“It’s the equivalent of bad breath, body odor and being a bad kisser,” says organizing and lifestyle expert Dana Korey, founder of Away with Clutter. “If a space is messy, it may make a potential partner wonder what else is a mess in the resident’s life.” If you’re already a couple and the bedroom is filled with unpaid bills, filthy clothes and half-completed projects, “your mind is screaming, ‘Do laundry/pay bills/finish projects,’” says Korey. And if you can’t relax, you can’t get busy. So go through your stuff and decide what to toss and donate and where to store what you want to keep with this advice on how to declutter.
2. Family Photos in Your Bedroom
You love your parents, siblings and kids, but the thought of them “watching” you in action can zap your sex drive. “Keep only photos of you and your partner in the bedroom,” says Salvator Manzi, a Feng Shui expert who harmonizes spaces through color, imagery and spatial arrangement. Try pictures of “you two on a favorite vacation. Or to spur feelings of warmth, comfort and sensuality, try using nature scenes, flowers or artwork with smooth curves and warm colors.” Also remember that the first thing you see upon entering a room sets the mood, so place these images somewhere attention-grabbing.