winter formal in 10th grade, I spend nearly $100 to get my hair professionally done, only for it to look like the hole of a bee hive (and subsequently wear a low ponytail to the dance). First homecoming at my new school, I borrowed a teal sequin dress from a friend which should have had me banned from school, given its short length. Junior prom I had a weave (or whatever you call those banana clips with the long curls attached to it). My dress to that dance had sheer black sleeves and an open back. The 90s, amirite?! Another junior prom, the “party crew” of the class got together afterwards for a house party (my dress was handmade by an aunt, replicated from something I saw in a magazine), where I ended up having pennies thrown at me from a change jar. Still, really, a WTF thing, among many others from high school.
Senior prom with HSS, finding the PERFECT long red dress… only to see the same one on the girl who tried to steal my boyfriend. If I remember correctly, I saw it on at least three other girls (anyone have VHS to check the tapes?).
Have any fun (or terrible) memories from your high school dances?
Kick the Bucket: #11 complete!
AND IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME!
True Story: I was one of “those girls” who gave you the wrong number in the bar, when I didn’t really want you to call me.
That number was either: a) a quickly made-up number, b) a pizza delivery number (seriously, thanks Pizza Pan!), c) the local police station (even truer story!) or d) an old cell number (it was easy to remember!). I was also that girl who went out and purchased a second cell phone used to cheat on her boyfriend with a guy from the bar that I DID want to call me, but that’s not here-nor-there. OK, it’s there, and it was stupid and shitty and immature, but it happened, and I can’t take it back.
Before the days of social media and reverse phone lookup — and, sadly, this blog’s popularity — I could get away with these despicable acts of dating.
Awkward? Meh, not really. Or at least not until I saw you again and discovered the usefulness in that second phone. Difficult? Yes. Who is this again?! Necessary? Abso-fucking-lutely.
But having a second mobile number probably would have made dating a little bit easier back in my game-playing days.
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“This is the place you go to if you’re wearing pink underwear.”
I was wondering if I had too much to drink, hearing that direct quote from our party (ahem, boyfriend). But we all played along with the I Wonder What Kind of Underwear She Has On game. And could pinpoint the women in the room who were wearing the pink underwear.
BOY, WERE WE HAVING A NIGHT!
Back to that aforementioned champagne lounge.
Looking around, we realized that this bar had all the makings of a pick-up place. And a date place. We looked around and evaluated everyone from the cocktail waitress to those old Mean Girls (who I wrote about here) to the awkward, mismatched couple evidently on their first date (dessert date!) and the sweet glamourous older couple (man, this woman was wearing a FABULOUS emerald green skirt suit. FAB!). This could only lead to a tipsier male-female discussion, of course: What Kind of Woman Are You Based on Your Undergarments.
The boyfriend seemed to have to many opinions on the “type” of women who wear pink under-things. Certain people were boring or predictable. Others were trying too hard (hello, waitress whose underwear I could see through your pants!). But mostly, these women were nearly ALL pink underwear-wearers. And no, I was NOT going to participate in what kind of panties Green Classy Lady was wearing. Ladies, did you know that not only are you labeled a certain type of female, but there is an underwear style attached to it? BECAUSE THIS IS A THING!
And then there are those who wear none. I can’t even.
For the record, I am not one of these pink ladies. Sure, I own a matching hot pink set, but I am not that type. I know what you meant, boyfriend! I am quite proud of my low-rise bikini briefs. For my size, my ass is curvy, and I can’t pull off boy shorts anymore (which were my previous faves) and g-strings can suck my crotch because that’s about all they do for me. Those things are NOT comfortable. I don’t care what lengths you will go to discuss that benefit with me.
So what does that type say about me?
Stop judging me before I kick you in your balls, that’s what.
AND, I LIKE COMFORT, DAMMIT!
So… what type of underwear are you?