He discovered the culprit: a pack of chicken breasts well past their due date.Davis, who lives in his own bachelor pad, said he has a routine to prepare for company.He washes and stows laundry, cleans his bathroom and even makes a point to freshen the air."I couldn't see myself dating someone who just lets their living quarters turn into a dump, because I'm definitely not like that at all," he said.
Bringing a new love interest over to your apartment for the first time can be daunting. And 70 percent of men and 82 percent of women agreed that a messy apartment was the biggest turnoff."If your place is messy, the initial first impression is that you don't care enough about your environment to take care of it," said Lesli Doares, a marriage and relationship coach based in Raleigh, N. "That's a reflection of your character and what matters to you."While no one should expect a date's apartment to be spick-and-span, if you know someone is coming over and you didn't straighten up, that's disrespectful, Doares said. Wilma Matheney, 30, of Pekin, Ill., remembers what it was like visiting bachelor pads in the days before she met her husband."I had become accustomed to being hit with the scent of what I refer to as 'man-funk,'" she said.
This is especially true if the visit is spontaneous. If you're pressed for time and need to prioritize your cleaning, grab a sponge and head to the bathroom. While living in Washington, she dated a few guys whose apartments were relatively clean but whose bathrooms made gas station restrooms look acceptable."I would walk into a guy's place, and you know, it's clean enough. One guy she dated held a reputable job at a university, dressed smart and spoke eloquently. But when Matheney finally visited his apartment, he, too, had the man-funk.
The results: 82 percent of respondents said they pay the closest attention to cleanliness. It's mind-blowing to me."A clean apartment is distinguishable not only by sight, but also smell — or really the lack thereof.
A recent survey by asked 1,000 single Americans what turns them on and off about a date's apartment. "There would be a ring in the shower or just hair all over the place.
According to the survey, 45 percent of respondents said a clean bathroom was their biggest turn-on. She said that while the guy's apartment was tidy, the odor was disconcerting."You wouldn't think it makes that much of a difference, but I still remember it seven years later," Matheney said.
While bachelors may garner a bad reputation for their grubby homes, bachelorette pads can be just as gross."I remember a time when I went over to a girl's apartment to watch a movie, and there was a foul stench that smelled like something was rotting," said Luke Davis, 25, of Tulsa, Okla."I asked her about it, and she said, 'Yeah, it's somewhere in the kitchen, but I can't find it.'"Davis sat there a little longer, continuing to watch the movie, until he just couldn't take the smell anymore.He marched into the kitchen to investigate."I open her fridge, and (the smell) hits me," Davis said.Anna Jordan dated a guy about five years ago who was a magician, a trait she admits she found questionable in and of itself.But ultimately, that wasn't the weird part of the relationship.The guy lived with a married couple about 15 years his senior.