Half the UK would stop people coming into their homes because of THIS

We've only got ourselves to blame

It goes without saying that we're a house proud lot down here at Ideal Home HQ. And we like nothing better than showing off our homes. Well, in most circumstances. Because, like 47 per cent of the UK population, there is one thing that would put us off letting people in.

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Would it stop you?

hallway lighting with white walls and wooden floor

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Woolley)

The answer – of course – is clutter. From last night's pizza boxes to toys to dirty laundry, any mess will make nearly 50 per cent of us think twice about inviting someone over the threshold. And more often than not it's because we're embarrassed.

Life coach and This Morning regular Ben Edwards can tell a lot about a person from their home. 'If they have a minimalist, clean house, this often means that they like to keep their thoughts organised too,' he says.

'However, it could mean the opposite! This could mean they have a lot going on in their head, and this is a way of counterbalancing that. Meanwhile, people who may feel they haven’t got a lot going on in their lives might hoard as a distraction technique.'

And when it comes to clutter, the survey conducted by Blinds Hut (opens in new tab) also reveals that there's a main culprit in every room. Can you guess what?

Related: The problem-solving storage that will save your home from clutter

Bathroom clutter

budget bathroom ideas with bathroom clutter

(Image credit: Future PLC/Lizzie Orme)

Toiletries came top, making up 53 per cent of bathroom clutter. Dirty towels on the floor, radiator or back of the door polled third at 14 per cent.

Bedroom clutter

girls bedroom ideas with beautiful wall stickers

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

No surprises here that dirty clothes came out as our worst clutter offender, with 30 per cent of the vote.

Living room clutter

pale pink living room with wall of wooden storage

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

Apparently, magazines and newspapers account for 33 per cent of lounge clutter. We're assuming that copies of Ideal Home don't count...

Dining room clutter

round white table with multi colored plastic chairs and shelf with artwork on it

(Image credit: future PLC/Colin Poole)

Related: Hallway storage ideas – to create a practical entrance that is neat and tidy

Erm, confusingly, chairs came top in this room with 29 per cent of the vote. We don't advise you get rid of them though!

Amy Cutmore
Amy Cutmore

Amy Cutmore is Editor-in-Chief, Homes Audience, working across the Future Homes portfolio. She works on titles including Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, Livingetc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc, Top Ten Reviews and Country Life. And she's a winner of the PPA's Digital Content Leader of the Year. A homes journalist for two decades, she has a strong background in technology and appliances, and has a small portfolio of rental properties, so can offer advice to renters and rentees, alike.