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10 things men should never have in their home

Sarah Tolle – Homify Canada Sarah Tolle – Homify Canada
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Concerning your bachelor’s pad, there’s a clear line between carefree and careless. Fully launched into the single life of a bachelor, you can still enjoy the freedom of spending your weekends with your buds, playing countless hours of video games, and ordering way too much take-out pizza… but your space should begin to reflect the professional and mature guy that you currently are, with less emphasis on the frat-house lifestyle of your past.

1. Oversized ugly leather furniture

2. A sectional with cup holders (or hidden under a blanket)

Reserve this for your man cave.

3. A fish tank*

36″LX24″HX24″W STANDARD MARINE TANK WITH CABINET & HOOD by Prime Aquariums Ltd Classic
Prime Aquariums Ltd

36″LX24″HX24″W STANDARD MARINE TANK WITH CABINET & HOOD

Prime Aquariums Ltd

*Unless you can really take care of it. If it's going to turn into a scummy mess, best not.

4. A bean bag near a pile of video games

Yes, it can still be your number one hobby. Just don’t let it be the number one thing that people see when they walk into your room.

5. A shrine to drinking

No need to stack up your empty liquor bottles above your kitchen cabinets or display them prominently on your windowsill. If you still feel the urge to show off your drinking finesse, build yourself a cool crate like this one.

6. Hand me down furniture that should probably go in the dump

Invest some of your paycheck into a few key upgrades: a new mattress and sofa are first on the list.

7. Cheap, mismatched or stained linen

8. Piles of dirty dishes

This goes for anyone,  not just the guys. You’ll have to wash them anyway, so avoid the pile-up and the stink and just wash them before things start to get crusty.

9. ​Piles of laundry

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No, hiding it under a blanket doesn't count. Easily solved with the addition of a hamper (or two), there’s no reason why you should be tripping over your clothes. Save yourself the hassle, and you’ll never have to give those awkward excuses (“please excuse the mess, I wasn’t expecting anybody”) when someone stops by.

10. ​Toys

You can have your toys, but display them tastefully, as the designers of this media room demonstrate. Take a full tour of this seriously cool basement here.

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