Posted September 17, 2012 by RentJungle

Whether you like it or not, you are what surrounds you. Your apartment can tell people a lot about you, and if you are planning on bringing dates or friends home, you might want to consider what image you are putting across. Here are five ways to help change your apartment and, in the long run, alter the reputation you earn through what's in your home.


5. Tidy? Untidy? Or Filthy?
Go check your bathroom right now, I'll wait. Are there any spent toilette paper rolls lying around? How about giant soap stains in the sink? Hair-clogged drains? Overflowing trash? A cluttered mess of cleaning supplies on every surface? This will tell your guests one thing: run! A little bit of a disheveled bathroom tells your guests you are human, but an insanely messy one will tell them you're unhygienic. Keep it clean.


4. Hoarder vs Purger
The only thing worse than having nothing in an apartment (no food, furniture, etc) is having too much (piles of newspapers, birthday cakes from 3 years ago, every computer you've owned since 1992...). If your guests can barely walk through your apartment due to the amount of junk you have, they will get the impression that you need psychiatric help. If there is nothing in the apartment at all, they'll think you never learned how to live on your own and are in serious need of help. This is not to say that living a minimalist lifestyle, but rather that you need to have all the things necessary to survive, not less.


3. Pictures of Family
Showcasing pictures of family and friends lets your guests know you can keep good and consistent relationships, and that you have a stable backup system. It also says that you are responsible enough to keep up with relationships, and shows your value of people in your inner-circle.


2. Books and Art
Some people find a lack of a bookcase a red flag. Others see a lack of art (paintings, decorations, statues, glassware etc) a sign that you are uncultured. The contents of your bookcase will let your guests know what you're into, and the art style speaks to what you find interesting and beautiful. Take some time to develop both!


1. Age Appropriate Decor
If you are 22 and have every video game system ever made in your living room, you will be a hero. If you are 45 and have the same, your guests might think you never grew up. There's nothing wrong with having a a consistent hobby, but you must also realize that people might get the impression that you have too much time on your hands. The opposite goes for a 22 year old with middle-aged apartment decor: guest might wonder if you've ever let loose enough to have fun.

No matter how you look at it, your guests will judge you based on the content of your apartment. Take some time to make your apartment yours, and know that a little effort goes a long way. The most important thing is to be true to yourself, and try to give a fair image of who you are, and what you value.

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