10 Tips To Declutter Your Place Before Date Night

How to quickly turn your crash pad into a love den!
 
1. Do a Dirty Clothes Sweep
Does “Would you like to come up for a nightcap?” lead immediately to you thinking, Did I leave out my underwear? Are there dirty dishes in the sink? You can avoid this post-date/pre-make-out panic with some quick prep as a “just in case.” So, while you’re primping, spend a little time polishing and priming too! Chore number one: “Pick up any laundry ‘droppings’ and throw them in a hamper or laundry bag that you can tuck into a corner or closet,” says Sara Welch, author of Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection. “You want his focus to be on you -- and the bed -- not on picking his way through piles of dirty clothes.” If you forego other pre-date prep steps, this is the one not to skip -- it only takes about 60 seconds but has a huge visual payoff. And men are visual creatures.
 
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2. Clear the Bed of G-Rated Toys
Besides a laundry sweep, another must do is make your bed. If you have time, take the extra step to change the sheets so they are crisp and clean. “Assuming things go well, you’ll want your guest’s impression to be favorable in this area,” says Welch. “Resist the urge to put on anything frilly, pink or satin. Ideally you should have a comfy, man-friendly, high-thread-count set that you can use for special occasions. If you don’t, it might be worth the investment.” Also clear the bed of any G-rated extras. “Nothing throws a wet towel on romance faster than memorabilia like a collection of teddy bears on your bed or any other throwbacks to ‘tween years,’” says Christine Eisner, author of Comfort Living: A Back-to-Basics Guide to a More Balanced Lifestyle. Same thing goes with mountains of decorative pillows. While you may love them strewn all over your bed, they actually become more of a laughable impediment when you’re getting down to business. Toss a few on a nearby chair or in the closet before you head off on your date. You and your guest don’t need to stage a threesome with a giant accent pillow.
 
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