“He cooks and cleans!”
Those four words are one of the highest compliments a girl can award to a guy, and that carries the same weight as “he gives great foot rubs,” or “he gave me diamonds just because” in girl-to-girl conversations.
So, unless you are hoping to attract the clone of your doting mother (mom jeans and all), here are a few tips that might work wonders in your residence, and possibly attract a girl who will at least make you sound good.
LaundryThere are a few things to address here, as many wretched odors originate from laundry habits. First of all, if your shirt of the day, found in a crumpled pile on your floor, only kind of passes the sniff-test, don’t wear it. That’s tempting fate too much. Secondly, when you wash your clothes, don’t forget about them after the wash cycle is over. Possibly the most repulsive smell found in a guy’s apartment is the musty, rotting smell of mildew, and the washing machine is the perfect place for this mold to spawn.
GarbageIt’s inevitable that garbage will emit an uninviting odor, but keep it to a dull rotting-corpse smell if possible. If you notice a jug of milk that’s about to explode in your fridge, long past its expiration date, don’t just throw the whole thing in the garbage. That’s a time bomb waiting to explode, and when it does, even your gag reflex will be triggered. It is better in the long run to pour the milk down your sink and run the water for a few minutes.
DishesPerhaps this is the biggest hurdle for college students. When Cheney was created, apparently the novelty of dishwashers was omitted from the master plan, and if by some odd chance they were thrown in, most of the models are from the late ’80s early ’90s era. So, there’s your sink: full of dishes, a sour-smelling sponge on standby, and no garbage disposal. But, it’s best to get in the habit of doing all of your dishes after you use them, despite how painful it is. Besides, if you adopt this practice, your roommates might mistake you for a clean-freak and follow suit.
BathroomWow, this is scary territory for girls. A guy’s bathroom can be a deal-breaker, so guys should find some latex gloves, an arsenal of 409, Scrubbing Bubbles and Comet and tackle this monster. And don’t even try to just pull the curtain shut and call it good, because girls are snoopers, and if the only clean spot in your shower is a distinct set of footprints where you stand every morning, they’re going to find out. Sweeping your bathroom isn’t a bad idea either, because there’s bound to be enough hair and mustache trimmings collecting in the corners to make a small bird’s nest. Oh, and put some soap out, and refill it.