It was Cary Grant who famously said that it takes five hundred small details to add up to one favourable impression. This is why a successful lounge lothario will pay special attention to his Bachelor Pad. When a woman enters your domain you don’t want her distracted by things that you could have fixed. And it’s not just women that need to be impressed, it’s all guests regardless of gender.
This is about making a good impression as a well dressed man about town who has style, grace and sophistication.
1. Change The Sheets
Nothing says uneducated and unhygienic slob than dirty, smelly and stained sheets.
I always say that you don’t need a lot to make a good impression but you do need good quality.
Buy two sets of medium priced sheets that are plain and change them weekly.
2 Ensure The Bathroom Is In Good Order
When guests visit or stay overnight they should never be forced to go searching though your cupboards. Everything they need should be available right before them. Keep plenty of toilet paper in the bathroom, clean towels and most importantly, clean and hairless soap.
3 Remove All pictures of scantily clad ladies
While you may think a little eye candy never hurt anyone, having your walls plastered with half naked women doesn’t exactly send out the right message. It kinda just screams “perve”. Same goes for lad mags. Artwork is a different matter however, tasteful nudes are fine but certainly not in copious amounts. Take it easy tiger!
4 Clean The Kitchen.
Remnants of last week’s party shouldn’t be kept for posterity. Bin them in a discrete manner. Leftovers in the fridge should be removed. Don’t keep food till it grows legs, it makes your fridge look like a bio hazard waiting to happen. A clean kitchen is a good reflection on a man. Keep the benches and the stove tops clean.
It should look as if you never cook ! Talk about a mystery, does this fellow eat out every night or is he such a brilliant cook he never spills any food and runs a tight ship shape kitchen…hmmm.
5 Remove Pictures of your ex
Nobody cares if you’re still friends and regularly braid each other’s hair, pics of the ex need to go, it just looks like you are unable to move on and quite frankly it’s a little weird. No one wants to be confronted by reminders of their predecessor. Keep a clean slate in the pad. Sure keep photos of old flames but keep them where everybody else does, in a photo album.
6 Keep a Well Stocked bar.
You need everything and anything available at your fingertips. Don’t be the guy who goes to make a cocktail and then finds he is missing one vital ingredient because I can guarantee you that just as the final pieces of your puzzle are being formed to create that amazing cocktail, the one which will make you the talk of the party you will find there is one thing missing. Now here is the trick to having a well stocked bar. Be well versed in a selection of special drinks that you can make plus every standard that might be requested.
7 Remove Juvenile art
We totally love Family Guy as much as the next, um, guy, but a poster of Stewie is not classified as legitimate wall art. It is if you’re 14 and still being dropped off to football practice by your mother but since we assume that’s not the look you’re going for, best to ditch it. If you must hang stuff up, opt for vintage prints, cool photographs, or genuine bonafide art.
8 Buy Stylish Furniture.
I really can’t stress how important it is that your furniture looks like it was a deliberate choice and not just random pieces gathered over time. If this means giving away your furniture to the local charity store and starting over then do it.
Be minimal, practical and stylish and you will be amazed how it all comes together.
9 Remove Strategically Placed Mirrors
We know what you’re up to.
10 Be Organised
Invest in proper storage to make sure any clutter is put away (or can easily be hidden at a moment’s notice) and do a regular clean up to make sure it’s neat. By working towards good storage you are likely to find lots of things that you really don’t need.