Is Your Apartment Relationship-Ready? 5 Ways to Make Sure

updated Apr 30, 2019
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You may be ready for a relationship, but what about your apartment? If dating is on your mind more than ever, it may be a good time to make some home improvements. You don’t need to do much to turn your home into a date-friendly abode; a few simple changes can make a huge difference. From bedding upgrades to organizational changes, here’s how to make your apartment more relationship-ready.

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Cozy Up

If you hope to start spending more time in Netflix and chill mode with a new beau, the first step is to treat yourself to cozier bedding. Overhaul your comforter, get softer sheets and plumper pillows, and turn your bed into the cuddle corner of your dreams. Perfect for Friday night movie marathons and pre-breakfast Sunday morning snuggles. And the best part? Whether you end up settling down or staying single, your bed will still be your new favorite place.

Make the Mood

Along with cozying up your bedroom, investing in some mood lighting in your apartment will make your home super date-friendly. Think well-placed string lights in your bedroom, or dimmable lighting in your living room or dining area. You can use your new mood lighting to up the ambiance during a romantic dinner for two, or make TV nights that much more snug.

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Invest in Scents

You’re making your apartment look cozier, so don’t skip this crucial step and make sure your home smells as pleasing as it is on the eye. There are plenty of ways to get your apartment smelling amazing—think incense, candles, air fresheners, essential oil diffusers, and simmering spices (especially in the fall).

Clear out Clutter

When you make last-minute plans with a date to hang out at your place, the last thing you want is to be rushing around trying to clean up before they arrive. Make it easier on yourself by getting rid of excess clutter. Go through your things in your free time, and start throwing out, recycling and giving away anything that you don’t wear, use or need. The less stuff you have collecting dust, the less you have to worry about picking up when company comes over.

Save Space

You don’t need to do this right away, but if you’re in the new-but-sort-of-serious stage of a new bae staying over often, it can’t hurt to set aside a little extra space for them. Leave a little room in your dresser—or make sure your stuff can easily be condensed—for their clothes and some bathroom counter space for a toothbrush, and you’ll ensure they feel welcome and appreciated.

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