House cleaning could possibly be the last thing you would think about when trying to spice up your sex life. But having a clean home has proven to have a great impact on your desire to be intimate, according to new research. A recent survey found that women are much more likely to get it on in a clean and organised space, and actually prefer having a clean environment over intimacy.
According to the new survey from Declutter, researchers have discovered that, if they had to choose, 44% of people prefer a clean living space over sex. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have both. In the survey of more than 1,000 people, 50% of respondents said they’re highly likely to have sex after their partner has done household chores, and 60% said a clean, organised bedroom really gets them in the mood. Seriously, watching a partner do the dishes or run the vacuum gives me all the feels. If you really want to heat things up, just set aside a day for you and your partner to spring clean.
“When it comes to dating, Americans are hesitant to continue a relationship with someone whose household isn’t organised with 40% of respondents reporting that they’re likely to end a relationship with someone who has a cluttered and/or dirty home,” a press release about the survey noted. If you think about it, clearing the clutter as a path to getting closer to your partner actually makes a whole lot of sense. After all, how you do one thing is how you do everything.
“Clutter is a physical barrier to intimacy. If you can’t even see the bed because things are piled up all over it, there’s no room for someone else to share it,” Gayle Gruenberg, professional organiser and founder and CEO of Let’s Get Organised, said on her website. “Clutter is also a figurative barrier to intimacy. Why is stuff piled up all over the bed? The answer would be different for each individual or couple. In my experience, the underlying issues in the relationship can be what caused the clutter, and the clutter contributes to the underlying issues.”
“Clutter can be the physical manifestation of a lack of communication, and more clutter is actively brought in to further prevent that communication. Papers, books, and projects all over the kitchen or dining room table prevents sitting down and having a meal together, facing each other, discussing deep topics, planning the future, bonding, growing,” Gruenberg explained.
Forthcoming research from the Council of Contemporary Families dives into the division of chores between partners at home and finds that heterosexual couples who share housework equally not only enjoy more sexual satisfaction and happier relationships, but they’re having more sex, too.
Daniel Carlson, Assistant Professor of Family, Health, and Policy in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Utah and the lead author of the study published a preview brief on CCF’s website where he uncovers some eye- and leg-opening research: “Although less than one-third of the couples we studied shared housework equally, these were the couples who, in contrast to couples in earlier decades, reported the highest marital and sexual satisfaction. In fact, this is the only group among which the frequency of sexual intercourse has increased since the early 90s.”
Additionally, doing household chores can improve cognitive function, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. Perhaps the potential for sex and the promise of brain health are the reasons why more people will spring clean their homes this year than ever before.