Talk about doing a little Spring Cleaning (cue bow chicka bow-bow soundtrack in the background)… New data from Decluttr — a tech buy-back and refurbished tech seller site — found that 44% of Americans prefer a clean home over having sex.
Decluttr surveyed over 1,000 Americans to better understand the importance of a clean home and cleanliness. Some highlights:
- 60% of people agree that a clean, organized bedroom makes them more likely to have sex
- 40% of respondents reporting that they’re likely to end a relationship with someone who has a cluttered and/or dirty home
- 56% of Americans say they’d rather live with their parents than live in a cluttered home
- More than 80% of Americans say they’d give up social media for a full year rather than have a disorganized home
Don’t let a dirty home get in the way of your relationship. Marie Kondo that thing, then spark some real joy!
It’s Not You, It’s Your Home: The Effect of Cleanliness on Relationships
According to the survey data, home organization and cleanliness has a significant impact on romantic relationships. In fact, 44% of respondents said that home cleanliness and organization is more important to their relationship than their sex life. Furthermore, doing household cleanup may even steam things up in the bedroom as more than half of all Americans agree they’re more likely to have sex with their partner after they’ve completed household chores. In addition, just over 60% of people agree that a clean, organized bedroom makes them more likely to have sex.
When it comes to dating, Americans are also hesitant to continue a relationship with someone whose household isn’t organized with 40% of respondents reporting that they’re likely to end a relationship with someone who has a cluttered and/or dirty home. Looks like abs aren’t the only detail that could use photoshopping in the dating app profile photo.
Spring Cleaning for Mental Health
Social trends have taken us from tiny house obsessions to getting rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy”. In this trending quest for living minimally, the theme of reducing the excess and unnecessary things in daily life goes far beyond a seasonal checkpoint. The survey results draw a strong correlation between mental health and an ordered home as 63% of Americans agree that clutter in their home causes anxiety and nearly half report it causes more stress than their work responsibilities. When it comes to what people would sacrifice for the peace of mind that a clean space brings, 82% of respondents would give up social media for a full year if it meant living in an organized home.
Treasure or Trash: The Items We Don’t Let Go
The average American estimates they’re holding onto $260 worth of unwanted tech in their homes. Yet and still, 32% of Americans throw their tech in the garbage when decluttering their home. Tech is the second most disposed of product category after shoes when doing the clean sweep in American homes. What we aren’t so quick to get rid of is a little harder to replace, with folks finding It most difficult to get trash or donate childhood memorabilia (45%), clothing (36%) and photos (31%).
Be sure to check out our tips for clearing all your clutter, and let us know your tried and true ways too. We love hearing from you!